LCVFSF staff members Bob Gorman, Mike Maguire, and Ron Bruner stand with their finished 2018 Care Package shipment.
A combined work team of Abbvie employees and LCVFSF staffers packed 156 Care Packages on November 30 at Abbvie’s Lake Forest campus. The packages were mailed to military men and women stationed in locations far away from their homes. The Care Package project for LCVFSF is in its third year. This is the first year our partner Abbvie participated
Each package contained goodies from home, everything from Takis to double A batteries to shavers to small board games. They even included garlands, Santa hats, and handwritten greetings from donors and grade school students, just in time for the holiday season.
Kristen Howard and her Abbvie co-chair, Michelle Raine-Shepherd added a new twist to this year's effort. Not only were packages specially packed for men and women, but two packages were tailored for deployed service dogs. A donation from Mail Everything Inc. in Libertyville helped take these packages half-way across the world and deliver them to their very special recipients.
“These packages are going to men and women in really remote areas,” said Howard. “These may be the only gifts they receive this holiday season.”
This month long project was co-funded by Abbvie and the Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation. Moreover, donations were also received from the employees of Continental Automotive Systems as well as caring friends of LCVFSF.
“This is one of the very special things we do,” said LCVFSF President Paul Baffico. "It’s our way of touching some of those who are serving on our behalf far away from their homes. To our sponsor Abbvie and all those who helped make this a warmer holiday for a deployed Service Member or dog, I thank you for your support.”