Knoxville team members send holiday care packages, cards to deployed military

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:36 pm EST


David Thayer, Head, North America Operations, Elavon

The dining room table at Knoxville employee Calvin Norwood’s home will be a little emptier this holiday season. His son-in-law Tech. Sgt. Khristian Pickett, military policeman, E-6, for Security Services, was deployed on Oct. 1.

“He has been in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for eight years, and this is his second deployment overseas,” Calvin said. “He will be gone nine months and has a wife, Samantha (my daughter), and two sons ages six and four.”

“We miss him, and I know it will be especially hard for my daughter and their two sons. However, we are extremely proud of everything he does in the line of duty.”

To put people first and show appreciation to deployed military such as Khristian, Knoxville employees participated in recent volunteer event, filling care packages with toiletry items, nonperishable snacks and magazines to send overseas.

Employees were invited to provide names and addresses of their loved ones who are currently deployed. Calvin shared Khristian’s information and said he and his daughter are looking forward to him receiving the package.

“I thought it was a great and meaningful gesture on U.S. Bank’s part,” Calvin said. “When I told my daughter, she was extremely thankful.”

“We are grateful to know there are people, especially at my workplace, who are thinking about our service men and women who put their lives on hold to serve their community. Not only do they serve, but their families do as well.”

Another Knoxville employee, Tanya Peters, says she is proud of her family’s involvement in the military, and she is happy to work for a company where members of the military are celebrated every day.

Her father was a WWII veteran, and many other family members and friends have served. Now, her friends’ adult children, who she considers family, are now deployed. She wanted to do something to show them care and support this holiday season. The timing of the care packages seemed perfect to her and she submitted their names and addresses.

“It means the world to be able to send a care package from my workplace to someone who I love and care about,” Tanya said. “They may not be blood-related, but their absence is definitely noticed throughout my family … it causes a ripple effect.”

Knoxville employees send dozens of care packages to deployed military each year. Additionally, employees and their children recently participated in an annual Holiday Cards for Heroes event, creating more than 400 handmade cards for deployed military.

Tracee Turpin, who heads up community and employee development efforts for Knoxville, said these events are important to the morale of both the employees and the recipients.

“Both events draw a lot of employee participation,” Tracee said. “The employees love knowing they are doing something to help deployed military have a cheerful holiday season.” 

Elavon’s Media Contact:

Cara Crifasi 
Corporate Communications 
+1 303-268-2412

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