Volunteers pack gifts for troops

More than two dozen volunteers from Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Great River Energy packed up dozens of care packages for military personnel overseas before the holidays. The gifts include personal hygiene items and magazines to candy and cookies, all donated by members of the community.

Great River Energy was named Minnesota’s 57th Yellow Ribbon Company in 2017. Yellow Ribbon Companies must have an action plan for veteran recruiting, hiring and retention while also supporting military-connected employees and community groups. Approximately 14 percent of Great River Energy employees identify as a veteran.