Mercury Insurance Employees Send ‘Thank You’ Care Packages to the Troops
Mercury has a deep-rooted and natural connection to the military. Founder and Board Chair George Joseph served in World War II, many employees are veterans themselves, and many have sons and daughters who are currently serving in our Nation’s armed forces.
Melyssa Jones and Monica Nungaray, employees in the Camarillo office, had a vision to show members of our military how much we appreciate their service and, in 2008, co-founded Mercury’s annual “packing party” to assemble care packages for troops stationed overseas. Nungaray, whose two sons served in the Marines, feels especially close to this project.
“Many Marines and sailors never even receive a piece of mail, let alone a care package,” said Nungaray. “They risk their lives and endure harsh conditions every day, so the least we can do is provide a little touch of home to let them know how much we appreciate their service.”
Watch the packing party in a time-lapse video.
The employee-driven packing parties bring together Mercury employees, military personnel and veterans. Each care package is thoughtfully assembled and includes items requested by active-duty soldiers, such as toiletries, snacks, games, comfort food and holiday decorations.
“It really feels good when you receive one of these care packages,” said Trent Carney, active-duty U.S. Navy, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3. “The food abroad is different and to get a little piece of home can change your outlook and make your day better.”
These care packages are a small way for Mercury to deliver a touch of home and show how much we appreciate the sacrifice and hard work put forth by members of the Nation’s armed services.
Mercury employees have assembled thousands of care packages throughout the years, which have been sent overseas to servicemen and women stationed in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, South Korea and other locations around the world.