MANVILLE – Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey pack care packages for US troops overseas and commemorate the organization’s10th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 14.
The packing will be at the Kavanaugh VFW Post #2290, 600 Washington Ave., Manville, with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Volunteers will be joined by several special guests who will help to commemorate the contributions made by OPSHBX NJ and its supporters since it was first organized in February, 2005. Packing begins at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be provided.
Soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who received packages from OPSHBX NJ during their deployments will attend to express 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; 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 write a short letter to the troops; all cards and letters will be inserted into the boxes.
Since its founding in February, 2005, OPSHBX NJ volunteers have shipped over 88,000 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.