MANVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help Operation Shoebox New Jersey put together 1,000 care packages for shipment to US troops deployed overseas during Saturday's 15th annual Veterans Day packing event at the Manville VFW.

The day began at 8 a.m. when the OPSHBX NJ truck arrived at the VFW, with volunteers waiting to unload hundreds of cases of donated food, candy and personal care items that would be packaged in the personal care boxes over the next several hours.

Packing began at 11 a.m., with the last box loaded on to the truck by 2 p.m. The truck was driven back to OPSHBX NJ headquarters in Hillsborough where they were unloaded by volunteers to be weighed, processed and labeled with addresses of military personnel overseas.

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The US Postal Service will pick up the boxes for shipment overseas.

Sate Sen. Kip Bateman and Somerset County Freeholder joined the volunteers to pack bags that were placed in the boxes, joining other volunteers including Cub Scout Pack 64 from Bridgewater and the Canal Walk Veterans Club of Somerset.

OPSHBX NJ and the Rotary Club of Hillsborough will host another packing event open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 7th at the Hillsborough YMCA on Mountain Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help pack another 1,000 boxes for shipment overseas. The event begins at 11 a.m.

Founded in 2005, the volunteer, non-profit organization has assembled and shipped 166,000 personal care packages overseas, with all contents donated by the central New Jersey community.

Further information is available by calling OPSHBX NJ at (908) 255-4712.