Posted on April 8, 2014

Month of Service: PG&E Volunteers in San Luis Obispo Make Care Packages for Troops

By John Lindsey

PG&E employee/volunteers joined with Marines to assemble care packages in San Luis Obispo. (Photos by John Lindsey.)

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Several active-duty Marines and PG&E employees joined local resident and former Marine Si Tenenberg on Saturday (April 5) to put together care packages for combat troops in Afghanistan.

The inside of Tenenberg’s home on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Luis Obispo has been converted into a place to assemble care package. That includes his garage, kitchen, den – and even a pool table.

Since 2006, Si along with volunteers has put together more than 11,000 care packages for the troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Giving back to the community is a key initiative for PG&E,” said Lindsey Miller, a community relations representative based on the Central Coast. “We were happy to partner with Si and his organization to provide time and resources to help our troops overseas.”

The dozen or so PG&E employee volunteers worked in the company’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant or at other locations on the Central Coast. This event was one of more than 100 community projects to be held during April as part of PG&E’s second annual Month of Service.

Each care package contains toiletries, food, snacks, clothing items and magazines along with a letter of thanks and support. As the number of troops gradually decreases in Afghanistan, the PXs (Base Exchange) are the first facilities to be closed, leaving troops without the ability to purchase personal items. These care packages are needed more than ever. “Even a pair of warm and dry socks can make a huge difference in the field,” Tenenberg said.

Troops have expressed their appreciation upon getting the care packages.

Each care box cost between $50 and $60 to produce, but they are priceless in a combat zone.

The first time Tenenberg sent packages, they consisted mostly of paperback novels. He received a note a few weeks later that read: “Dear Mr. Tenenberg, Thank you for the books, but we’re in the Hindu Cush on the border of Pakistan. It’s 25 below zero outside. We’re cold and were hungry can you help us?”

More information about the Care Packages for Our Armed Forces is available on the www.troopcarepacks.org website.

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