Military & Veterans

Rutgers Football Players Assist at Operation Shoebox New Jersey Packing

dc19bb9936353d257223_opshbxnjmanville2017rutgersboxes.JPG
Members of the Rutgers University football team help load boxes at Saturday's Operation Shoebox New Jersey packing at the Manville VFW. Credits: Rod Hirsch
147c60ca23186753aa86_opshbxnjmanville2017rutgersbanner.JPG
Rutgers University football players sign a good will banner that will be shipped overseas to US troops. Credits: Rod Hirsch
cd6a03fd36a83428c110_opshbxnjrodandlinn.JPG
Operation Shoebox New Jersey founder and executive director Rod Hirsch, at left, with Linn Smith.
f2769d925a3653857c40_opshbxnjmanville2017crowd_boxes.JPG
Credits: Rod Hirsch
4054c6e2ff532692fd88_opshbxnjmanville2017crowd1.JPG
Credits: Rod Hirsch
9d09d593617c43717b5d_opshbxnjmanville2017assembly_line.JPG
Credits: Rod Hirsch
0b6e539e2b139c4aa5c7_opshbxnjmanville2017outthedoor.JPG
Credits: Rod Hirsch
dc19bb9936353d257223_opshbxnjmanville2017rutgersboxes.JPG

 

MANVILLE, NJ  - More than 300 volunteers helped Operation Shoebox New Jersey commemorate its 12th anniversary Saturday by packing  1.200 personal care packages that will be shipped to United States military personnel stationed around the world.

Several members of the Rutgers football team came to help, as did several other groups, including the Boy Scouts, Troop 193; Girl Scouts, a contingent of Stop&Shop supermarket store managers, a criminal justice club from Union County College, the Bound Brook High School Interact Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians from Somerville and members of the Canal Walk Veterans Club, Franklin Township.

The event was dedicated to the memory of Linn Smith, a longtime Operation Shoebox New Jersey volunteer who died suddenly on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.

Sign Up for E-News

Smith was the commander of the Canal Walk Veterans Club and would always make certain a strong contingent from the retirement community would be on hand to help out.

A Navy veteran, Smith served on a minesweeper during the Cold War from 1956-60.

“Linn was the consummate volunteer, a valued and trusted member of our team here at Operation Shoebox New Jersey,” said Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director. “He was a patriotic American, proud of his service in the US Navy, a real “man’s man” who loved his wife, kids and grandchildren.

“He was also a close, personal friend. We miss him dearly; he was truly one of a kind.”

Smith’s wife, Sue, his children and grandchildren were on hand to help prepare the care packages.

All care packages included a bag of food and snack items; a bag of toiletry and personal care items; 3 bags of loose candy, two boxes of Girl Scout cookies and cards and letters of well wishes,

Operation Shoebox New Jersey, founded in 2005, is a volunteer, non-profit corporation based in the central New Jersey area that coordinates and sponsors packing events throughout the year. Since its inception, the organization has shipped more than 127,000 care packages overseas.

Further information is available on the website at www.opshoboxnj.org.

Rod Hirsch, founder and executive director of Operation Shoebox New Jersey, is also managing editor of the tapinto Somerville and tapinto Hillsborough news websites.  

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Diegnan, Pinkin and Karabinchak Highlight State Support for Dismal Swamp with Environmental and Local Leaders

June 4, 2018

EDISON, NJ - State Sen. Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak were recently joined by local elected officials and environmental groups in hailing a $200,000 state appropriation championed by the 18th district legislators to complete the scope of work needed by “Dismal Swamp Preservation Act” to survey the boundaries and properly enact the ...

East Brunswick Republican Chair Jesal Amin Announces Dhar Khona to Join Council Ticket

June 15, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- Newly elected Republican Municipal Chairman Jesal Amin announced today that Dharmendra “Dhar” Khona will join the Republican ticket for Township Council in East Brunswick.  Khona will replace Tom Szaro on the ticket, who had to step aside for personal reasons. The remaining candidates on the ticket are Councilwoman Camille Clark and former school board ...

EBPL Open on Summer Sundays

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Due to an increase in demand of library usage, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) is extending Sunday hours throughout July.

The library plans on using the additional hours to host more library programming and provide services to the community, including passports, access to the computer lab and EB Create makerspace, and ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Girl Scout Seeks Donations of Craft Items Tomorrow

June 6, 2018

Hi, EB Community, 

 
I am Alexandra Gonzalez. I am currently a Junior at EBHS. I am as well a Girl Scout and working on my Gold Award. I am in search of donations and would like to inform you on the issue my project will address, how you can help, and why this is important. 

The project I am working on will be impacting the Special education students in East Brunswick Public ...