We packed care packages for our Troops in November and December. The ones in November were filled with candy, razors, coffee, t-shirts and hats and all sorts of snacks and fun items. Then on December 8, we packed up personalized Christmas presents! Each of these presents were purchased by a supporter and member of "Lara's Crew," a team organized by our Trustee and VP Special Projects, Lara Spina. We even had Santa there for that packing! The packages are just starting to arrive so we're really happy to see some of the smiling faces now! That's what drives us all!!!! Below are pics from the packing events and the arrivals of the goodies.
Holiday Care Packages 2014
It's that time of year again! Thanks to "Lara's Crew" and our generous supporters, we're sending a bit of home to all our units!!!! We'll post pictures from our packing event on 4 December, as well as pictures of our guys receiving their packages! Thanks everyone!!!!
Holiday Cartons 2013
It's that time of year again! If you'd like to know what's good to buy, CLICK HERE for our latest list!
Holiday Shipping 2013!
We began packing our Holiday cartons on Friday, November 15, 2013. A veritable Unilever Army showed up at their warehouse in Cresskill, NJ, and we put together 100 cartons in barely three hours! Included were: AXE hair kits and Lipton tea sticks from Unilever; Trail mix bars and Xmas lights from OritaniBank Charitable Foundation; 4lbs of fresh-roasted coffee from Coffee Associates; peppermint peeps from JustBorn; and mint chocolate coffee pouches (like chew) from GetGrinds.com. This is the first of two Holiday shipments we plan and every one of our adoptees will be a beneficiary!
On Friday, 6 December, another great crew gathered at the Unilever warehouse to pack up Xmas gifts all bought by friends and family of Lara Spina, one of our Trustees. Over 80 wrapped presents were taped up and sealed and labeled and gotten ready for our Troopers. A great day for us all!!!! Special thanks to Lara and her crew for their incredible generosity and of course to the team that arrived and to Unilever, whose grant for postage, warehouse and mail crew make all this possible for our Troops!!!!
Holiday Cartons 2012 Lots of Holiday Cheer for our Troops!
Xmas 2012 --- We have had an AMAZING Christmas Holiday this year. So many folks have contributed to the well-being of our Troops. First and foremost, we want to thank our VP and Trustee Lara Spina, who gathers her friends and family and adopts EVERY SINGLE ADOPTEE CONTACT we have and gets them a Xmas gift! These kind, generous people pick a name and go out and buy stuff for them. And it's Lara who oversees and just happens to adopt a bunch of them herself as well! Thank you Lara from the bottom of our collective hearts!
It's going to be difficult to list everyone but here are many of the folks and companies and organizations that have helped make a difference this Holiday Season: UNILEVER's warehouse, mail room, supply chain, tax department, Military Sales, consumer services and supporters in the Unilever system; OritaniBank Charitable Foundation who gave us an enormous donation for Operation NJ; Chase Bank Community Giving is sending us $10,000 that we won thanks to our supporters all voting for us!; our Veterans Liaison, Tamber Norton; Margaret Twomey and the Maine bakers; Linda Arnold and the Piedmont Patriots; Lynne Marquardt and Darlene and the Northwoods team; Linda Pintabona and the Girl Scouts of Troop 1214 in Chesterland, OH; 3D Rock Band, Kneer family (Fashion for Freedom) and Clifton Police PBA #36 for raising $$$ in Holiday events; American Legion Posts in Waldwick, Teaneck, Hasbrouck Hts, Ridgewood, Cresskill and Englewood, NJ; VFW Post in Ho-ho-kus; Team Toms; Bergenfield (NJ) HS; EH Bryan Elementary School in Cresskill, NJ; the Milnes and Lyncrest Schools in Fair Lawn, NJ; Haskell School in Wanaque, NJ; Franklin School in Somerset, NJ; the Borough of Fair Lawn, NJ; Fair Lawn Jewish Center; Johnson & Johnson; King's Supermarket in Hillsdale and so many others! Thank you!!!
Our Veterans Liaison Tamber Norton and her sister put together packages upon packages for these fine Warriors: Brandie Phillips, Matthew Ritchie, Evelyn Mciver, Alexander Leon, Ruben Valencia, Jason Ringlehan, Victor Fernandez, Anthony Wilson, Kevin Ryan, Lloyd Swaby, Steven Gutzke, Dennis Speek, William Rogers, Alberto Botello, Francesca Vollaro, Mark Carl, Alex Duszkiewicz, Francisco Colon
Holiday Cartons 2011 Lots of Holiday Cheer for our Troops!
10th MTN DIV Lt Chris W and his Soldiers show off Xbox and video games from Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and Xbox 360 and publishing partners! Thanks Microsoft for helping us make Christmas special to our Special Troopers!
A special Christmas for the 438th AEW in Kabul, thanks to Bryan Cave Law in New York City. Thanks Anne, Maureen and team!
Again this year, our Trustee Lara S. and her crew of family and friends went out and bought gifts for our adoptees! Every year she does this and every year the list seems to get bigger! Special thanks to Lara and her crew for this awesome project!!!
2011 was the best Christmas season ever for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and our Adoptees. Thanks to the efforts of our VP and Trustee, Lara Spina, all our Adoptees received Christmas gifts this year. Of course they share them with their buddies, but getting these gifts has to be a highlight for our Warriors. Thanks also go to our other Special Friends and Corporate Benefactors that made huge efforts to get Christmas gifts to our Troops. They include (in alpha order): Brighton Cromwell, Inc; Bryan Cave Law; June Augusta; Kessler Rehabilitation NJ; Livingston Services; Marine Moms of Mahwah (NJ); NJ Turnpike Authority (and NJ State Police); Tamber Norton; Seyfarth Shaw Law; Unilever; 11 NJ Walgreen's stores; and Wanaque (NJ) Police. There are many more that sent direct to our Troops and we'll update soon... Thanks to everyone for making this Christmas season the best ever!!!
Holiday Cartons 2010
Another successful event for our troops!
Check out the video above and the pictures below. Packing was held at the Unilever warehouse on Friday, 3 December, 2010, and Tuesday, 7 December, 2010.
This year's Holiday packing event was even more successful than last year! Lara Spina, our VP and Trustee, got her family and friends to buy Xmas presents for our adoptees again -- and this year they ran out of names! It was incredible. Marty and the kids from the Atlantic County (NJ) Alternative High School did a special project to collect goodies for our war fighters and brought up 13 cartons for SFC Scott S and his warriors in Sharana and outskirts. Anne, Mo and the Bryan Cave Law Firm (NYC) Administrative Angels packed over 30 large cartons for 1SG Bubba B and the kids in Afghanistan near his base. Bill A. and Emilia N. from Kessler Rehabilitation Centers got all 80 of their operations in NJ to collect goodies for the Paladins in AFG and brought nearly 100 cartons!
Then add the pillows from Ginny and the Needlecraft School in Midland Park, NJ; the holiday bears from John B. and friends for Walter Reed AMC; the pillows and stuffed animals from Liz H and Operation Jersey Cares for Walter Reed AMC; packages from the NJ Turnpike Authority for the Rakkasans in AFG; the packages from June A; all the goodies from Joan and the Norwood/Northvale Women's Club; candy from Christine and her husband's Pediatric Dentistry Practice in Shelton, CT; Xmas stockings from Linda D and the Piedmont (GA) Patriots; candy and goodies and cards from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan, NJ; over 70 helmet liners from the Grace United Methodist Church of Wyckoff, NJ, and Leigh B. and her Knitting Club; coffee from Coffee Associates in Edgewater, NJ; Snicker bars from Dr. Phil A; stockings and goodies from Dawn B and Fair Lawn, NJ's Lyncrest School and the Pediatric Care Billing Dept; stockings and goodies from the North Bergen Girl Scouts and Tara P; goodies for the 745th FST from Bill S. and the FDNY firefighters; and goodies from many of our supporters coming to the Friday packing event (thanks Bruce, Jenny ...).
We also thank Paula and the Seyfarth Shaw Law Firm in NYC and Crystal, Curt and the team at Planet Tool & Engineering and their partner firms in O'Fallon, MO, for their fantastic holiday drive to send packages to CJTF 101 in AFG!
Add to that the financial donations from Bob G, Tom D, John Q, John and Joan C, the E family, Brenda K; Wm Raveis Agency in Trumbull, CT; Paul Z; Frank and Joan T; Carol D; Judy F; Rainer and Joy M; George V; the Parallel Group; Fair Lawn Athletic Club; Jeanne E; Donald and Lilyam W; Midge and JH; and others ... well, it's been a great holiday season for our troops so far!
And thanks to DHL Express for sending Xmas trees again to our troops this year! This is their eighth year in a row and the sixth year they have given trees to our units. This year we are even sending trees to our great NATO Commander GEN David H. Petraeus for HQ and surrounding units. We are so honored to do so. Thanks DHL!
Thanks to everyone who has pitched in, came to the packing event, will come to Tuesday's event