Colonial Life troop support makes national rankings

Company’s support for Operation Write Home boosted the state to a top 10 ranking

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 3, 2012) — Colonial Life’s support for Operation Write Home has boosted South Carolina to a top 10 ranking in the nation in the number of letters sent to military service men and women.

Operation Write Home coordinates thousands of volunteers across the country to create and send handmade cards and letters to troops serving overseas. The group recently announced its 2011 totals for cards and “Any Hero” letters sent by each state, naming South Carolina number nine in the country with 1,513 letters. More than half of those letters — more than 800 — were sent from a Colonial Life program led by employee Cathy Brooks.

Brooks, a senior compliance contract consultant in Colonial Life’s legal & compliance department, regularly meets with small groups of employees to teach them the art of hand making cards. She also distributes hundreds of cards for other employees to use for letters to the troops.

“Many of these men and women are young, with young families. Some have been deployed multiple times,” Brooks says. “What started as a hobby has become a passion for me. The positive feedback from the website continually motivates me to do more. It’s contagious!”

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