The sacrifices made by our many men and women in the Armed Forces are to be commended. It’s not an easy task to fight for freedom, and not easy to be away from home and family to do it. The Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative understands this sacrifice, and thus kicked off an initiative in April to make sure those serving knew it too, and knew the gratitude we Americans have for them.
Last winter the Pennyrile Board of Directors attended the National Rural Electric Association Conference and were encouraged while there, to find a way to say thank you to the active duty military personnel. It was Jim Riley of Russellville who came up with an idea that could put the Pennyrile members directly in touch with the military men and women overseas.
“Jim had an idea,” said Barney Bishop, Manager of Key Accounts at Pennyrile Electric. “He said why don’t we get some postcards, get them to our members, and encourage them to write a little thank you note on the back. Then we can get them to Fort Campbell, and from there to the soldiers.” So Pennyrile took that idea and expanded it to the school systems in their nine county territory.
Pennyrile Cooperative serves 47,000 members. It was their hopes they would get at least 10,000 cards back. They have currently receives over 5,000.
“We have had a pretty good response,” said Bishop. “We sent them out in the April bills. It’s not too late to get them back to us. We still get a few each day.”
Bishop said the Cooperative is hoping this will encourage and be very meaningful to those men and women in the service.
“You can put yourself in the shoes of a deployed service member, when your are thousands of miles away from home and then receive a letter saying thank you for your service and your freedom,” Bishop said adding, “Some of these cards have been just wonderful.”
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