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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.
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Operation Shoebox New Jersey founder recognized for support of US troops overseas
SOMERVILLE – Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey, was honored by Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano and the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization during the Somerset County Law Enforcement “Show of Strength” program.
Col. Alan Smith, USMC (Ret.) and state chairman of the ESGR, presented Hirsch with its Seven Seals Award, “for meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.” The seven seals represent the emblems of the Army National Guard, United States Army Reserve, United States Marine Corps Reserve, the Department of the Navy Naval Reserves, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
The ESGR works with employers to support and value the military service of its employees, and to ensure reservists and National Guard members that their jobs will be waiting for them when they return home from their military service.
The ceremony was held in the Somerset County Veterans Memorial Plaza adjacent to the County Administration Building. Provenzano was joined by other law enforcement officials from Somerset County and throughout the state, all of whom signed a Statement of Support for New Jersey’s “citizen warriors.”
Also in attendance were New Jersey Parole Board Chairman James Plousis and Past Departmental Commander Bob Looby of the New Jersey American Legion; Somerville American Legion Post 12 Commander Patrick Spirito; state Senator Kip Bateman; state Assemblywoman Donna Simon, Somerset County Freeholder Director Peter Palmer; Deputy Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione; Freeholder Mark Caliguire, Freeholder Pat Walsh and Freeholder Robert Zaborowski.
New Jersey Heroes Foundation awards $30,000 grant to Operation Shoebox New Jersey
Operation Shoebox New Jersey has been awarded a $30,000 grant by the New Jersey Heroes Foundation in recognition of their work on behalf of US troops deployed overseas.
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Don’t forget – A Memorial Day Message
Rod Hirsch | May 24, 2013
Some things are easy to forget, especially when you are distracted by all that goes on around you.
Over the past six months, it’s been non-stop - the fallout from Superstorm Sandy; the horrid school shootings in Connecticut; the terrorist bombings in Boston; death and destruction in Oklahoma; a British soldier butchered in broad daylight by two Muslim extremists; uncertainty over “Obamacare,” making ends meet,
finding a good job, paying the mortgage . . .
It’s easy to forget.
Increasingly, we are transfixed by the
“trifecta” of scandals and fallout that percolates daily in our nation’s capitol. Who knew what and when, and what did they do about it? All of it seems to get worse each day – the death of four Americans in the terrorist attack against the US consulate in Benghazi; the US Justice Department checking phone records of reporters and news organizations; the Internal Revenue Service singling out conservative non-profit organizations for scrutiny. Lost in the ongoing debate and finger pointing are the unanswered questions surrounding the ”Fast and Furious” gun debacle in Mexico.
It’s easy to forget.
Overriding those concerns is the increasing polarization and paralysis in Washington, where politicians, not statesmen, are failing miserably to get our country back on track. John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, admitted in an interview this week that he has not sat down and spoken with President Obama in over two months. There seems no urgency to find common ground or a willingness to concede and compromise – about anything.
The paralysis is mindful of the pettiness exhibited by North Vietnam and US diplomats in Paris trying to decide on the configuration of the table before they could sit to negotiate a peace settlement.
The American flag lapel pins favored by our elected leaders might as well be replaced with enamel Donkey and Elephant pins – it seems more important that you are a Democrat or Republican than you are an American. Sadly, party allegiance trumps red, white & blue.
For one day, let’s make sure we forget about swirl of controversy and recriminations and let’s remember that we are all Americans - and that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to those that have served.
Shame on us if we forget to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the US Armed Forces, at home and abroad.
Monday is the one day set aside to honor America’s men and women in uniform. Accord these men and women the respect they’ve earned.
Thank you to all that have served – and remember to pause and remember those that have made the supreme sacrifice and fallen in defense of the American ideals we all cherish so dearly.
Rod Hirsch is the founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey. Interested in volunteering, sponsoring a collection drive, or making a donation? Contact Rod at email@example.com
BECOME A PHILANTHROPIST WITHOUT SPENDING A DIMEHelp Support Operation Shoebox New Jersey through the Affinity Membership Program sponsored by TD Bank.
If 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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Regional Command East Combined Joint Task Force 1 Chaplain's office has received a number of care packages from Operation Shoebox NJ. Chaplain Eric Anderson of the 1st Calvary Division has been kind enough to share his photo journal of life in a forward area in Bagram, Afghanistan with us. View Journal
The Operation Shoebox New Jersey team won first place in the Frank Valanzola Memorial Bocce Ball Invitational at Colonial Park in Franklin Township June 22. From left are Sal Venturi, Enzo Clemente, team captain Jamey McEntee and Roberto Agostino. Each of the players paid $100 to compete, money which will be donated to Operation Shoebox New Jersey and two other organizations, Wounded Warriors and Chilton Hospital. McEntee's team also won first place at the 2009 tournament.
Saturday, Oct. 19, Berkeley College
Thursday, Oct. 24, Johnson&Johnson, Route 202 Raritan
Saturday, Nov. 2, Flemington Armory, Route 12 (Donna Simon)
Sunday, Nov. 10 Citi West Point Jazz Band Benefit, Count Basie Theater, Red Bank
Saturday, Nov. 9, Mater Dei Academy, Middletown
Saturday, Nov. 16, Girl Scouts CNJSNJ Milltown VFW w/GSCSNJ
May 15, 2012 - NJ Hereos Honors LCpl Zachary R. Sandars and Operation Shoebox NJ
Oct. 12 - OPSHBX NJ volunteers & The Green Brook Lions Club packed 307 care packages at the Green Brook Firehouse.
Sept. 28 - The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey hosted a packing attended by 150 Girl Scouts along with several leaders. 300 care packages were loaded on to the truck for shipment overseas.
Sept. 25/26 - The employees of Church & Dwight split into teams at the company's Princeton & Ewing Township facilities where they packed 265 care packages.
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