Doubling Down: 2017 Boxes for Our Troops Results

August 21, 2017

The results are recorded, the tallies totaled and our July initiative for Military Awareness Month, Boxes for Our Troops, was a tremendous success. Designed to send care packages to our active military, Boxes for Our Troops enlisted the support of Carrington Associates to pack and ship an incredible 2,390 boxes active duty servicemembers all over the world, more than doubling last year’s total of 1,008!

Congratulations to our three winning teams for the Boxes for Our Troops contest (A runner up was added because the numbers were so close):

Team Gina Martinez and Maggie Salac in Anaheim took the prize for a team with less than 50 people, with 33 boxes.

Team Julie Beamish and Mike Dorner in Anaheim were victorious in the category of teams of more than 50 people, with 429 boxes. Both teams won a catered breakfast and lunch in the office from the Executive Team.

Runner up: Team Westfield with 421 boxes. They won a bagel and donut breakfast.

“This has been the most successful year of Boxes for Our Troops since we started this event eight years ago,” said Shelly Lawrence, Executive Director of Community Relations, Carrington Charitable Foundation. “This just goes to show how charitable and giving our Associates can be. I am proud to be part of a family of companies where so many work so hard to help our country’s military.”

Shelly says she knows Carrington Associates have always been passionate about participating in charitable events, but this year was a big surprise. “Every location took time out of their busy day to help make this the best year yet by donating hundreds of dollars or items then wrapping, packing and shipping them,” said Shelly. “The turn out and generosity was amazing. It really shows that we can do good by honoring our active military with boxes of love. When I think about the smiles these service men and women will have on their faces because of Carrington Associates, it makes me proud.”

Associates from across all locations, some whom are Veterans themselves, stepped up to make this initiative a deeply personal moment as they honored others who serve.

“This effort means a lot to me, with both my youngest son and his wife currently deployed to Afghanistan for the next eight months,” said Mike Dorner, SVP, CPS Operations, who rallied all of CTS, CRES and his teams to donate more than $11,000 and 500 boxes to this initiative. Both his son and daughter-in-law are in a video that highlights the 82nd Airborne Division. Mike personally knows the value that these boxes bring to our troops, as well as his family.

“Soldiers like my son spend the majority of their time in the field with limited access to hot meals and running water,” he said. “When they come back to the base and get a care package from home, they know they’re in our thoughts and prayers.”

As an added benefit, the Carrington Real Estate Group companies, like many of our other business units and teams, combined fundraisers such as hot dog sales, ice cream Friday’s and a variety of raffles, that reflected the interests of each team. “This initiative is great for our troops and brings our Associates closer together, making Carrington an even stronger and better place to have a career,” Mike said.

Other Associates expressed their passion and experiences about the initiative as well. Mat Burns, VP, National Closing in Anaheim said, “The hard work felt easy, because everyone came together for a great cause.”

In Plano, bake sales, money donations, snack food purchases and delicious breakfast items all helped fill empty boxes with lots of love. From bath and beauty products to board games and such snacks as candy and gum, the boxes covered it all. Some teams even decorated boxes with surprise sentiments like “Thank you!” and “We love you!” Others had themes, like comic books and patriotic decorations of red, white and blue stars, stripes and flags.

Michelle Brannon, Servicing Support/Payoffs Senior Team Lead in Westfield said she had the chance to speak to her brother, Sgt. Brannon, U.S. Army, who has served for the past 12 years. He has been on two tours in Iraq, two tours in Afghanistan and has spent the past two years in South Korea. She said, “He thinks it’s great that Carrington Mortgage Services is a part of sending these packages to our country’s heroes.”

She also shared that Sgt. Brannon says, “Thank you” from Fort Campbell. He says they particularly enjoy the crossword puzzles, Sudoku and travel size games. 

Team Nashville even printed out copies of their team photo with thank you notes to include in the boxes. Although Nashville is one of our smallest Carrington locations, Associates there showed they have some of the biggest hearts.

“What a fun time this entire process was of hunting, gathering and completing these soldier boxes,” said Robyn Telles, Supervisor, Default Title Curative in Anaheim. “I’m extremely proud to have been a part of this teambuilding project. It’s something I truly value and love about this company.”

Shelly added, “I’m so lucky to work for a company that recognizes the need to help others – including those serving overseas. Carrington Associates are willing to look past their own needs and reach out to those who might need a little bit more support. These soldiers may not need everything we’re sending them, but just the sentiment lets them know someone from home is thinking about them. That makes me happy.”

We want to thank everyone who participated and supported Boxes for Our Troops. Because of you, we more than doubled last year’s total boxes sent, making this our most successful year yet!

The CMS Foreclosure team in Plano packed up plenty of love for servicemembers.

Here's the CMS Collateral Management team in Anaheim hard at work for the troops.

You can always count on creativity from the CMS Marketing team in Anaheim.