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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. All contributions are tax deductible. Make a donation on-line by clicking on the paypal button below.
Hot Dogs and Porkers race to raise funds
By Rod Hirsch | Nov,15 2012
Banner shipped to Afghanistan is back in the USA - Army SSgt. Jeff Mullins, a Central New Jersey resident, is back home safely from a deployment in Afghanistan, and will return a banner signed by fans and the Somerset Patriots ballplayers at TD Bank Ballpark during June 14 Flag Day ceremonies hosted by Operation Shoebox New Jersey. The banner was rolled up and shipped to Mullins in Afghanistan, where he took photographs of the banner at the base in Kandahar where he was stationed. Mullins will present the banner during the Patriots annual Christmas dinner Dec. 6 at The Palace in Somerset.
Help Emily and Molly “Save Our Shore”
Emily McEntee and Molly McEntee designed these colorful t-shirts to raise money and help those affected by Super Storm Sandy to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses along the New Jersey Shore. T-shirts are available in both youth and adult sizes.
All money raised through the sale of the “Save Our Shore” t-shirts will be donated by Operation Shoebox New Jersey to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund established by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie. Each shirt costs $20. Order online by connecting to: . All major credit cards are accepted.
Emily, 12 and Molly, 9 are the granddaughters of Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey who was recognized as a “New Jersey Hero” by the first lady’s New Jersey Heroes Foundation in December, 2011.
Operation Shoebox New Jersey is a 501C3 non-profit organization that sends personal care packages overseas to US military personnel in Afghanistan and around the world. Since 2005, volunteers have shipped over 59,000 packages overseas.
Operation Shoebox New Jersey has also been sending much-needed supplies to New Jersey National Guard units assisting the clean-up effort in towns up and down the shore, as well as thousands of our New Jersey neighbors in need.
Operation Shoebox New Jersey will keep a running tally of shirts sold and the amount of money raised on its website; remember, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the relief fund. Further information is available online at or www.opshoeboxnj.org
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
May 11, Saturday, Route 206, Raritan, Stop & Shop
May 18, Saturday, Armed Forces Day Packing, Alpha Volunteer First Aid Building
May 25, SaturdayPrinceton Spirit Committee, Senior Citizen Center, Municipal Complex
June 8, Saturday, XIII Anniversary Packing, Manville VFW
June 22, Saturday, Frank Valanzola Memorial Bocce Ball Tournament & Packing, Somerset
May 15, 2012 - NJ Hereos Honors LCpl Zachary R. Sandars and Operation Shoebox NJ
April 27 - Hosted by the West Milford Presbyterian Church Women's Club, OPSHBXNJ volunteers packed 345 care packages for US troops overseas.
April 13 - For the third consecutive year , St. Michael's School in Cranford hosted a packing event, with OPSHBXNJ volunteers packing 378 care packages.
April 13 - The parishioners of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church in Short Hills celebrated a day dedicated to volunteerism and community service by packing 331 boxes with OPSHBXNJ volunteers.
CiCi, a German Shepard, nosing around in care packages sent to her handler, Kyle Luthman, in Oman. Oman is one of the smaller Mideast kingdoms on the Persian Gulf where Kyle and CiCi, Central Jersey residents, are deployed with the Air Force from McGuire AFB in New Jersey.
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