Four times a year, Performance Machine employees concentrate on a community service project that will benefit those in need or those who deserve a helping hand. Our first such venture was a blood drive during our first quarter, and you can see the results of that successful endeavor by reading PM Crew Rolls up Its Sleeves for the Red Cross.
For our second-quarter event, we’re gathering up goods for the Adoptaplatoon Soldier Support Effort to serve deployed U.S. service men and women to show them they’re not forgotten by a grateful nation. We’ve been collecting supplies to be shipped overseas and to date, we’ve gathered up more than 300 items.
Our adopted platoon is a 14-person Shock Trauma platoon of United States Marines. They are deployed from Guam and are in Afghanistan until sometime in September. They provide advanced trauma care to wounded and injured Marines, soldiers, coalition forces and local Afghans. These Marines live in tents and have access to running, non-potable water and power, but they don’t have a mess hall. That means they’re eating a lot of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and you can get tired of those in short order.
But they do have access to microwave ovens and an electric griddle and that’s where our employees come in. These Marines have an overwhelming desire for foodstuff from home that can be microwaved or grilled. Anything that can replace the “Beefsteak, Grilled, Chunked and Formed,” entree available in an MRE.
Each employee receives a raffle ticket for every item they donate, with a drawing scheduled on Friday during our Employee Appreciation Day.
What are these Marines hankering for? Here’s a partial list:
- Dried Fruit
- Canned/dried vegetables
- Can tuna or chicken
- Beef summer sausages
- Instant oatmeal
- Granola or protein bars
- Velveeta type cheese
- Energy drinks
- Ramen noodles
- Drink mix singles (teas, lemonades, etc)
- Chips and salsa
- Microwave popcorn
- Pop-top canned food (chili, soups etc)
- Coffee creamer (flavored is their favorite)
- Complete pancake mix (make with water only)
- Maple syrup
- Coffee filters
- Can opener
- Sunscreen with high SPF
They’ll also welcome mail, current magazines, books and current DVDs. If you do write, include an email address, because snail mail is just that and the Marines have access to email.
Our plans for future events include a Food Drive next quarter and possibly participating in Toys For Tots or Adopt a Family in the 4th quarter.