If you love gardening – especially hydroponic gardening – you may be supporting veterans by getting your supplies through the Hawthorne Gardening Company.
Hawthorne Gardening Company is North America’s largest distributor of hydoponic gardening products – which allows cultivators use to grow their plants indoors – and they’ve recently partnered with The American Legion to support the Operation Comfort Warriors Program.
The pun is intentional: “We are a company that has deep military roots,” said Brian Herrington, director of government affairs at Hawthorne. “We have veterans throughout the company. We have a deep passion for serving the military and their families.”
Operation Comfort Warriors meets the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. It ensures that patients at military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books and more.
“The American Legion is in the business of making the lives of our veterans and their families better,” said Director of Marketing and Business Development for The American Legion Scott Miller.
Chris Hagedorn, senior vice president and general manager of Hawthorne, said that supporting veterans is a shared responsibility.
“More than ever, our country’s veterans need our support and The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program is able to provide recovery items and services that are tailored to the individual needs of service members,” he said. “This is especially important to me as a member of a family with military roots, as well as a proud employer of military veterans.”
To kick off the relationship, Hawthorne and The American Legion are hosting a respite event Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. Around 500 veterans and their families will take in a Tacoma Rainiers Minor League baseball game and pre-game picnic.
“It’s more than just a game,” Herrington said. “We are going to do a pre-game picnic, then we are going to take the veterans into the game.”
The gift from Hawthorne will also be used to support additional emergent grant requests through the end of 2020. Each year The American Legion awards approximately 25 OCW grants that provide support at military hospitals, warrior transition units and VA medical facilities across the country.
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