TQL Salutes The Military With Record Donations In May
TQL long has supported active and veteran service members, but this year’s Military Appreciation Month marked our best May yet.
We proudly raised a record $64,780 through Hauls for Heroes, a campaign in which we donated $1 for every freight load arranged May 16-22, and our volunteers assembled an all-time high 8,600 care packages for the troops.
Watch: TQL Military Month 2022 Recap
We presented a check to the United Service Organizations of Ohio and Disabled American Veterans before our “Helpy Hour” at TQL headquarters May 26. A hundred TQL’ers stocked care packages with chips, gum, cereal, cookies, playing cards and more as they enjoyed beer, wine and snacks.
Our Lexington and Charlotte offices will assemble care packages at later dates.
Because TQL salutes those who serve our county and ensure our freedom, our appreciation did not end there. Patriotic lights brightened the outside of TQL’s building headquarters all month and service members were honored inside with personalized name cards on a Military Tribute Wall.
Together with our employees, customers and carriers, TQL has donated more than $378,500 and 12,500 care packages to active military and veterans since 2009.
USO Ohio executive director Sherry Ems said this year’s care packages will be given to Cadet Command Summer Training participants at Fort Knox in Kentucky. TQL’s financial donation will support every USO location in Ohio.
The impact of military donations was not lost on veterans at our company.
TQL account rep Kate E. used to receive military care packages from various organizations as a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class stationed in Southern California and Pearl Harbor. She worked on P-3 Orion aircraft and E-2 Hawkeyes as an engine mechanic.
Since her 2020 hire at TQL, she has reversed roles and sent care packages to service members. She recommended loading up their boxes with beef jerky because they “go crazy for it on deployment” and keeping the endeavor going.
“Any service member at any time will love it. Any type of care package can make their day or their deployment,” Kate said.
Logistics account executive Denise H. also knows firsthand how donations can affect service members. A Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, the hospital corpsman completed a medical mission in Vietnam and a second tour in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan.
She received care packages about every few months when she was deployed. From chips and Slim Jims to granola bars, it was “always nice to have a little taste of home over there,” Denise said.
She served for eight years. Three months ago, she started a career with a freight brokerage firm proudly committed to honoring service members.
“It’s definitely a perk, just knowing that TQL gives back to the military and respects the people that are fighting,” Denise said.
Are you an active duty member in the military or a veteran and want to learn more about working for TQL? Email RecruitMilitary@TQL.com for more info.