DHL Express helps give
overseas troops a taste
of home on July Fourth
Jul 1, 2011 8:48 AM
DHL Express has teamed up with Pizzas 4 Patriots, a non-profit organization, and UNO’s deep-dish pizza to deliver 6,000 pizza pies to thousands of US and Canadian soldiers in time for US Independence Day (July 4) and Canadian Independence Day (July 1).
Over the past three years, Pizzas 4 Patriots and DHL Express have delivered more than 60,000 pizza pies to US servicemen and women stationed worldwide. The idea was initiated in 2008 by retired Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his 15-year-old son, Kent, while eating pizza and wondering if they could somehow deliver freshly frozen Chicago-style pizzas to soldiers overseas. Not long after, Evans contacted General Petraeus, who quickly granted permission to send more than 2,000 pizzas to troops for the Fourth of July.
With the support of DHL Express, 6,000 ready-to-bake, deep-dish pizzas from UNO’s and Romeoville IL-based Great Kitchens were packed and loaded into a donated DHL cargo jet a week before Independence Day, then shipped to troops stationed at several military bases in Afghanistan.
As the first international air express carrier to serve Iraq and Afghanistan, DHL supports the US Department of Defense at these locations and around the world.
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