Los Angeles — Mars, Inc. celebrated delivery of more than two million care packages to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude by including two Super Bowl tickets in the 2,000,000th package, while the 2,000,001th delivery included VIP passes to NASCAR’s Charlotte 600, the company reports.
Annually, Operation Gratitude sends more than 250,000 care packages to U.S. troops in all four branches, families of deployed troops, first responders, veterans, new recruits, and wounded troops and their caregivers. Each care pack includes snacks, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items as well as personal letters.
“It’s a privilege to partner with Operation Gratitude and support our U.S. service members, along with the communities that care for them,” says Matt Montei, vice-president, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. LLC. “As an Air Force veteran, it’s a great feeling to know that we’re giving our troops a taste of home, and recognizing their ongoing sacrifice, commitment and dedication to serving us every day.”
In honor of the two millionth care package, Mars has dedicated to donating $2 million worth of products by the end of 2018. The company’s history of supporting the military stretches back to World War II, when M&M’s were developed as military rations. Additionally, Wrigley supported troops throughout World War II by dedicating the entire output of Juicy Fruit and Doublemint gum for military rations, according to the company.