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Operation Shoebox New Jersey Celebrates 19 years!
Today, Feb. 4, is the 19th anniversary of Operation Shoebox New Jersey.
What a journey it has been – 185,000 care packages shipped to members of the US military around the world and across the country by over 100,000 volunteers, including many of you who devoted hundreds of hours of your time, and many more than that, to ensure the success of fund raising events, weekend shoppping sprees, packings, loading and unloading trucks, baging candy, taping boxes, manning the OPSHBX NJ table at the ballpark, fairs and other venues.
The last few years have been tough on an organization whose business model is dependent on volunteer, hands-on participation, but we have survived, planning to gear up even more in 2023.
Attached to this email is a photo taken onboard the USS Nimitz, which is on station in the southern Pacific Ocean. Jared Burchette, graduate of Hillsborough HS and son of Greg Burchette, a former member of the Hillsborough Rotary, received 100 car packages to share with his shipmates last month. Jared is an air traffic controller who works excluively with the F-35. Jared used to help at the annual Hillsborough Rotary packing events at a young age with his dad.
I have always answered people that Operation Shoebox New Jersey would remain in business as long as there was a need – without droning on about the state of affairs in this country and around the world, rest assured we’re not going away any time soon.
Take a moment or two and reflect on your time spent supporting Operation Shoebox New Jersey; each of you has contributed in some way to our success, and I thank you for your contribution.
Please continue to support OPSHBX NJ with your donations and financial support.
Wishing you the best of everything.
Thank you from Southwest Asia
Along with the rest of the crew of USCGC MAUI, we would like to extend our warmest thank you to everyone who was involved in sending us so many care packages! On a year-long deployment, your packages, thoughts, and support are most heartily welcomed. The candy and cookies are always a morale booster, and in an area with high winds, sand, and of course, the salty seas, the body wash and moisturizer all went very quickly.
We hope everyone is safe and healthy back at home, making preparations for Halloween! It is an honor and privilege to serve.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
LTJG Jamie Kim
USCGC Maui (WPB-1304)
Patrol Forces Southwest Asia