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Operation Shoebox New Jersey joins
Flemington Department Store to honor military families
Marty Resnick and his brothers, owners of Flemington Department Store have a well-deserved reputation as good neighbors, extending themselves and their store to ensure the success of fund raisers and other projects devoted to a good cause.
Their latest project is Military Appreciation Weekend, a home style salute to members of the military and their families which will be held at the Route 31 store on Oct. 2 & 3.
Complete with vintage military equipment and displays, the public is invited to stop by Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Several veterans organizations including Rolling Thunder, Wounded Warriors and the Marine Corps League will participate and host displays. Visitors are also asked to bring donations of food and toiletries that will be collected by Operation Shoebox New Jersey volunteers.
OPSHBX NJ sends personal care packages to US troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Resnick will also showcase the talents of Paige and Ashley Dellavalle, two sisters from East Amwell that graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and who are now making their way in the fashion industry.
Flemington Department Store is an outfitter for police, fire and rescue personnel in the tri-state area, many of whom served in the military; many of Resnick’s employees also come from a military background.
“We have several people here that are ex-military and they talk about what they’ve done, giving several years of their lives and we have police, fire and rescue people who come in here all the time, they’re former military people and as we got involved with wanting to do this, you realize that we actually owe these people for what they’ve put out for us to protect our freedoms,” Resnick said.
Communications students from Hunterdon Central High School will be on site to film the weekend, according to Resnick; the video will be edited for local cable television.
Ashley Dellavalle served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 after graduating West Point. When she returned stateside she got together with her sister to launch Stella Valle, a company that is marketing a line of leather bracelets and interchangeable charms the sisters designed. The sisters donate a portion of each sale to the Wounded Warriors organization, which lends assistance to U.S. military wounded overseas and thei rfamilies.
The company’s website is www.stellavalle.com
Members of the 57th Troop Command Army National Guard unit based at the Flemington Armory off Route 12 will also be on hand.
U.S. Army Col. Bogdan Gieniewski (Ret.) of the Allied vs. Axis Historical Foundation will travel from their headquarters in Fayettville, N.C. with a fully-restored WWII-vintage armored half-track vehicle; other vintage military vehicles are also expected to be on display.
Several local businesses are supporting Military Appreciation Weekend with donations of food and prizes that will be given away to members of the military all weekend long; Military ID or other proof of service will be required, according to Resnick.
Helping out are Loews Department Store; Delizia Pizzeria; Houlihans; McCormick & schmidts; Cheesecake Factory and Subway of Flemington.
Carhartt, a family-owned fourth-generation manufacturer of work and casual clothing is the primary sponsor of what Resnick expects will become an annual event in Flemington; based in Kentucky, the manufacturer is also considering sponsoring similar events with other stores in several states.
Further information is available by calling Flemington Department Store at (908) 782-7662.