Splash Park at Yogi Bear resort in Fremont, Ind.

CrossRoads RV, a recreational vehicle manufacturer in Topeka, Ind., has launched Operation Appreciation to show its support for the men and women serving in the United States armed forces.

CrossRoads and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in nearby Fremont, Ind., are offering free lodging to any active member of the U.S. military. The park is donating a seasonal lot while CrossRoads RV is supplying a Hampton destination trailer, which the company manufactures, to be used exclusively by active members of the U.S. military and their families free of charge.

Reservations must be made in advance with availability on a first come, first serve basis, according to a news release.

“We wanted to do something special for U.S. service men and women to show our appreciation for their sacrifice, bravery, and hard work that ensure our freedom and American way of life,” explained CrossRoads President Don Emahiser. “While experiencing the great amenities of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, they will enjoy luxury accommodations in our Hampton destination trailer that includes a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom, kid’s bunk room, and full bath.”

The following are two quotes from military families that have booked a vacation through Operation Appreciation.

  • “Thank you for considering our family for this opportunity during this time of separation from my husband who is currently stationed in Iraq for a 12-month tour. I cannot begin to express how much your generosity means to me and my children, we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts!! Best Wishes,” Amy.
  • “We are going to surprise our kids with this trip! We are taking them to Grandma’s the night before and packing everything up. They are 11, 13 and 17 and they are going to be THRILLED! We absolutely love to camp, and this would have been the first year that we wouldn’t have gone. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate this,” Kim.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake is located in northeast Indiana 50 miles north of Fort Wayne and offers amenities and activities for all ages including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, water zone,boat rentals, beach, miniature golf, playground facilities, basketball, volleyball and horseshoe pits.

Information about the camp resort can be found by visiting their website at www.jellystonesbest.com.

Any active member of the U.S. military wanting to make reservations should contact CrossRoads Marketing Director Dave Boggs at [email protected] or by calling (888) 226-7496.

Crossroads RV manufactures a wide variety of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and destination trailers at five plant locations with headquarters in Topeka. Its products are distributed through dealers throughout the United States, Canada, France, Japan and Australia. CrossRoads is a division of Thor Industries Inc. More information on the company and its products can be obtained online at www.crossroadsrv.com or by calling (888) 226-7496.