"Another amazing packing. 8000 pounds of needs have been delivered to the Somerville Post Office today, which will soon be on the way to our deployed service men and women!Many thanks to DJ, Deb and all those who helped to create the Valentine cards that were packed into each box. Very honored to be a part of such an incredible organization.Operation Jersey Cares will always lead with a compassionate heart as they support our military both near and far".
Good job today, OJC!!!
This is from Pam Gale Guzzi a mother whose son is a freshman at the Naval Academy and who attended her first Packing with OJC.
"The season of Lent it is not only about what you give up or sacrifices, yet just as important is the work you can do to help others. Emma, Addi and I have committed to doing as many acts of giving back as possible during these 40 days.
Today we helped out a fantastic group of individuals who are dedicated to supporting our troops near and far, Operation Jersey Cares.
We packed boxes large and small filled with generous donations of snacks, essentials like TP, dental care and body wash etc., not to mention coffee and gum, antibacterial gel and sunscreen.
There were 45 boxes going directly to this'd aboard ships and 43 more to an Army installation in Iraq. That was only the tip of the iceberg.
Thank you to Eddie & Linda for getting us involved last year and to the U.S. Naval Academy Mom's and MidSibs who came out to help.This is only a sampling of all the volunteers. Can't wait to do it next time".
FYI, in talking with Tom Cunningham about the increase in shipping costs which now is almost doubled. Last year they had about $45,000 in shipping, if the volume continues, it could be $90,000 this year. All shipping costs are made possible by donations, He told me, that the Distribution Center in NJ where the boxes used to be shipped from is now in Chicago. No idea why this was done.
Five Slattery Detachment members and their families helped today. Overall it was a good day and there will be a few more Smiles on the faces of the Men and Women who serve in our Armed Forces who will receive a box or two from Operation Jersey Cares.