Insurance company ships items to troops

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 11:50 p.m. CDT
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(Jim Dallke – jdallke@shawmedia.com)
Country Financial of McHenry employees (left to right) Tracey Banzille, Adam Johnson, Todd Parks and Jason Shreeves read letters written by Landmark Elementary School students to U.S. troops overseas. The Country Financial team has collected letters, along with food and other supplies for U.S. troops for more than a month.

McHENRY – A McHenry insurance company recently began helping clients slightly outside of its coverage area.

Country Financial of McHenry started Operation Breakfast Mission, which provides nonperishable breakfast supplies to U.S. troops serving overseas. The insurance company started collecting items from within the office and from family and friends, but has now partnered with Landmark Elementary and Hilltop Elementary schools to increase donations.

Country Financial Service Assistant Tracey Banzille organized the donation effort after her son, who is serving overseas, received a package from another Country Financial in southern Illinois.

“I thought, ‘Why cant we do that?’ It’s really needed. They really need our support,” Banzille said.

Banzille said the company will ship supplies to soldiers serving anywhere overseas as long as he or she has an APO or FPO address. She said the supplies are not limited to breakfast items, as students have collected anything from sandals to personal handwritten letters.

Having already collected supplies from Landmark and Hilltop, Banzille said, the care packages could affect hundreds of U.S. soldiers.

“You don’t know how many people you can touch with a few packages,” she said. “Because it’s picking up everybody’s morale. That’s the main thing. It might just be a toothbrush to us. But for them, it’s a box saying you haven’t been forgotten. And we still remember you.”

Country Financial representative Adam Johnson said sending supplies to the troops has been a rewarding experience for his office.

“We protect people every day in a different kind of way, and it’s nice when clients and people say thank you to us for helping them,” Johnson said. “So why not show the same appreciation to the troops overseas that don’t always get a thank you.”

Country Financial is still in need of items such as baby wipes, toothbrushes, disposable razors and cotton swabs. They also are looking for nonperishable items like hot chocolate and tea.

“This is a first for our office,” said Jason Shreeves, Country Financial representative. “It’s the right thing to do. The war has been going on for quite a long time. There are people giving up things that we weren’t willing to give up. It’s just part of giving back.”

Get involved

Country Financial is still in need of items such as baby wipes, toothbrushes, disposable razors and cotton swabs. They also are looking for nonperishable items like hot chocolate and tea. Those interested in donating items can contact Country Financial at 815-344-9825.

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