In June, the Consumer Operations team decided to participate in a community outreach program during our team time at the retreat. Our goal was to spread kindness and positivity to our local community, specifically to the veterans at the VA Hospital in Asheville, NC. We wanted to show our appreciation for their service and bravery, so we created 50 L&E tote bags filled with various items that would provide entertainment and comfort. These bags included playing cards, crossword puzzles, word searches, colored pencils, watercolor paints, watercolor paper, gum, snacks, candy, and paintbrushes for the residents.
In addition to the items, we wanted to make sure that each bag was personalized and heartfelt. So, we wrote a handwritten note to the veterans expressing our sincere gratitude for their service and sacrifice. We wanted them to know that their contributions to our country do not go unnoticed and that we are forever grateful for their commitment to our nation.
On Friday after the retreat, we had the privilege of hand-delivering the bags to the hospital and the veterans. The residents expressed their gratitude with smiles and words of appreciation. We had the opportunity to speak with some of the veterans and hear their stories, which was truly humbling. It was a wonderful experience for all of us, and we are looking forward to more opportunities to give back to our community in the future.
Since 2017, L&E Research has proudly supported the Veteran’s Life Center (VLC). The VLC offers housing, support, counseling, and services to veterans who have returned from war, helping them move forward with their lives and achieve happiness and productivity.
“My father was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He had several brushes with death that haunted him mentally. Lacking healthy ways to cope, he turned to alcohol and his struggles continued for many years before he was diagnosed with PTSD. Dad was lucky enough to eventually get help but very few of our veterans have that opportunity. While he’s not with us today, I know he’d want his fellow veterans to get the help and care they deserve regardless of economic means. L&E Research is proud to support VLC’s mission.” L&E’s CEO, Brett Watkins
We are also supporters of the Marketing Research Education Foundation (or the MREF), a global organization that helps marginalized children access high-quality education. Through financial and human resources, and involving researchers across the globe, the MREF funds a wide range of projects aimed at offering the opportunity for a better life to every child.