Pictured with some of the more than1,800 Christmas stockings, filled by members of the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC are, from left to right; NJSFWC Education Chairman Vivien Finn, NJSFWC Public Issues Chairman and Chairman of the Boatsie’s Project Judith Ambrus, NJSFWC President Patty Whitehouse, NJSFWC International Outreach Chairman Carol Swinburne and NJSFWC Financial Secretary, Gail Kovacs-Felici
The Federation gathered the forces of its 193 clubs and 9,200 members throughout the state to support "Boatsie's Boxes Operation Christmas Stocking" project by purchasing and filling Christmas stockings for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stockings brimming with goodies will be delivered to Wheeling, WV, where Boatsie's Boxes is headquartered. The stockings were very generously transported to WV by Thyssen Krupp VDM USA, Inc., trucking company located in Florham Park, NJ.
Boatsie's Boxes began in May 2004 when Gail Van Vranken's (Boatsie) son, MSgt. Patrick R. Van Vranken, forwarded a personal request from the deputy director of programs in Baghdad, for personal items needed for the troops in the Baghdad hospitals.
Immediate Past President of the NJSFWC, Anne H. Redlus learned about the project while attending the GFWC Convention in Cleveland, Ohio in June of 2009 and thought that the members of the NJSFWC would love to support Operation Christmas Stocking. In 2009, over2,000 stockings stuffed with items such as phone cards, food, toiletries, games, socks, and batteries were sent to the soldiers.
The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) of GFWC, founded in 1894, has been headquartered on the Douglass Residential Campus, formerly Douglass College in New Brunswick since 1966. The Federation is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the oldest and largest nonpartisan, nondenominational women’s volunteer service organization in the world. Opportunities are provided to women in education, leadership training and community service through participation in local clubs, enabling members to make a difference in the lives of others, one project at a time.
For more information regarding the NJSFWC or a club in your area, please visit our website at www.njsfwc.org or call (732)-249-5474