Quest Diagnostics Honors Military Heroes with The American Red Cross

Jul 15, 2016 10:10 AM ET
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More than 2,000 of our employees are veterans, and many others have family members who served or are serving in the military. We’re proud to honor the servicemen and servicewomen who protected and continue to safeguard our country. Our Veterans Employee Business Network and our national network of QuestCares volunteers have partnered with the Red Cross to support these heroes.

During National Volunteer Week, employees at our national headquarters in Madison, New Jersey prepared hygiene kits for homeless veterans. Together with our senior leaders, the employees packed more than 250 kits with much-needed toiletries, which were distributed to veterans in need across the country.

In December we teamed up with the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes initiative at numerous Quest locations in the U.S. The Red Cross program encourages people to send holiday cards and notes of inspiration to members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed around the world.

In addition to creating co-branded cards with the Red Cross, employees donated their own holiday cards. Stations were set up in lunch rooms and common areas with pens so employees could take a moment to send a caring message to a soldier. More than 6,000 cards were completed in 2 weeks, just in time for the holidays. 

Many of these cards were sent from Valencia, California.

“Most of our 1,400 cards were filled out by our co-workers within just two days,” said Marlene Mendoza-Ortiz, Client Services Rep II, who coordinated the effort.

Over the last six years, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program has collected more than 6.5 million cards for service members, veterans and military families. 

Read more about our volunteer initiatives in our 2015 Global Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility report.