Lockheed Martin Employees Close 2012 by Giving Back
During times of need, Lockheed Martin employees have consistently demonstrated a willingness to take action – and this year was no exception.
Employees donated more than 9,000 gifts, 2,000 pounds of food, and 650 meals for families in need, as well as 6,200 care packages for troops this holiday season.
Additionally, the corporation donated more than $25 million to nonprofit organizations in 2012, and to date, its employees volunteered more than 650,000 hours to worthy community organizations.
“In 2012, Lockheed Martin employees generously donated time and resources to important community programs and initiatives,” said Lockheed Martin’s President and Chief Operating Officer Marillyn Hewson. “With more than 650,000 volunteer hours and counting, our employees are engaged in their local communities and helping those in need. I’m proud of their work, and I look forward to their continuing support in 2013.”
One holiday partnership involved support for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Lockheed Martin employees helped load the Blue Angels’ C-130 cargo plane, also known as Fat Albert, with more than 900 toys for children affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
See more photos from Fat Albert’s “sleigh ride.”
Supporting Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Employees also made a special delivery of more than 1,900 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The food was collected by employees in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and included everything from canned goods to baby supplies for those displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
“We are very grateful and honored to be the recipient of the generosity of the staff at Lockheed Martin,” said Margie Barham, executive director of the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Your giving spirit has shown that people do care about others and when times are tough we all pull together to make it better. We thank you more than words can express.”
Sharing Holiday Cheer
Another holiday giving opportunity involved care packages for troops. This holiday season, employees in New Jersey, New York, Virginia and California stuffed more than 6,200 holiday care packages to bring Christmas cheer to troops overseas. These packages were just a small part of the 19,000 USO care packages Lockheed Martin employees prepared in 2012.
And each year, hundreds of employees in Denver raise money, collect toys, and deliver care packages to over 250 families through an organization called Operation Santa Claus, which has been around since 1958.
Delivering these goods has become a tradition for Dion Asuncion of Lockheed Martin and her family. Asuncion, who serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, described her involvement. “Having been a single mother myself, it literally brought tears to my eyes the first time my children and I delivered food to a family in need,” she said. “It makes our Christmas to be able to do a little to help our neighbors. After all, who among us hasn’t needed a helping hand along the way?”
Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s volunteerism and other philanthropic causes.