Red Lion employees create 200 military care packages

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Red Lion Hotels hosted a convention Wednesday for its employees. The convention brought people from all over to Spokane to work toward company goal and create care packages for troops serving overseas.

Leaders with the company said because they are based in Spokane they wanted to show their support to the men and women at Fairchild Air Force Base.

“We're taking a moment to stop and recognize the men and women that really matter and those are the men and women in the armed forces and armed services," said Harry Sladich with Red Lion Hotels.

More than 50 employees spent Wednesday inside the Red Lion Hotel putting together care packages. Each package contained a handwritten thank you note.

The group put together 200 packages which included food, towels, and toys.

"Anything from home, anything at all from home is really special when they've been deployed for a long time," said Sladich.

Red Lion Hotel employees also paused to remember the three airmen from Fairchild who were recently killed in Kyrgyzstan. The three airmen died when their KC-135 crashed near the Transit Center at Manas.

Fifty of the care packages created on Wednesday will go to the crash victims’ squadron. 

"We're very, very connected to the base, they're part of our community and they've been a part of our community so we felt a special affiliation with them," said Sladich.
 
Company leaders said the packages should arrive overseas by Father’s Day.

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