DynCorp International Provides Special Touch to Holiday Season for Military Children In-Need
DynCorp International donates 3,000 Apple iPod Touch Devices to the USO, benefiting military families in-need during the holiday season.
- (1888PressRelease) January 07, 2012 - DynCorp International wrapped a special gift this holiday season: 3,000 iPod Touch devices donated to USO chapters in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
On December 15, USO of Metropolitan Washington distributed 1,600 DynCorp International-donated iPod Touch devices at USO-Metro events held as part of USO-Metro's annual "Project Elf."
Through Project Elf, area companies, organizations and families can register to "sponsor" a local military child. DynCorp International donated one device for every child over the age of seven who was sponsored through the program. Ashley Vanarsdall Burke, vice president of communications at DI., volunteered at the Fort Belvoir event, handing out each iPod Touch as fast as she could.
"This [Project Elf] is such a great program," said Burke to a USO reporter. "Our company is made up of more than 60 percent veterans, so anywhere we can reach back out to the military community and make a difference, we are there," she added. "The USO is a great organization and programs like this are truly making an impact. We're proud to be a part of it."
DynCorp International also donated an additional 1,400 devices in the Dallas-Ft. Worth location to help support military families near DI's Texas offices.
Facebook Messages of Gratitude
Several service members and their families thanked DynCorp International for its donations in messages on the USO-Metro Facebook page:
"Thank you USO and a "high five" to my "elf" who bought my daughter awesome gifts!! And the iPod from DynCorp was an amazing surprise!! I am soo grateful for everything you all did for my family this Christmas!!! I def plan on paying it forward as soon as I can!!!"
"Thanks so much USO for Project Elf~ you made Christmas very special! Thanks also to DynCorp for being so generous! We're going to upload all of our favorite tunes & send it downrange to Daddy! Thanks so much USO for ALL that you do!"
"Just wanted to say thank you USO project Elf and DynCorp for your extreme generosity. No words can express just how blessed and grateful we are. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Visit DynCorp International's website to learn more about the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. Follow DynCorp International on Twitter, and visit their new blog Inside DI to learn more about how DynCorp International seeks to improve to the lives of U.S. military veterans and their families.