Packages of baked goods, snacks and toiletries are on their way, from the Captain Swift Inn, in Camden, to two female members of the U.S. Army serving oversees.

Innkeepers Carolyn and Rick Bentzinger are happy to join with inns around the U.S., and two other inns from Maine, creating special care packages for an initiative called Inn Support of our Troops.

Their packages left Camden June 22 in time to arrive by July 4, and are filled with snickerdoodle and macadamia nut and cranberry cookies, blueberry lemon Bishop's cake and cinnamon coffee cake. They also include snacks, hard candy, gum and board games that can be played solo or with a partner.

Carolyn, who choose two female members of the military as recipients, had fun shopping for them, adding hand cream, face soap, makeup remover "and socks from Renys because the package is coming from Maine."

"Inn Support of our Troops is a wonderful program," she said. One of their employees, whose significant other had served in Iraq was very excited about this, and if they can do this again next year, they will invite more of their employees to be involved in a bigger effort.

"In times when we're slower than we were last year, this gives us the opportunity to jump on board and do something we feel good about," she said.

"We're very supportive, in general, of the whole military," Rick said. "We always provide a 10% discount for any veteran regardless of when or where they served, whenever they visit here," he said. "All they have to do is tell us they're a veteran and they get a discount. We try to do a little bit, when we can for veterans."

Back when COVID-19 was just hitting the news, the Bentzingers were approached by Bed & Brunch Marketing & PR, which was inviting inns to join in on various promotions, as a way to become acquainted and possibly gain new clients, Carolyn explained.

The group shared information on initiatives, and whoever was interested could jump on board, she said.

As part of this group, the Captain Swift Inn participated in National Apple Pie day, making pie and taking pictures, she said. As a result, they are one of 12 inns to have their apple pie photo and Rick's recipe featured in the May edition of Forbes Magazine.

They were connected to Inn Support of our Troops, by The Lion & the Rose Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, N.C., another inn working with the marketing group. The Inns registered independently as part of Soldiers’ Angels, a national charity providing aid, comfort and resources to the military, veterans and their families, according to Maria Coder of Bed & Brunch Marketing & PR.

Captain Swift Inn has also joined with local inns, delivering lots of baked goods to Penobscot Bay Medical Center when COVID-19 hit Maine, and cooking for a local food bank and homeless organization.

The Bentzingers purchased the Captain Swift Inn in 2018, and undertook a major renovation of every inch of the building and the property for 12 months. They opened to the public in February 2019 and are in their second season.

For more information about The Captain Swift Inn visit www.captainswiftinn.com, Facebook and Instagram.