Community members join Rotarians and other volunteers at past Operation Shoebox packing event being held again this year at the Hillsborough YMCA.  
Donation collection bins for the Operation Shoebox packing event are distributed at seven sites in Hillsborough and Princeton.
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is proud to announce that their annual Operation Shoebox Packing Event is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, beginning 10:30 AM at the Hillsborough YMCA. As in past years, the community is not only welcome to participate in the packing event, but asked to contribute to the supply of snacks and toiletries that are packaged at the event and sent to our military troops serving abroad.
“The success of our packing event depends upon the volume of donated items we can assemble prior to December 10,” commented Abed Medawar, Rotary Club of Hillsborough member organizing the collection.  Last year, our generous community members filled our collection bins several times over, allowing us to package over 500 care packages that were sent abroad.”
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough Operation Shoebox collection bins, which will remain in place until November 6, are located at the following seven locations in Hillsborough and Princeton: 
  • Peter J. Biondi Municipal Complex
  • Central Jersey Nurseries (18 Hamilton Rd.)
  • Hillsborough YMCA
  • Princeton YMCA
  • Pinnacle Health & Fitness (30 Brower Lane)
  • Weis Supermarket (Hillsborough)
  • ShopRite (Hillsborough)
Acceptable Donations:
  • Travel sized:
    • hygiene items
    • Lip balm
    • Sunscreen 
    • Moist wipes 
    • Shampoo
    • Foot Powder
  • Bars of soap
  • Deodorant – non-aerosol
  • Bug spray – non-aerosol
  • Eyedrops
  • Powdered drinks
  • Cereal/snack/granola bars
  • Small cans of tuna with pop-tops
  • Small cans of fruit with pop-tops
  • Microwave popcorn – individual bags
  • Athletic socks – white
  • Batteries – all sizes
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Small boxes of cereal
  • Small bags of trail mix, peanuts, pretzels
The December Rotary Club of Hillsborough Operation Shoebox packing event draws hundreds of community volunteers who help assemble the food items and toiletries that fill the many boxes that are then shipped overseas to our troops.  Volunteers from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, veteran and service organizations, and entire families come out each year to show their support. To help make the event festive and fun, there is a DJ, free drinks and snacks and a raffle.