Two companies are about to show Veterans some major appreciation in honor of Veterans Day. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the nation’s largest franchised moving company, and Cheeriodicals, a national corporate team-building and corporate gifting company, are partnering to assemble and deliver duffel bags to Veteran facilities in four U.S. cities throughout the month of November.
Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and state veteran homes in Orlando, Florida; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Portland, Maine; and Fayetteville, North Carolina will receive the duffel bags filled with items intended to brighten their days a little bit more.
“Partnerships like this help VA support Veterans, families and caregivers,” said Sabrina Clark, director of VA’s Voluntary Services Program. “VA is proud to partner with organizations that facilitate building relationships that are valuable and critical to meeting our mission.”
While TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Cheeriodicals have worked together for the past eight years to deliver Cheeriodicals’ signature big, green boxes of care to VA hospitals, children’s hospitals and more, this will be the first year the pair assembles and delivers duffel bags. The black and green duffel bags will contain items that have typically gone into Veteran boxes, including a blue fleece blanket and a tumbler adorned with the message, “thank you for your service.” The duffel bags will also contain toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks and crossword puzzle books. Each duffel bag will also have a luggage tag featuring the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Cheeriodicals logos.
“At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we pride ourselves on partnering with Veteran organizations to provide care to the brave men and women who have served our country,” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® President Randy Shacka said. “From our joint efforts with Cheeriodicals to our Movers for Military® program, our brand prioritizes showing appreciation to all those Veterans who fight for our freedoms. We’re thrilled to partner again with Cheeriodicals this year and deliver duffel bags to Veteran facilities. Our franchisees enthusiastically support this mission and we’re happy to see this campaign catch on locally.”
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fayetteville team and Cheeriodicals will assemble 70 duffel bags and deliver them to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center on November 6.
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Portland location and Cheeriodicals will deliver 50 duffel bags to the Maine Veterans’ Homes Scarborough location on November 12.
In Michigan, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees will assemble 300 bags at its Frontline Annual Meeting for movers, drivers, customer service representatives and franchise managers from across the system. Then, Cheeriodicals and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will deliver bags to the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center on November 15.
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Orlando locations and Cheeriodicals will assemble 100 duffel bags and deliver them to the Orlando VA Medical Center on November 20.
“Cheeriodicals values TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a national partner,” Cheeriodicals President Gary Parisher said. “Cheeriodicals is endlessly grateful to Veterans and these duffel bags are a small token of our appreciation. We all look forward to delivering bags in person at local VA facilities around the country.”
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s relationship with Cheeriodicals began eight years ago when Cheeriodicals CEO Gary Parisher was looking for a way to deliver “big green boxes of cheer” to a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. While driving in Birmingham, Alabama, he saw a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving truck driving by with its motto plastered on the side: “Movers Who Care®.” He called the number and expressed his predicament. To his surprise, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® told him they would deliver the boxes free of charge. Eight years later, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and Cheeriodicals have partnered across the U.S. and Canada to make more than 300 deliveries and donate more than 90,000 boxes to VA medical centers, state Veteran homes, children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, and other charities.