Tom Lange Company employees and the Tom Lange Charitable Foundation have donated $10,000 to the USO.

“Each year since 9-11 we’ve really looked to support USO,” said Becky Wilson, assistant vice president of the Springfield, Ill.-based company. “The majority is from the employees; it’s something all employees have embraced.”

The annual donation was higher than in some past years, Wilson said.

“It’s usually $6,000 or $7,000,” she said. “Our soldiers have been over there a lot longer than we thought. Maybe it just resonated with everyone and that’s why donations were up.”

“We specifically earmark the funds for Operation Care Package, which gives a package to each soldier for Christmas,” Rock Gumpert, chief executive officer, said in a news release.