Instead of making lawn mowers on this Veterans Day, workers at an eastern Nebraska factory will be assembling care packages destined for overseas soldiers.
Patty Kaufman, spokeswoman for Exmark Manufacturing in Beatrice, says parent company Toro offered a five-thousand dollar grant for the supplies and each employee will create a care package, each containing about 60 items.
There’s a toiletry bag with things like soap, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush and Chapstick, while there’s plenty of food, including: candy, trail mix, Ramen noodles, instant lunches and beef jerky.
Exmark is also getting a hand from Walmart in providing goods for the care packages and is working with Blue Star Mothers, based in Lincoln, to provide names and the postage to send the packages.
Kaufman says the care packages will be assembled at the new Army and National Guard Regional Training Center, in west Beatrice.
“We just love the tie-in of Veterans Day and packing these care packages and being at the armory,” she says. “After each employee packs a care package, they will carry it to an Army truck and pack it in the Army truck and then they will be providing the transportation up to Blue Star Mothers in Lincoln.”
Exmark employees will put together 250 care packages, but the exact destinations are not known by company employees.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice