For most of us, getting a fresh, piping-hot pizza pie is as easy as making a phone call—but how do you deliver to the men and women serving in one of the most dangerous places on earth?
This Fourth of July, DHL Express and Pizzas 4 Patriots are once again taking Independence Day celebrations abroad to the US servicemen and women overseas. With a special delivery of 5,000 pizzas, troops even in the furthest operating bases in Afghanistan will get a taste of home and a reminder of how much their service is appreciated.
Pizzas 4 Patriots, a Chicago-based non-profit organization, was created in 2008 when Retired Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his son Kent had the idea to deliver freshly frozen, partially baked Chicago-style pizzas to US troops serving abroad to show their appreciation for the troops’ service. Since Pizzas 4 Patriots began working with international shipping specialist DHL Express, Evans and his son have delivered more than one million “slices of home” to US servicemen and women worldwide.
“It’s a huge endeavor but well-worth the effort when I see the looks on the faces of our men and women in combat who received these care packages in the past—it can be an emotional experience,” said Mark Evans. “I created Pizzas 4 Patriots to show my support and appreciation for US servicemen and women, and I am grateful for DHL Express’ support in making this delivery possible.”
DHL Express is donating the staff, infrastructure, and resources of its global express delivery network to execute this Independence Day mission. Given the scorching Middle East summer heat, international shipping specialists will work against the clock to ensure the perishable care packages are delivered fresh and in perfect condition. DHL personnel will load the perishable pies onto direct US flights to the Middle East, re-icing the packages along the route and tracking the shipments every step of the way.
In addition to transportation, tracking and logistics management, DHL Express will work closely with the US military to provide final, door-to-door delivery at the military bases. The pizza will be distributed to various forward operating bases in Afghanistan.
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