Volunteers needed to help at weekend Supermarket Shopping Sprees Call (908) 698-0333 for further information . . .Visit Operation Shoebox New Jersey at the Cape May Courthouse Fair Saturday, Oct. 25 . . . Volunteers needed for X annual Christmas Packing, Saturday, Nov. 8, Manville VFW . . . Chubb Insurance employees host OPSHBX NJ packing Nov. 15 . . . Hillsborough Rotary host IV annual Christmas and holiday packing Saturday, Dec. 6 at Hillsborough YMCA . . .

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 pack Christmas gift boxes for US troops overseas


MANVILLE – Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey on Saturday, Nov. 8th to assemble holiday care packages in time for Christmas delivery to US troops around the world.

The Tenth Annual Operation Shoebox New Jersey Christmas & Holiday packing will be at the Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., Manville.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the “twilight” packing has been moved to the evening hours, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7 p.m., followed by the packing.

The VFW will serve hot dogs and beverages during the packing.

Soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who received packages from OPSHBX NJ during their deployments are expected to attend and extend 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, Halloween candy purchased by dentists’ offices throughout New Jersey from trick or treaters; 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 sit down and personalize a short letter or Christmas card to the troops; all cards and letters will be inserted into the boxes. Volunteers are requested wish to donate $25 to sponsor a Christmas package which will include a Christmas card personalized by the donor.

The 2015 Operation Shoebox New Jersey calendar featuring photographs of US troops overseas will also be available for purchase as well as other retail items, including t-shirts, hats, pins and more.

Since its founding in February, 2005, OPSHBX NJ volunteers have shipped over 85,000 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 or check the website at www.opshoeboxnj.org.



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.



Volunteer Ops

Aug. 12-17 – Hillsborough Rotary Fair
Sept. 7 – NJSSA Sports Memorabilia Auction, TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater
Sept. 16 – Janssen Packing, Philadelphia
Sept. 20 – Hillsborough Rotary Air Show, Central Jersey Airport, Hillsborough|
Sept. 27-28 – Historic Soldiers Weekend, Fort Mott
Oct. 4 – Girl Scout Packing, North Branch
Oct. 18 – Packing, West Milford Presbyterian Church Women’s Club
Oct. 25 – Cape May Courthouse Fair
Nov.  8 – IX annual Christmas & Holiday Packing, Manville VFW
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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