Broken Bow Records recording artist Randy Houser took a little time away from the hustle and bustle of being a part of Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up Tour while in Cincinnati, Ohio this weekend to spread cheer to a retired Army Specialist and his family.
Christopher Warren, a Purple Heart recipient, and his wife, Amy, were brought backstage to meet Randy before the show, not expecting to be presented with a generous surprise. Randy, along with Kroger and Eckrich (a Smithfield Foods brand), awarded the family with free Kroger groceries for one year. The gift came as part of an Eckrich program, in connection with Operation Homefront, that seeks to honor, thank, and support military families for their service. This is the second year that Randy, an artist who often shows his devotion to the troops, has lent a hand to the campaign.
In discussing his participation, Randy explained:
Army Specialist Christopher Warren risked his own life to protect this country and having the opportunity to personally thank him for his service means so much to me. These families have sacrificed so much so I can go out and perform and do what I love. It was great to meet the Warren family, hear their story and have them enjoy the concert courtesy of my partner, Eckrich.
Eckrich, in its fourth year of supporting Operation Homefront, surpassed $1 million in donations since the start of the program in 2012. In presenting Christopher Warren with his gift, the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Smithfield Foods stated:
Like Eckrich, Kroger and Randy are great supporters of our military families. We are thankful for their service and are honored to surprise them with an exciting experience backstage with Randy Houser and a year of free groceries at Kroger.