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"Our location is called COP Zulu, we are collocated with the Iraqi Army that we are training. This week we received your boxes of goodies. I would like to say Thank You!! I wish you could see the impact that it has on the troops lives over here. They live in a location that they built up over two months. Showers aren't always the hottest--matter of fact they can be downright cold--and sometimes you have to use a porta potty--but when love comes from home--it makes all the problems go away. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Vr, CPT Wayne Stilesar
MiTT 47224, Hoplites


Somerset Patriots host Operation Shoebox NJ packing event on Saturday, June 25th & “A Salute to the Flag” July 4th


Bridgewater, NJ - The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots are hosting an Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing Event at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, June 25th. Volunteers of all ages are invited to help pack care packages to ship to U.S troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The event will begin at 11:30 am with a brief orientation. Volunteers will then fill care packages with different toiletries, necessities, and food items from bins spread along the main concourse. All volunteers will be asked to write cards and letters to the troops to include in each package. Volunteers can sign a large banner expressing their thanks to the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors that will also be sent overseas. Tickets will also be available for the following weekend's ballpark fundraiser, "A Salute to the Flag," hosted by Operation Shoebox New Jersey. All fans attending the Monday, July 4th game will receive an American Flag and will be asked to join a flag waving tribute to U.S. troops during the game. The first 2,000 fans will also receive a limited edition baseball with the Operation Shoebox New Jersey logo. Bring your cameras to record this magnificent red, white and blue tribute. Special tickets to the July 4th game are available by calling (908) 698-0333. The Patriots have hosted several packings at the ballpark since 2005, when Operation Shoebox New Jersey first began to send personal care packages overseas. The volunteer organization has sent more than 35,000 packages to U.S. troops. "We are proud of our partnership with the Somerset Patriots, an organization that exemplifies the compassion and patriotism that serve as the foundation of Operation Shoebox New Jersey," said Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director. "Spending a day at the ballpark is a true American tradition, symbolized by the huge American flag in centerfield, a stirring reminder of the pride and dedication of US military personnel serving overseas."




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Register for an event or volunteer Op

Operation Shoebox is always in need of volunteers. Want to help out? Register by clicking the button below or click here to see a full listing of packings and events.

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Submit the name of a deployed soldier

Have a friend, relative, or loved one overseas? Submit their name here to receive a care package.



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