MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Kiwanis and Key Clubs are currently coordinating a supply drive for local troops. The grass-roots collection is 100% community driven, and will be taking place at the Montville Township High School through May 30.

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. In addition to providing community touch stones such as the playground on Changebridge Road and participating in regular service projects such as roadside clean ups, this organization has taken an active role in supporting the U.S. Armed Forces.

This year, Kiwanis is organizing a new program that aims to provide direct assistance to Montville residents actively serving their country.

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“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. Unlike larger collections run by national organizations, the club guarantees that all donations provided will be sent directly to Montville residents enlisted in active service.

Kiwanis is partnering with the Montville VFW Post to identify local service members, and are seeking the assistance of the community to ensure all troops are accounted for. If you have a loved one that is currently serving at home or abroad, e-mail MontvilleHomeFront@Gmail.com.

Donations will be separated into three categories: Snack Foods, Hygiene and Personal Items.  

The Key Club will be managing the month-long supply drive in the Montville Township High School, though community members can also drop off bundled donations at Stoney Brook Realty at 630 Main Road in Montville.

For a more detailed list of accepted and restricted donation items, visit the organization’s website (www.montvillekiwanis.org) and/or their Facebook page.

Along with these items, local families are encouraged to write general letters of thanks and encouragement and drop them off in any of the donation bins; they will be sent out along with the care packages.

The first round of collections will be sorted by club members into care packages to be shipped out by the end of June. All donations will be shipped directly to local troops at their service mailing addresses.

For more information on the program, to submit the name and contact information of a local service member, and to learn more about the organization and service opportunities, contact Joseph Daughtry and Michael D. Johnson via the Kiwanis website or project email (MontvilleHomeFront@Gmail.com).