Sioux Honey Teaming Up with Soldiers’ Angels for the Holidays

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Remember Our Deployed Military, Beekeepers Urge.

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 deployed service members, wounded heroes, military families, 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 American service members,” 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, the co-op is donating a portion of proceeds from Sue Bee commissary sales to support Soldiers’ Angels. Sioux Honey is also giving cases of Sue Bee honey to the Soldiers’ Angels Angel Bakers Team – a team of Soldiers’ Angels volunteers– 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 an Angel Baker in preparing treats for deployed service members. Angel Baker volunteer Kitty Harmon drove from her home in Sacramento to visit Beekman to bake Sue Bee Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Beekman and Harmon hope the honey-baked treats will remind service members of home, and that others will remember 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 online at siouxhoney.com.

ABOUT SIOUX HONEY

As a co-op, not a corporation, Sioux Honey Association was formed to operate based on what’s best for its beekeepers, its honey and its customers. Established in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1921, the co-op distributes “Product of the U.S.A.,” Grade A honey to retailers nationwide on behalf of its 250 independent beekeeper members. From classic Sue Bee to unfiltered Aunt Sue’s and local Beek’s, the co-op has a honey for every preference and use.

ABOUT SOLDIERS’ ANGELS

Soldiers' Angels is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and the growing veteran population. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. (Tax ID# 20-058-3415). Headquarters address is 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 San Antonio, TX 78218. Learn more at http://www.soldiersangels.org.

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