Dec 5, 2013 11:47 PM by Erin Steuber
A Lafayette based business is giving back to those deployed overseas for the holidays. Operation Treats for Troops is in its sixth year at the Lemoine Company. Last year the company's three offices sent more than 500 packages overseas. But this year the project has a unique twist.
Pack, tape, label and ready to ship. It's all part of the holiday tradition for employees at the Lemoine Company.
"It's heart-warming to be able to give back, and give something to make their holiday a little bit brighter," said Gregory Ellison.
They're busy preparing care packages for soldier overseas.
"We have an office here, Baton Rouge and New Orleans," said CEO Leonard Lemoine. "Combined we send out between 600 and 1,000 boxes every year."
Most of the care packages are sent to the men and women who are serving from Louisiana. And of course, no care package is complete without a piece of home.
"They love getting the Tony Chachere, and the Mellow Joy coffee, and those kind of products that otherwise they wouldn't have access to. It's a great thing," said Lemoine.
But this year it has a more personal touch. Two Lemoine Company employees are deployed in the same unit in Afghanistan. James Hoover is out of New Orleans, and Adam Ward is from right here in Acadiana.
"Alex we love you. Thank you so much for everything you do and fighting for our country. God bless you," said Ellison.
"You know, we want them to know that were behind them 100 percent. We think about them everyday. We look forward to having them back here, safe at home, as part of our team. We couldn't be more proud of what they're doing," said Lemoine.