Care Packages for Our Troops

Care Packages for Our Troops

SCE employees recently launched a company-wide effort to gather donations and thank you cards for troops serving overseas.

Southern California Edison employees created cards and artwork to include in care packages that will be delivered to Operation Gratitude on July 4.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lyle Treend currently works at SCE as a manager.

SCE employees prepare care packages for troops overseas.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 3:40pm

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Staff Sgt. Lyle Treend served in the U.S. Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His time spent fighting for his country overseas was difficult.

But one thing that made it a bit easier for Treend and the other soldiers was receiving care packages from back home.

“’Mail call’ was one of the most important parts of the day. It was our connection to home and normality, and a brief mental getaway from the environment we lived in,” he said. “The feeling of isolation and the thought of being forgotten by those we left behind was common. Life didn’t stop stateside, but stood still for us in the unforgiving sands of Iraq and Kuwait.”

Treend is now back home and a manager at Southern California Edison (SCE). He recently joined co-workers to prepare packages in partnership with Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends more than 150,000 packages each year to troops and veterans.

Read full story on Edison's Online Newsroom.