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Operation Shoebox recognizes ECRM for support of soldiers abroad

CLEVELAND — ECRM recently was recognized for its involvement with the nonprofit organization Operation Shoebox, a charity that delivers personal care items, food and stationery to soldiers stationed all around the world.

More than 1,000 bags filled with product are sent to soldiers weekly. ECRM began donating leftover items from its EPPS events to Operation Shoebox in 2008. The founder of Operation Shoebox, Mary Harper, presented Mitch Bowlus, president of ECRM, with a plaque and flag that was flown in Iraq. The plaque was presented to recognize ECRM’s continuous support.

“Operation Shoebox is proud to be partnered with ECRM, and what people may not realize is that the ECRM family has touched the lives of so many deployed troops all over the world with their generous donations to Operation Shoebox," Harper said. "Because of their willingness to help, many troops have received needed items that we would not have been able to ship had ECRM not been there for us."

In the past three years, ECRM and its customers have donated more than $400,000 in products. “We appreciate those that serve our country and feel it is important to support our troops in any way we can," Bowlus said. "Our manufacturer customers have been extremely supportive and generous in assisting with our donations to the troops. We receive so many letters from troops thanking us for involvement. It is evident that Operation Shoebox is making a difference, and we are so happy to be a part of their mission."

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