Louisiana employees in New Iberia and Lake Charles have been busy helping their communities this fall. Both offices held a “Cell Phones for Soldiers” drive during the month of November. Phones collected are recycled and the proceeds are used to buy pre-paid calling cards for soldiers stationed overseas. New Iberia collected more than 40 phones and Lake Charles collected 22.
“I was inspired to participate after an employee in the Opelousas office, Darrel Minix, sent pictures from his second tour of duty in Iraq,” said Amy Sonnier, secretary for the New Iberia office. “Darrel has since returned home safely, but there are other soldiers stationed overseas who would appreciate the opportunity to speak with their families, especially during the holidays.” According to the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” Web site, each phone collected provides an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
The Lake Charles office also recently held a Thanksgiving canned food drive to benefit the local food pantry, Abraham’s Tent. The success of the Thanksgiving drive has prompted employees to hold another one for Christmas, with a collection goal of more than 100 cans of food.
“We really enjoyed starting up a food drive this year in our office, it feels really good to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays,” said Britney Mier, secretary, center, with Mark Matte, operations supervisor and Byron Hardy, senior marketing consultant. “The food banks in our area have been finding it hard to supply food to those in need, so it is great to know that we can lend a helping hand in that area of our community.”