Twenty-six military families enjoyed CrossRoads RV’s hospitality this past summer in “Operation Appreciation”.
According to a press release, CrossRoads RV partnered with Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., to offer free lodging for members of the U.S. military and their families in appreciation of their service to the country.
The park donated a seasonal lot while CrossRoads RV supplied a Hampton destination trailer, which the Topeka, Ind.-based company manufactures. The program began May 6 and ran through the camping season.
The military families came from eight states, as far away as Texas, and stayed a total of 127 days. Responses to CrossRoads included:
• One service man wrote, “I want to extend my gratitude to you. . .The hospitality that was granted my family was outstanding. They are under an extensive amount of stress due to my deployment. For them to be able to enjoy some down time and relax was well needed. By the kindness of your company that was made possible. Once again, thank you.”
• Another military family wrote, “My husband and I wanted to send you a special note to thank you for the ‘Operation Appreciation RV’ that we stayed in last week at Yogi Bear Campground. It was a wonderful week for our family to be together. The RV was great and made our camping trip a great experience. Thanks again for all your help and effort in planning this trip.”
• “We are going to surprise our kids with this trip!. . .They are going to be thrilled! We absolutely love to camp and this would have been the first year that we wouldn’t have gone. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate this,” said another family.
• A retired Naval Officer read about CrossRoads’ Operation Appreciation and expressed his gratitude by saying, “These men and women make great sacrifices for our freedom and safety. Your efforts to show appreciation is. . .very special to these service men and women. I’m glad to see. . .the American people show their gratitude and appreciation.”
According to Jellystone Park at Barton Lake President of Operations Julie Corcimiglia, the company launched Operation Appreciation as a way of honoring U.S. service men and women for their sacrifice, bravery and hard work to ensure American freedom and plans to continue the program during next summer’s camping season as well.
“We were thrilled to be part of Operation Appreciation honoring our military men and women for their service to our country. It was very rewarding watching the family’s camp and spend quality time together. They all deserve it so much! We are looking forward to meeting the new families again next year,” stated Corcimiglia.
CrossRoads will be accepting reservations for the 2012 camping season on Feb. 1. For reservation please call 888-226-7496 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executives of Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., officially launched the company’s “Operation Appreciation” program Thursday (May 26) at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind.
The program provides active members of the U.S. military and their family with free use of a Hampton destination trailer, which the company manufactures, for up to a week. Roger Barry, founder and CEO of the resort, donated the use of a seasonal lot.
“We wanted to do something special for U.S. service men and women to show our appreciation for their sacrifice, bravery, and hard work that ensure our freedom and American way of life,” explained CrossRoads President Don Emahiser. “While experiencing the great amenities of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort, they will enjoy luxury accommodations in our Hampton destination trailer that includes a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom, kid’s bunk room, and full bath.”
Both Emaheiser and Barry were on-site at the park in northeastern Indiana Thursday to welcome the unit’s current vacationers, Robert and Kim Ross and their family. A staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, Robert looked forward to spending the week with his family before being deployed to the Middle East next month.
In addition to helping to set up the lot use at Barry’s bucolic resort, CrossRoads RV involved a number of its suppliers in the project, including Crane Composites, Dicor Corp., Dometic, Middlebury Hardwood Products, LaSalle Bristol, Lionshead Tire & Wheel, Lippert Components, Sharpline, Shaw Floors and Yellow Dog Extrusion. Several other companies, including Alpha Graphics, Martin Marketing and Lithotone assisted CrossRoads in promoting the program.
For Barry, providing the use of the lot was just one of several programs the park sponsors to recognize the nation’s military. The award-winning resort also holds a number of special celebrations for service men and women throughout the year, including “Yogi Bear Honors Our Heroes” and “Patriotic Week.” The 60-acre park, located 50 miles north of Fort Wayne, offers amenities and activities for all ages including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, water zone, boat rentals, a beach, miniature golf, playground facilities, basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits and more.
According to CrossRoads Marketing Director Dave Boggs, reservations for the Hampton destination trailer are quickly filling up but a number of openings still exist. Any active member of the U.S. military wanting to make reservations should contact Boggs at email@example.com or by calling (888) 226-7496. Reservations must be made in advance with availability on a first-come, first-serve basis.