Giving Back

Community Supports Local Troops with Kiwanis’ “Operation Home Front”

Credits: Julie Ryan
MONTVILLE, NJ – The Kiwanis Club of Montville, in coordination with the Montville Township High School Key Club and Montville VFW Post, completed a supply drive called Operation Home Front for local service members on May 30.
In the early weeks of June, these items were sorted into 18 care packages by a team of Kiwanis volunteers and shipped to Montville natives stationed on bases across the U.S., and destinations across the globe ranging from Naval ships on the high seas to the deserts of Afghanistan.
Messages of thanks are now returning from local troops who are grateful for the support and encouragement from their hometowns.
CTTSN Sarah Mazzaccarro (a member of the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS HOPPER) expressed that receiving mail was a pleasant surprise, and that she was happy to share her gifts with the rest of her crew.

LCPL Julie Ryan (a member of the United States Marine Corps. stationed in Monterey, CA) shared a picture of herself with one of the care packages.
Kiwanis hopes to continue its efforts with future collections and welcomes volunteers and partners from the local community.
"Operation Home Front” is a supply drive organized and run by the local service organization that seeks to send care packages directly to local service men and women. Operation Home Front is made possible by our friends and partners at the Montville Township High School and Montville VFW Post, the support of the local media, and the generosity of our community. For more information on Operation Home Front, please contact Michael D. Johnson at
For the past 35 years, the Kiwanis Club of Montville has promoted civic engagement and service to its local community, sponsoring youth chapters such as the Key Club and Builders Club at the High School and Middle School, respectively. By providing community touch stones such as the play ground on Changebridge Road and participating in regular service projects such as roadside clean ups, Kiwanis has built upon a rich history within our community, and is happy to welcome citizens with a passion for service with meetings open to prospective members twice a month. For more information on The Kiwanis Club of Montville, please visit their website ( or Facebook Page (“Montville Kiwanis").

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