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Members of the Military and Mercury Insurance Assemble Care Packages for Troops Overseas

More than 120 boxes containing everything from toiletries to comfort food will be shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan, Cambodia and on the USS San Diego on September 11th

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Members of the military and employees from Mercury Insurance assembled more than 120 care packages for U.S. armed forces stationed in Afghanistan, Cambodia and on the USS San Diego. The packages were shipped today, making this the sixth consecutive year Mercury’s staff has sent gifts to military personnel. 

The “Packing Party” at Mercury’s Camarillo office was co-founded by Mercury employees Melyssa Jones and Monica Nungaray. Nungaray’s eldest son served with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and Iraq, and her youngest son also served in the Marines. “These soldiers are stationed far from their homes for extended periods of time,” said Jones. “The care packages are our way to provide a small gift from home and say thank you for your service.”

Each package contains 20 to 30 items requested by active-duty soldiers, including toiletries, magazines, books, videos, card games, snacks and comfort food.

“We’re grateful to continue this employee-driven program year after year,” said Stephanie Behnke, Mercury claims innovation director and a U.S. Army veteran. “This event is close to our hearts, as these soldiers are sons, daughters, parents and friends who risk their lives for us on a daily basis.”

Participants in the event included members of the military from Naval Base Ventura County, as well as agents and employees from Mercury’s Camarillo and Valencia offices, Valley Motor Center, Reseda Collision, Schiro’s Collision Repair, Jones & Maulding Insurance, Peakes Insurance, Krouse Insurance, Lytle Insurance, DiGerolamo Family Insurance, Gaspar Insurance, AIS insurance and Smith Insurance.


Mercury Insurance (MCY) is a multiple-line insurance organization predominantly offering personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent agents in Florida, Georgia, California, New Jersey, Arizona, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Since 1962, Mercury has specialized in offering quality insurance at affordable prices – core values that distinguish Mercury in the marketplace.

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