Sioux Honey Teaming Up with Soldiers’ Angels for the Holidays
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Sioux Honey Association Co-op is joining with Soldiers’ Angels to share sweetness with deployed service members over the holidays. This month marks the beginning of a partnership between the co-op and the organization, which aids wounded heroes, military families, deployed service members and veterans of all eras.
“Sioux Honey beekeepers have been able to pursue this incredible livelihood for a century now because we have the freedom and safety to do so. We can do what we do thanks to the American military,” said Rob Buhmann, chair of the Sioux Honey board. “That’s why we are supporting Soldiers’ Angels and encouraging people to think of our troops this holiday season.”
Through the partnership, Sioux Honey is donating cases of Sue Bee honey to the Angel Bakers group – a division of Soldiers’ Angels – to be used for treats prepared for deployed military.
“We are excited for this opportunity to team up with a great brand like Sioux Honey to show our support for our military this holiday season,” said Amy Palmer, President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “Although it is easy for us to take the simple things for granted, such as homemade treats, our deployed service members are always thrilled to receive care packages containing a sweet taste of home.”
Sioux Honey beekeepers are getting involved at an individual level too, sending postcards and baking treats for deployed service members. Matt Beekman of Hughson, California, recently took a break from his hives to join Angel Baker Kitty Harmon in preparing Sue Bee Pumpkin Spice Muffins for deployed soldiers. Beekman and Harmon hope the honey-baked treats will be a reminder of home, and that others will think of those who are deployed this holiday season.
“Things are always changing in this business,” said Beekman. “We’re moving bees to different areas all year. And we’re doing different functions – sometimes we’re doing pollination, sometimes we’re doing honey production.
“Despite how crazy it can be, I get to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. The same can’t be said for a lot of the men and women who are deployed right now. They are giving up their holidays to serve us.”
Beekman encourages others to consider a donation to Soldiers’ Angels or volunteering as an Angel Baker around the holidays. Those who want to support the organization can also do so by purchasing a bottle of Sue Bee at commissaries or online at siouxhoney.com. The co-op will donate a portion of these sales to Soldiers’ Angels.
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