Somerset Patriots Star Spangled Banner auditions raise $1,000 for Operation Shoebox New Jersey . . . Be sure to visit OPSHBX NJ volunteers at Bridgewater Baseball Opening Day, April 5 . . . Sign up for the 2014 Victory Campaign at Somerset Patriots Fanfest April 12 at TD Bank Ballpark . . . Upcoming Packing Events May 3, St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Short Hills; May 10, St. Michael's School, Cranford; May 17, Armed Forces Day, Colts Neck High School; May 24, Princeton Memorial Day Parade . . . V annual Frank Valanzola Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament June 21 . . .

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.

Recent News

  • Somerset Patriots go to bat for U.S. troops deployed overseas

    Bridgewater, NJ – Every time the Somerset Patriots win a game during the 2014 season they will be scoring a victory for all U.S. troops deployed overseas. Operation Shoebox New Jersey and the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club are partnering for “Victory Campaign 2014,” providing an opportunity for all fans to support the Patriots on the […]

  • “A Patriots’ Uniform Auction” following game, July 7th

    Fans, spectators, and supporters are invited to join the Somerset Patriots as the team signs a commemorative banner of well wishes to US troops that will be sent overseas  Bridgewater, NJ- Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host “A Patriots’ Uniform Auction” after the Somerset Patriots take on the Camden Riversharks Sunday, July 7th at TD […]

  • Help Support US Troops, Patriotic Doubleheader at TD Bank Ballpark

    Help support US troops overseas! Patriotic Doubleheader  at TD Bank Ballpark $20 Ticket package for 2 games!  Monday, May 26th Memorial Day, 1:05 p.m. vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – Free baseball caps! Saturday, July 5, 7:05 p.m. vs. Bridgeport Bluefish – Fireworks Display!   All proceeds benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey Pay in advance […]

  • Mannion’s Irish Pub & Restaurant hosts fund raiser for Operation Shoebox New Jersey

    Pat Mannion, owner of Mannion’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 150 W. Main St., Somerville, is hosting a fund raiser to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey on Thursday, March. 27. “The day-long event marks the resumption of the popular Lunch & Dinner for the Cause,” said Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New […]

  • National Anthem Audition Winners Announced- 10 Singers Selected From Auditions

    Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ on Saturday, March 8th. The selected singers are: Caitlin Caporale of South Middletown, NY; Nicole Johnson of Piscataway, NJ; Clarence McLendon of New Brunswick, NJ; De’Edria McKoy of Plainfield, NJ; Monica Krishna of Piscataway, NJ; Brianna Zonin […]

  • Interview with Operation Shoebox founder and executive director Rod Hirsch

    Operation Shoebox NJ founder and Executive Director being interviewed by Patricia Coppel, board of directors member of the New Jersey Heroes Foundation. Her son, Kevin, is in the Army and deployed to Afghanistan. Hirsch was selected by NJ First Lady Mary Pat Christie as a New Jersey Hero in December, 2011. Operation Shoebox New Jersey […]

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 - 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.



Volunteer Ops

April 5 – Bridgewater Baseball Opening Day
April 12 – FanFest, Patriots, TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Way, Bridgewater
April 25 – Opening Day, Patriots TD Bank Ballpark, 1 Patriots Way, Bridgewater
April 26 – Packing, West Milford Presbyterian Church Women’s Club
May 3 – Packing, St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Short Hills
May 10– Packing, St. Michael’s School, Cranford
May 17 – Packing, Armed Forces Day, Girl Scouts, Alpha Volunteer Fire Co.
May 24 – Packing, Princeton Memorial Day Parade
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Recent Packings

March 12 – Students at Mount St. Mary’s Academy in Watchung, joined by OPSHBXNJ volunteers, assembled and packed 255 personal care packages for shipment overseas.
Feb. 8 – Volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 9th anniversary by packing 820 care packages at the Manville VFW.
Jan. 25 – Over 200 Girl Scouts packed 581 care packages for US troops at Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark.
Oct. 12 – OPSHBX NJ volunteers & The Green Brook Lions Club packed 307 care packages at the Green Brook Firehouse.
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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