'Tis the season for giving to military families at Pioneer Services

Pioneer Services is always looking for ways to give back, and during the holidays each of the company's 19 offices celebrated the season by assisting military families in different ways.

Nationally, Pioneer Services offices around the nation gave out nearly a combined $15,000 in commissary gift certificates for families who needed a hand up with their holiday shopping. The certificates were distributed in different ways in each market, with some locations giving them out in the office, and others handing them to military leadership and support groups that distributed them as needs arose.

In Las Vegas, the office partnered with the Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) "Adopt-A-Family" program to help ease the difficult times some families are experiencing in a down economy. The staff selected seven military families with a total of 18 children, buying and wrapping everything from toys, to clothing, to teddy bears.

"The wrapping party was the highlight," said Jeff Heinzleman, director of lending operations. "Everyone got into the spirit—laughing and joking and music playing. It was just a really great time to get together and remember what the season is all about."

In Kansas City, Pioneer Services and its associates assisted the food pantry at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Mo. More than 3,000 food items filling three full-size pickup trucks were delivered Dec. 19. In fact, the sergeant who was initially to pick up the food himself had to call in reinforcements.

"We were expecting a nice donation, but this was more than we ever thought," said the sergeant. "There was so much that all three of the vehicles were riding a few inches lower. This is going to go a long, long way and help a lot of families."

"All of these efforts are a reflection of our corporate culture," said Karen Von Der Bruegge, chief marketing officer for Pioneer Services. "We are always stressing helping others with projects or jobs, and we extend that attitude of assistance outward into the communities we serve. While we concentrate on giving back throughout the year, the holidays are always a good excuse to do just a bit more."