Assisting Members of the Military
Mercury Assembles Care Packages for Troops Stationed Overseas
Each year, since 2008, Mercury employees, agents, and vendors have gathered in Mercury offices throughout Southern California – and even in right field of Petco Park – to assemble care packages for the brave men and women serving overseas in our Nation’s military. “The Mercury Insurance packing party hits really close to home for a lot of employees,” said Stephanie Behnke, a Mercury employee and proud Army veteran.
Employees fill packages with items requested by troops, including playing cards, holiday decorations, beef jerky, candy and trail mix, and toiletries like toothpaste, razors, lotion and deodorant. “These packages tell those defending our country that they’re in our thoughts,” said Behnke. “It’s our way of delivering a little piece of home to the troops and showing appreciation for their service.”
The packing party takes place each year around September 11, as co-founders, Melyssa Jones and Monica Nungaray started the cause to send care packages as a thank you.
Mercury Donates Vehicles to Provide Disabled Veterans with Reliable Transportation
Mercury helps those in need on a local, grassroots level, and this includes our work with Recycled Rides, a project in which damaged cars provided by insurance companies are repaired and donated to local charities.
Mercury has partnered with Disabled American Veterans California Chapter since 2014 to provide reconditioned vehicles that the organization uses to transport veterans to and from medical appointments. “These vehicles make it so much easier for us to provide disabled vets with transportation to and from VA medical facilities,” said DAV State Commander Michael Steinbaugh. “Many sick and disabled veterans lack transportation, which makes it difficult for them to receive needed treatment. Mercury’s donated vehicle will be used by DAV to directly help these men and women.”