Exmark Manufacturing in Beatrice makes a point of recognizing their employees contributions at an annual "Owners Day" event. When the organizers realized this years event fell on Veteran's Day. They decided it would be a great time to treat American troops serving overseas. Spirits were high as Exmark employees packed 250 care packages.
Staff Sgt. Michael Glenn knows all about the key ingredients of a quality care package, "Can't live without the jerky, gotta have the beef jerky." Michael is a wounded warrior who has spent time serving overseas and will soon return to his job at Exmark, "You know what, there's a lot of soldiers that don't get care packages and my family sent me one weekly and it's just a great joy to actually have mail coming to you and opening it up and having great stuff like this, I mean it just makes the time go a little bit faster."
Rick Olson is the President and General Manager of Exmark, "We really just have a lot of pride as an American company and we want to support our troops that are serving us and recognize them on this day and that's an important value for us."
Supplies for the care packages were purchased with a $5,000 dollar grant from Exmark's parent company Toro. And the Beatrice Walmart was also instrumental in bringing this project to life. And lastly, the work of the Blue Star Mothers organization in Lincoln also played a very large role in making sure that the special packages were sent overseas and found their way into the hands of our brave American soldiers.