Volunteers needed to help at weekend Supermarket Shopping Sprees Call (908) 698-0333 for further information . . .Jan. 24 Girl Scout Packing, Mother Seton Regional High School, closed event, Clark . . . Jan. 31 Markham Cares, Markham School Packing closed event, Little Silver . . . Feb. 14 OPSHBX NJ Tenth Anniversary Packing, Volunteers needed, Manville VFW . . . Feb. 28 – OPSHBX NJ Wine Reception & Auction, The Annex, Dunellen . . . March 11 – Packing, Mount St. Mary's Academy, (closed event) Watchung . . .

Help Us Help Them

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is in urgent need of funds to pay for the care packages we ship to our troops overseas

Each package costs approximately $25 to ship U.S. Parcel Post. To ensure the continuous flow of care packages, we must continue to raise funds. Please be as generous as you can, and help put a smile on the face of a Soldier or Marine. Operation Shoebox NJ is a registered non-profit organization.

All contributions are tax deductible. Make a donation on-line by clicking on the paypal button below.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey

Operation Shoebox NJ invites volunteers to 10th anniversary packing at Manville VFW

– Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey pack care packages for US troops overseas and commemorate the organization’s10th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The packing will be at the Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., Manville, with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Volunteers will be joined by several special guests who will help to commemorate the contributions made by OPSHBX NJ and its supporters since it was first organized in February, 2005. Packing begins at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be provided.
Soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who received packages from OPSHBX NJ during their deployments will attend to express their thanks to the volunteers.

Volunteer packers are encouraged to donate personal care items for shipment, including snacks and toiletries. Check the shopping list on our website (www.opshoeboxnj.org) and bring along a bag of needed items.
The packages sent overseas will include a box of Girl Scout cookies donated by troops in the Heart of New Jersey Council; bagged candy collected from 15 Walgreen stores donated by shoppers; cans of tuna, cans of fruit, trail mix, beef jerky, gum, candy, granola bars, powdered drink mixes, coffee, tea, oatmeal, hot chocolate, toothpaste, tooth brushes, ear swabs, moist wipes, sun block, eye drops, soap, shampoo, socks, stationary, envelopes, pens, batteries and other items.

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to write a short letter to the troops; all cards and letters will be inserted into the boxes.

Since its founding in February, 2005, OPSHBX NJ volunteers have shipped over 88,000 personal care packages overseas.
Financial support is also needed to help pay the costs of shipping the packages. All donations are tax deductible. Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance on the OPSHBX NJ website.

Call Operation Shoebox New Jersey headquarters at (908) 698-0333 for further information.


Wine Reception & Fundraising Auction to be held Saturday, Feb. 28th

This year’s Wine Reception & Fund Raising Auction will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 at The Arts Annex, 131 Washington Ave. in Dunellen,NJ, a charming Art Deco-era building with inviting stone fireplace, tin roof ceilings and chestnut trim framing the windows and heavy doors.

Hors’d’oeuvres and a sumptuous buffet dinner will be prepared and served by the culinary staff of the Dunellen Hotel,  home of the cozy Rathskeller, a popular gathering spot known by generations of New Jerseyans for its generous portions of hearty food and drinks served at the century-old bar. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Army Air Corps Lt. Clark Gable imbibed at the Rathskeller while based at Camp Kilmer during WWII. The Dunellen Hotel also figured prominently in a Nov. 27, 1954 Lost Episode of “The Jackie Gleason Show,” owing to head script writer Walter Stone, who was born and lived in Dunellen and commuted by train to Manhattan – with my  father-in-law!

Auctioneer Joe Bodnar will be on hand once again to help OPSHBX NJ sell gift baskets and other items including sports memorabilia, high-tech consumer electronics, books & gift cards, as well as artwork by noted sports artist James Fiorentino recently featured on the front page of The Star Ledger. Former Yankees pitcher and 1977 Cy Young winner Sparky Lyle, now manager emeritus of the Somerset Patriots, will be on hand to personalize and autograph a copy of his bestseller “Bronx Zoo” to the highest bidder.  The auction will conclude at 11 p.m.

All guests will receive a paddle for bidding during the auction and a limited edition bottle of “Bravo & Nobile 2013,” a Cabernet wine crushed and pressed from California grapes, bottled, corked and labeled by Operation Shoebox New Jersey volunteers at Grape Finale in Flemington.

There is a $5 per ticket discount for single admission and $10 discount per couple for those whose payment is received prior to Feb. 25. Another option is to use the PayPal link on the OPSHBX NJ website, www.opshoeboxnj.org.  Credit cards will be accepted at the door. Please RSVP by e-mail or phone.

We look forward to seeing you.


Operation Shoebox 2015 calendars now available!

10847813_10154991527715157_7213791508046570053_nThe 2015 Operation Shoebox New Jersey Calendar makes a great last-minute Christmas gift. We selected photos sent to OPSHBX NJ from overseas and blended those pictures with images of volunteers here in New Jersey at packing events and fund raisers. It’s a stirring reminder that more than 150,000 Americans in uniform are overseas helping to make order of a chaotic world. Cost of the calendar is $18. All proceeds will help ship personal care packages overseas.You can use your credit card and pay via PayPal on our website – www.opshoeboxnj.org or you can send a check to: Operation Shoebox New Jersey, PO Box 273, Somerville, NJ 08876. Please, help us to help them. Salute their sacrifice and make them a part of your Christmas holiday. Call (908) 698-0333 for more info! 



HOO-rah!! Four Marines at a base in Afghanistan are excited to receive personal care packages from Operation Shoebox New Jersey

Four Marines at a base in Afghanistan are excited to receive personal care packages from Operation Shoebox New Jersey



Thank You for Your Service Marine Lance Cpl. Brett D’Alessandro, pictured with Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle, at right, and Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey was the guest of the Patriots and OPSHBX NJ at the July 5th game. D’Alessandro, a resident of Verona, returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan earlier this year and is working on establishing a non-profit organization, BackpacksforVets that will help homeless veterans.



The Provident Bank Collects and Donates Supplies for Operation Shoebox of New Jersey

Operation Shoebox Founder & Executive Director, Rod Hirsch, accepts donation of over 135 boxes of supplies from The Provident Bank.

(Iselin, NJ) October 14, 2014—As part of its yearlong “Commitment to Giving” initiative in commemoration of its 175th Anniversary, The Provident Bank, www.providentnj.com, collected over 135 boxes of supplies throughout the month of August and raised over $550 for Operation Shoebox of New Jersey.  The supplies will be sorted, packed in boxes, and shipped to U.S. troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries.

“We are grateful for the support of the employees of The Provident Bank,” said Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey. “Their generosity will help to ensure the supply line of personal care packages shipped to US troops deployed overseas will continue uninterrupted.”

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is a volunteer, 501C 3 non-profit corporation, founded in 2005. The organization is seeking volunteers to help pack 1,000 personal care packages at the X annual Operation Shoebox New Jersey Christmas and holiday packing event on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290 in Manville, NJ, starting at 11 a.m.

Further information is available on the website, http://www.opshoeboxnj.org.
More information about The Provident Bank is available at www.ProvidentNJ.com. Visit www.Facebook.com/ProvidentNJ and www.Twitter.com/ProvidentNJ to join the conversations.

About The Provident Bank
The Provident Bank, (www.providentnj.com) a community-oriented bank offering “commitment you can count on” since 1839, is the wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS), which reported assets of $8.4 billion as of June 30, 2014.  With over $5.8 billion in deposits, The Provident Bank provides a comprehensive suite of financial products and services through its network of branches throughout northern and central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. The Bank also provides fiduciary and wealth management services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Beacon Trust Company.


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
Executive Officer
USCGC Maui (WPB-1304)
Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Become a philanthropist without spending a dime!

Help Support Operation Shoebox New Jersey through the Affinity Membership Program sponsored by TD Bank.
tdIf you are already a TD Bank customer, visit any TD Bank location and ask to have your balances included as part of the Operation Shoebox New Jersey Affinity Membership Program; or, open a new account at any office and TD Bank will make a contribution to Operation Shoebox New Jersey. TD Bank will make an annual contribution to Operation Shoebox New Jersey based on the average balance in all members’ accounts. Checkings, savings, money market, CD and retirement accounts are all included in the program.

If 100 people enroll, and their combined bank balance is $2 million, Operation Shoebox would receive a check from TD Bank for $8,000, based on the ¼ percent rate. (See below).

Contributions are calculated at 1/2 percent on checking balances and 1/4 percent on savings, money market, CD and IRA balances. Members’ accounts are not affected in any way by this contribution. Your account balances are used to determine the level of contribution and are kept confidential. It costs you nothing!

There are several ways to enroll in the program. You must use the following code number: A3342. Call Anthony Franchini, manager of the Hillsborough TD Bank, Route 206, (908) 359-7004 or send him an e-mail – Anthony.franchini@td.com. You can also visit or call your branch of TD Bank; just tell the manager you want to enroll in the program. Remember to use the code number.

The Affinity Membership Program is part of TD Bank’s philanthropy and community outreach initiative, as required by the Community Reinvestment Act enacted by Congress in 1977 to ensure banks give back to the communities they serve.



Shopping Sprees

Jan. 31 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
Feb. 7 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
Feb. 8 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
March 28 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
March 29 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
April 11 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex;
April 25 – Pathmark Supermarket, Lincoln Boulevard, Middlesex; View More

Recent Packings

Oct. 7 – The IT Shared Services Regulatory Compliance team at the Johnson&Johnson facility in Raritan joined OPSHBXNJ  volunteers to pack 75 personal care packages.
Oct. 6 – Employees at the Johnson&Johnson Consumer Products facility in Montgomery helped pack 100 care packages for shipment overseas.
Sept. 27 – Girl Scouts from the Heart of New Jersey Council helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey volunteers pack 500 personal care packages for shipment overseas at the National Guard Armory in Franklin.
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Thank you from Bahrain


I wanted to say thank you so much to Troop 489- Brothers Ben and Sam Elliott as well as their parents Rob and Shelly Elliott, My fellow Girl Scouts in Service Unit 72, Fire Company #2 in Hillsborough NJ, and your community that donated items for the care package myself and fellow brothers and sisters in arms received!! We are very thankful; you made smiles come across all our faces as we head into these holidays abroad.
A special thank you to Ben, Orchard Hill Elementary School, Mrs. Kotch’s 1st Grade class. Ben please be on the look out for my card to you and your classmates :); Ava and the Basilone family, thank you for your heartfelt wishes; Makensie we love you too; Alexa Ramirez thank you for your kindness; Selina C. thank you for the drawing it is on my desk :); and I received another drawing with no name but to that special little someone thank you. I will send a photo of my staff and collection of cards afterwards.
Your gift was a true touch and we can’t thank you enough. Happy holidays and remain safe. Until we write again
Rachel Singh, PS2 USN Bahrai