Thirty Pennsylvanians serving our country on active duty will receive extra supplies and a message of support from home this holiday season thanks to a partnership between Southwestern Energy Company employees and the local nonprofit Goodies For Our Troops.
Volunteers from SWN’s Tunkhannock office spent a day this month preparing care packages for the Goodies For Our Troops organization that will be sent to military members deployed overseas. SWN decided to support Goodies For Our Troops after several new employees recommended it during their initial training.
“We’re proud to support those who are risking their lives to protect our country and freedom around the world,” said Nicki Atkinson, SWN’s Northeast Appalachia Area Manager. “One of our key values at SWN is ensuring we have the ‘Right People Doing the Right Things,’ and learning about that principle inspired our new team members to give back in a meaningful way to our community and those protecting it.”
SWN employee volunteers assembled 30 care packages containing travel-size toiletries, snacks, handwarmers and other useful items, as well as a personal note. The volunteers included Edward Dudick, a SWN employee who serves as a captain in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
“Having been the recipient of similar care packages during my combat deployment to Afghanistan, I can honestly say this kind gesture is deeply appreciated by our soldiers, sailors, and airmen,” said Dudick, who is a commander in the National Guard’s A Battery, 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery.
Based in Wellsboro, Goodies For Our Troops has provided year-round care packages to deployed servicemembers and veterans’ homes since 2004.
“We appreciate the generous support of Southwestern Energy and know that our heroes will enjoy all the thoughtful gifts their employees delivered,” said Dawn Pletcher, Director of Goodies For Our Troops.
In addition to the volunteer day spent in the nonprofit’s office, SWN recently donated $2,000 to Goodies For Our Troops to purchase items for the packages, and employees plan to help raise additional money for postage through a toner-cartridge recycling effort.