Other NJ News

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

Milltown/Spotswood

New Brunswick Opens Cooling Centers As Temperatures Approach Record Highs

June 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a day when forecasters are predicting temperatures in the mid-90s and a heat index even higher, the city has opened two cooling centers for people to escape the heat.

The New Brunswick Free Public Library at 60 Livingston Ave., and the New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center at 812 Huntington St., have been designated as cooling centers, city officials announced ...

Bateman Helps Students Achieve Success; Bog Turtle Designated State Reptile

June 19, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset/Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex) and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 14, 10:00 AM

Maplewood Memorial Library, Maplewood

Bag-of-Books Sale - Friends of Maplewood Library

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Girl Scout Seeks Donations of Craft Items Tomorrow

June 7, 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 ...

Rutgers Equine Science Center Annual Summer Showcase Scheduled for July 11

June 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual "Summer Showcase" from 10 am to noon  on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is open to the public and perfect for any and ...

Third-annual Juneteenth Parade and Heritage Festival in New Brunswick this Weekend

June 13, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick, comprising the city's Black Fire Fighters Association, will host the Juneteenth Parade on Saturday, June 16 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrations are held across the country to mark the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865. That state was one of the last locations to learn of ...

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.” ...