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For Immediate Release 10/30/2017

 
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Rotary Club of Hillsborough Organizes Community Event at YMCA to Pack Holiday Gifts for Troops Abroad
 
 
Hillsborough, N.J. October 30, 2017… Our troops serving abroad often lack access to many of their favorite snacks and toiletries, an absence that is felt even more keenly during the holiday season.  To help ensure that our military can enjoy this small reminder of home, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough is once again joining up with Operation Shoebox New Jersey to host the sixth annual Christmas Packing Event on Saturday, December 2, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, at the Hillsborough YMCA (19 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, NJ). Members of the community are invited to participate in this special event to assemble the gift packages.
 
“Every year, hundreds of our community members have turned out for this special event to help ensure that our troops abroad can enjoy a few extra comforts from home,“ noted Rotary Club of Hillsborough President, Anthony Franchini.  “Over the years, service men and women have shared their heartfelt expressions of gratitude in letters, emails and in person, telling us how much the gift packages mean to them while serving in a foreign land.”
 
At last year’s packing event, approximately 1500 packages containing a wide assortment of foods, treats and toiletries were assembled by hundreds of volunteers - both young and old - from Hillsborough and adjoining communities. The individual bags are grouped together into small boxes and then into larger containers for shipment abroad.  The cost of shipping these boxes to the troops is funded by donations from the Rotary Club of Hillsborough and caring members of the public. Cash donations to off-set shipping costs can be made at the event or sent in advance by check to Operation Shoebox, 152 Route 206, Hillsborough 08844.  Donations of appropriate, non-perishable food items, snacks, and toiletries, etc. can be dropped of at the same location.
 
To participate in the packing event, volunteers need only arrive at the Hillsborough YMCA between the hours of 10:30 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, December 2, and Rotary volunteers will provide packing instructions. 
 
Operation Shoebox New Jersey, based in Hillsborough, was founded in February 2005. It is an all-volunteer grass roots organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies and shipping care packages to U.S. troops based in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries.  Operation Shoebox seeks donations of food and personal care items that are placed in personal care packages shipped to members of the US military deployed overseas. Requested items include canned tuna, canned fruit, 1 oz. boxes of cereal, dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, small bags of pretzels and chips, small tubes of toothpaste, toothbrushes, small packets of moist wipes, soap, deodorant, small canisters of powder and small bottles of shampoo.
 
About Rotary
 
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.
 
The Rotary Club of Hillsborough currently has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  The Hillsborough Rotary serves the Hillsborough community.  All funds raised at the Rotary Fair are donated back to community projects. The Hillsborough Rotary Club meets every Wednesday, at 6 pm, at The Landing Restaurant in Hillsborough.
 
For more information about the event and making cash or in-kind donations, please visit our website hillsboroughnjrotary.com.
 
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