On July 4, 2017, Carnival Cruise Line thanked the troops by hosting the first ever social media powered barbecue at Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego, California.
Carnival served almost 2,000 “Thank You Burgers” to the service members. The buns of the burgers featured lasered messages of thanks from Americans who used the hashtag #ThankYouBurger on social media. More than 15,000 messages were sent to a one-of-a-kind culinary laser printer, that printed the buns in real time at the base in California. In addition to the burgers, Carnival made a sizable donation of $25,000 to help Operation Homefront fulfill it’s mission of building strong, stable, and secure military families.
Deshauna Barber, the godmother of the Carnival Vista, made a statement saying, “We wanted to create a platform for Americans looking to connect with the military and show our gratitude for their service during the July 4th holiday,” said Burke. “We all want the troops to know how grateful we –and our country – are for protecting our freedom and this unique social media-powered barbecue is a fantastic way to show our appreciation. As an American who serves in the military, I really appreciate that Carnival Cruise Line looks for meaningful ways to serve us and I’m honored to be a part of this fun event.”
Operation Homefront president and CEO, Brig. Gen. (ret) John L, Pray Jr, added saying, “Thanks to the continuing commitment of amazing partners like Carnival Cruise Line, Operation Homefront is able to meet the critical needs of America’s military families. Since 2011, we have fulfilled over 35,000 requests for financial assistance. I’m especially thankful to those on social media who helped make this $25,000 donation from Carnival Cruise Line possible as we will be able to deliver even more goodness to those that have done so much for all of us – our nation’s military families.”
Last year Carnival invited hundreds of military families on-board their newest ship, the Carnival Vista, before its inaugural sailing.