CORBIN — XPO Logistics' Corbin branch donated gift baskets to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 88 on Friday as a gesture to honor veterans heading into Veterans' Day weekend.
“These guys have been really nice with us, and real accepting so that’s why we come here,” said Sam Hamlin, Supervisor of Supply Chain Operations with XPO Logistics. “They’re big in the community, too, with veteran’s ceremony and staff.”
Hamlin is a veteran himself, and says that XPO Logistics is always looking for ways to help and honor veterans. General Manager Billy Smith of XPO is a big proponent of hiring veterans and supporting local veterans in the community. According to Hamlin, most of XPO’s leadership are veterans.
Hamlin says that he and Director Roger Gallegous, also a veteran, came up with the idea to donate gift baskets to the Legion three years ago, and have been doing it ever since.
While Hamlin describes XPO Logistics as a “behind the scenes” type of company, he also says his branch supports and donates to multiple organizations within the community.
“We’ve done some youth sports around here, the Recreation Center. It’s just our way of providing some philanthropy to the community, showing our support, and giving our thanks,” he explained.
According to its website, XPO is a top 10 global provider of transportation and logistics services, with a highly integrated network of people, technology, and physical assets.
“We do basically everything Fed-Ex and UPS don’t do,” Hamlin said laughing.
Also on hand to deliver the gift baskets were Corbin Supervisor of Operations Aaron Bullock, and Glen Sweat, a veteran and material handler for the company.
Legionnaires Patrick Johannesen, Breckey Eagle, Lee Shollenberger, and Vice Commander of the Honor Guard John Thomas accepted the baskets on behalf of Legion Unit 88.