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More than 200 Stater Bros. employees, helped by friends, suppliers and representatives from Operation Community Cares (OCC), an organization that supports the health and welfare of U.S. service members, will gather to prepare 1,000 care packages for local military members currently serving overseas, in observance of Armed Forces Day.
The event is scheduled to take place from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in the east parking lot of the Stater Bros. corporate offices and distribution center, in San Bernardino, Calif.
“The feedback we continue to get has been overwhelming as to how much a care package can do,” noted Ryan Orr, VP of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based OCC. “To think some simple items sent with love, can lift sprits and make them smile! We are told it saves lives!”
“Stater Bros. has a rich legacy of service to this great nation and a long-standing commitment to the support of our country’s veterans and service members,” said Jack H. Brown, cxecutive chairman of Stater Bros. Markets and a navy veteran. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Armed Forces Day than by preparing care packages from the heartland for our local military members to let them know we’re thinking of them and praying that they come home safe . . . and come home soon.”
The supermarket chain operates 168 supermarkets in Southern California, employing about 18,000 associates.