Everyone from summer campers to grandparents loves a care package filled with the comforts of home. Knowing that American soldiers are no exception, the associates at Santinelli International recently collected items to send to troops serving in the Middle East. After learning that the husband of one of the company’s associates was a U.S. Army captain currently stationed in Iraq, the team was inspired to collect items like non-perishable foods, toiletries, DVDs, home-baked goods and books to send to the captain’s unit, nicknamed The Immortals. Pet supplies and food were also collected for the unit’s new guard dog, Gunner, whom they recently rescued and adopted.

“As these troops are far from home, we wanted to provide some comfort to them, to brighten their days and keep their spirits up,” says company president and CEO, Gerard Santinelli, pictured with some of the associates who donated to the troops in Iraq. “We felt this small gesture was the least we could do, given the many sacrifices they are making.”    
—Lauren Taylor