AIT Worldwide Logistics Makes Transportation Donation
AIT Worldwide Logistics recently donated the trailer and associated transportation for a local community care package collection drive coordinated by CDW employees for Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois, Inc. (OSOTIL).
Founded in 2003 by the mother of a West Point cadet, OSOTIL is now one of the largest volunteer-based military support organizations in the country. Funded solely by donations, OSOTIL has earned the support of hundreds of individual and corporate donors who have delivered over 25,000 packages (an average of 120 boxes per week) to the troops deployed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
AIT staged a 20’ box truck at CDW’s facility in Vernon Hills from Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25. Employees and the local community dropped off contributions ranging from snacks, toiletries and other related items not readily available to the troops.
As a customer of AIT’s, CDW has been involved with OSOTIL since a coworker expressed an interest in the program in 2006.
Initially, the corporation hosted these collection drives internally every November in conjunction with Veteran’s Day. This year marked the first year that the care package collection became open to the entire community.
According to Sandy Pierantoni, Sr. Program Manager for CDW’s Community Relations department, coworkers donate an average of over 3,000 pounds of items during the week-long collection drives each year.
“AIT has been gracious enough to donate the use of their 20’ box truck for us to collect items during this drive,” Pierantoni said. “CDW relies a great deal on our business partners and the community to make events like this one a success.”
After being positioned at CDW for approximately one week, the donations were taken to the OSOTIL warehouse in Lisle, IL, on Monday, June 28. From there, the care packages will ultimately be transported overseas.
Corporate Public Relations Coordinator