THOMASTON, CT, USA – Ward Leonard Electric Company held its first Operation Shoebox charity drive recently, collecting donated items for our troops deployed outside of the United States.
Started in 2003, Operation Shoebox is an organization which was founded in order to raise morale and let the men and women defending our country know that they are cared about. Based in Bellview, Florida, Operation Shoebox has over 1300 dedicated volunteers in three locations and is dependent upon people all across the country who donate their time, money and assistance in accomplishing the mission; without them, the organization would not be able to accomplish what they do.
“On behalf of Operation Shoebox of Belleview, Florida we are so appreciative of all the efforts put forth by everyone,” said Volunteer Coordinator Janet Oliver.
The drive concluded with a military appreciation luncheon on August 17, held for all employees who donated much-needed items ranging from snacks and personal care items to board games and letters of thanks in support of our soldiers overseas. Ward Leonard collected over 300 pounds of goods to be distributed to our troops.
Ward Leonard President Michael Clute said of the drive: “The Ward Leonard Team has prided itself over many decades in providing our armed forces with mission-critical power transmission and control solutions to sustain their efforts in the most demanding global environments. Our humble, yet enthusiastic, support of Operation Shoebox today is just another way for us to individually and collectively support and honor those that selflessly commit themselves every day to defending our nation’s interests and way of life.”
Founded in 1892, Ward Leonard is a leading provider of electric motors, generators, power control components and systems for defense and industrial applications throughout the world. Our customers rely on our industry expertise to design and manufacture highly engineered products to meet rigorous standards and to withstand the harshest defense and industrial environments.