The New York Yankees, along with ServiceNation and Bank of America, today announced that Yankee Stadium's Great Hall will host more than 140 volunteers to help assemble approximately 5,000 Big Apple Packs for active servicemen and servicewomen on Veterans Day - Friday, November 11, 2011. Yankees front office employees, members of Jeter's Leaders, Bank of America's Community Volunteers, service members and veterans will be present to help prepare care packages for those serving in our Armed Forces.
On hand to lend support to the cause will be New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who will help assemble each pack with various items, including Yankees memorabilia. The USO of Metropolitan New York will distribute the packs to deploying troops and those serving in Afghanistan during this holiday season.
"It's important for all of us to recognize the enormous sacrifices made by our veterans and servicemen and servicewomen," said Girardi. "The Mission Serve initiative allows people throughout our country to give back to our heroes, and I'm proud to be one of the many volunteers supporting this worthwhile and meaningful program."
The event is part of the ServiceNation's Mission Serve program which was established in 2009, with support from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and seeks to establish Veterans Day as a day of service and celebration. On Veterans Day 2011, 11 civilian-military service projects will be held across the United States, including the care package USO event at Yankee Stadium, that will provide opportunities for the civilian and military communities to join together in service. These events are intended to bring focus to civilian-military integration, as well as to the importance of volunteerism and community service for our nation.
Details of the events can be found at www.missionserve.org.