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Thanksgiving and Christmas Pack 2016
Unilever Warehouse, Cresskill, NJ
This year's Holiday Pack was held early again (November 10, 2016) in order for all the packages to reach our Adoptees in time for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. The Unilever Veterans Business Resource Group managed the pack, ordered goods from the Unilever brands and marshalled a large contingent of Unilever employees to help sort, pack, label and push the cartons out to the Unilever mail room to ship.
On hand were Unilever, Menasha and AaSP supporters who all enjoyed a great afternoon of comraderie, fun and community service. Contributors to the packing supplies included: Just Born, Inc. of Bethlehem, PA (Teanie Beanie jelly beans); Unilever Military Sales (AXE and Schick razors and face wash); AaSP hats (Bill and Diane Casey); comics and signed baseballs (Fair Lawn (NJ) Jewish Center and Craig Mont); Halloween candy (Lara Spina, Karen Killen, others); Healthy snacks (Blue Star Mothers, Marge and Glenn Sietsma, Inserra Supermarkets and Larry Inserra); Coffee (Coffee Associates, Edgewater, NJ, William Callas); and Postage (OritaniBank Charitable Foundation).
(See below for pictures from the event.)
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon held its Easter/Spring pack during the week of March 10. About 300 cartons were packed up for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. They began arriving and are bringing joy and holiday spirit for our Troops! Thanks to all who participated, including our Benefactors Unilever Military Sales; Just Born, Inc.; Menasha Corp; Palisades Country Day School; American Legion Post 57 of Waldwick, NJ; Blue Star Mothers of North Jersey #3; PACPump; Bill and Diane Casey; Inserra Supermarkets; and Coffee Associates of Edgewater, NJ. Thanks to OritaniBank Charitable Foundation for their generous grant to supply all our postage for 2016.
Unilever Charlotte Sales Office Packs for the Troops On May 14, Unilever employees in their Charlotte, NC -- the Military and Discount Sales team -- packed 50 cartons for the USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier. Boxes were packed for the ship's crew as well as the aircraft squadrons. Thanks very much to our good friends in Unilever Military and discount sales!!!
Spring 2015 Packing -- two days of packing insanity to supply our Troops with special goodies!
Special thanks to Unilever; Blue Star Mothers of NJ #3; Lane Furniture; American Legion Post #21 of Cresskill, NJ; Girl Scouts of Nassau County, NY; DHL Express; Just Born, Inc of Bethlehem, PA; Menasha Corporation; and our Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon volunteers!
Johnson & Johnson Packing Event Eastern Sales Meeting 15 April 2015
Our good friends at Johnson & Johnson asked us for 50 names so they could support them with a special packing event during their sales meeting in New Brunswick, NJ. The result? 50 great boxes, full of terrific goodies from Bumble Bee tuna meals in foil packs, beef jerky and other snacks to their premier branded products such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Neosporin, Cotton Swabs, Aveeno shave gel and other products. Our adoptees will be very happy to receive these! Thanks Lynne, Carol and our great friends at J&J!
Clean the World Event - 27 Feb 2015 At Unilever's US Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Thanks to the folks at Unilever and "Clean the World," Unilever leadership training employees got the opportunity to put together small packs of hygeine products that were sent to our Soldiers in Iraq and to our allies there. Kits included a washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shampoo and soap -- and a nice card from the employees who wanted to wish our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen well! Thanks Unilever and Clean the World.
Nov 6 --- 2014 FALL PACK - We had an AMAZING packout thanks to the Veterans Business Resource Group at Unilever and partner employees at Menasha Corporation. We packed up over 300 care packages for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen! See pix and videos below!!!
July 15, 2014 --- SUMMER PACK --- Our 2014 Summer Pack was held in the cafeteria at Unilever North America Headquarters by Unilever's Veterans Business Resource Group. It was an outstanding effort with well over 50 volunteers packing 200 cartons with lots of great goodies for our Troops! Donations from Unilever's personal care brands, Johnson & Johnson health amenities, Just Born's Mike & Ikes, Coffee Associates fresh-roasted coffee, snacks and other items from the Bergenfield (NJ) High School students, and other treats lined the boxes! These cartons will be well received by our Adoptees and we look forward to seeing pics and emails from them. Stay safe guys! Thank you for your service!!!! Thanks also to the Unilever warehouse and mail crews who donated their time and energy to make this happen for our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen!
We got our first email from Theater from our Summer Pack of 2014!
Thank you AGAIN for such an amazing package!!! Everything is fantastic. I was able to share all the contents throughout the entire facility! All of the bathroom products are great, the coffee, hot tamales, snacks/drink mix, you name it, everyone was overjoyed getting it. We are all at about our half way point and the support makes this mid part go a little easier, then it is only 3 months to go. All of your support is awesome and we totally appreciate it! Have a great day!
Doc P, AFG, 23 July 2014
Our first big packing event since the Holidays was Easter/Spring 2014 on Friday, April 4, 2014! We went to AFG in January and now it's time to get back in the business of supporting all our Adoptees, including all our new ones from AFG! By the way, we have been sending care cartons all along but we do about three to four large packs per year where ALL Adoptees get pretty much the same packages. The ones we built ended up being pretty special! (see pix below)
The first slide show below will be our guys getting the packages. The set below that are the pics of us making the boxes! :o)
Attention: We can NO LONGER ACCEPT donation goods at the warehouse for shipping to our troops without a completely filled out Gift in Kind form. SORRY but goods will be turned away unless the form is completed. This is for control and records purposes. If you don't have a GiK form, CLICK HERE.
Packing event sends coffee, tea sticks, shower gel and Xbox 360 games to our Troops
Aug 25, 2012 -- Thanks to our Special Friends at Unilever Military Sales, Unilever's Suffolk, VA, tea plant, Microsoft Xbox and Coffee Associates, we had a great supply from which to pack boxes to our Troops!
A small contingent of Supporters created an assembly line and AaSP packed up three skids of care cartons for our Operation NJ, Operation Overlord, Marines, Paladins and Kuwait Adoptees. More will be packed and shipped next week. A huge thank you to our Special Friends (Kurt H and Bob B of Unilever; Kyle and Rob of Microsoft Xbox; and Bill C of Coffee Associates. We couldn't have done it with out you. Also, thanks to Sheila of Pascack Food Bank and Unilever's Consumer Services for providing extra goodies we used as "filler." Thanks everyone!
On 15 March 2012, Unilever's Supply Chain packed
Over 300 boxes for our Troops. See below for pics...
Packing 19 August 2011
Thanks to donations from The Spice Hunter of San Luis Obispo, CA (three skids of cup soup); Lipton tea of Suffolk, VA (two skids of Lipton 2 Go ice tea stix); and Coffee Associates of Edgewater, NJ (500 lbs of "Americas Cup of Coffee" specially blended coffee) cartons were packed for shipping to our adoptees. Thanks to the following supporters who helped pack: Jeanne S, Al F, Joe, Frank C, Angela S, Steve N, Jennie C-V and her son, Allan V, Brian K and crew.
Lafayette School in Wayne, NJ, packed goodies for our troops on Dec. 16, 2010. These goodies will go to the unit of the 101st Airborne that was hit by a massive suicide vehicle bomb. Thanks Rob, Trevor and all the kids from Lafayette School.
May 2010 Packing Events
In May 2010, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon shipped cases of Girl Scout cookies from the Nassau County, NY Girl Scouts; coffee from Coffee Associates of Edgewater, NJ; school supplies and clothing for Afghan children from Wanaque, NJ, Police Dept.; backpacks, t-shirts and stuffed animals from a Marine Gunny in Passaic, NJ; Xbox 360 games from Microsoft and publishers; gum from Red Cross of Fairfield, NJ; K-9 goodies from Clifton, NJ, public schools; Lipton Cold Brew ice tea from Unilever's Suffolk, VA, plant; school supplies for Afghan children from Cookiehead rock band; cookies from the Hackensack (NJ) Pastry Shop; and much more. Pictures below show volunteers working at the Unilever Cresskill, NJ, warehouse on Wednesday, May 19. Thanks to all our volunteers, Special Friends, supporters and benefactors, our Administrative Angels from Bryan Cave Law Firm in NYC and Unilever's facilities crew for making all this possible!
NJ Turnpike Authority employees Dennis Z. and Ronelle H. delivered 37 cartons for Role 3 MMU on March 25, 2010.
The packing team on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, included: front row (L-R) Bogy K, Annabella C, Steve N, Natalie T, Gilbert K, Tom D, Tara S, Alan K and Ken F; back row is Dennis M, Faye E, Jennifer P, JP and Boo. Not pictured but hard workers are Allan V, Brian K and Lara S.
Packing Event: 2-12-10
We packed off over four skids of coffee; school supplies, clothing and toys for the children of Now Zad, AFG; and other goodies from the Palisades Country Day School, Red Cross, Emerson Girl Scouts and FBI of Chelsea, NYC. It was a great day with lots of help from our supporters, including several newcomers!
Thanks to Coffee Associates for the Irish Creme coffee; Wanaque, NJ, police for a van load of goodies for the Afghani kids; Red Cross for the cases and cases of gum; Palisades Country Day School of Closter and Fort Lee, NJ, for all the great snacks and personal care products, same with Emerson Girl Scouts and FBI. Great job guys!
Joe L. and Jennifer P. with a dolly-full of DJ Hero Xbox 360 games from Microsoft for the troops. We were able to pack them up at lunchtime and get them right into the shipping bay at lunchtime 11-6-09. Thanks also to Holmes B. and of course our mail/shipping team. On that day Fidel C. and Luis S. came up huge. Thanks everyone!!
Packing Ice Tea 10-23-09
On October 23, 2009, we had a great turnout for a large packing event to ship Lipton Tea 2 Go tea stix and Lipton Cold Brew ice tea bags, thanks to the generosity of our Unilever Lipton Suffolk, VA, plant (thanks Ted, Ellie and team!). See the video below to get a sense of the work done.
Packing Ice Tea Mix 8-14-09
Thanks to the generosity of Unilever's Suffolk, VA, tea plant, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon was able to pack 49 cartons for our troops in the Middle East. It gets very hot during the summer (as much as 125-130F in Kuwait) and the ice tea stix flavor the water bottles and provide extra electrolytes. The event on Friday, Aug 14, was attended by Allan V, Tom D, George Z, Dennis M, Brian K and Alan K. Additionally, two NJ ARNG soldiers from the Riverdale, NJ, Armory, volunteered to help AaSP pack the cartons.
Below see several videos taken at the packing event. Thanks to Lorrayne M. and SGT D. for engaging our troops and thanks to Ted N., Bob B., Mary F. and Chris J. for the incredibly generous donation for our military in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East.
In March 2009, several students from Montclair University in NJ collected goodies for our troops. Here Sandra B. and Jillian M. display items collected in the 3rd grade at Washington School in West Orange, NJ, where they are student teaching. The boxes were then delivered to AaSP and shipped to NJ soldiers.
Holiday Care Cartons and Stockings 2008
Our big packing party for Holidays 2008 was amazing! On Friday, Dec. 4, AaSP supporters were joined by two soldiers from the NJ ARNG and packed off over 70 care cartons full of goodies and presents for our adoptees and their units. Add to that a visit from the wife of one of our adoptees and a reporter from the NJN News crew and the event was one for the books!
For the third year in a row, one of our trustees and her family and friends went shopping for our adoptees. The gifts came from Cresskill, Tenafly, and neighboring towns in Bergen County, NJ. Thank you Lara and your crew! Add to these gifts, we had stockings from Ridgefield Boy Scouts, Emerson Girl Scouts, Cresskill, NJ, and Trumbull, CT, supporters. Goodies from the Best Buy event were uncovered and packed off. St. Ignatius Loyola Day Nursery sent cartons of food, personal care, books and even clothing items for needy Iraqi children. The Deepwater Federal Credit Union sent lots of goodies, including K-9 treats. The folks at Microsoft XBox sent games. EA sent games. It was incredible! For pictures of the event, see the slide show below.
A small sample of Christmas gifts that were donated by friends of AaSP.
Packing from Best Buy event:
On Saturday, October 18, five Best Buy stores held a NJ Heroes event to collect goodies for NJ ARNG units in the local area deployed to Iraq. Best Buy delivered the items to the Unilever warehouse on the following Monday and a packing event followed. (Special continued thanks to Unilever for allowing AaSP to have a storage area at the warehouse and use of its facilities to support America's bravest.) Pictures below show the crew packing off boxes from the event.
A typical scene at one of our Special Friends. This, from Gary and Ellen in Florida. Packages of coffee, creamer, socks, all kinds of goodies, that will make their way to the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Afghanistan.
Packing for the troops is fun and rewarding, knowing what you do makes their lives just a little better. Shown here from a packing session on Friday, August 8, 2008, is (L to R): George Z., Chuck P., Mary-Edna K., Mercy R., Traci H. and Gilbert K. Not shown are Lee Ann L., Brian K. and Allan V.
June 20, 2008: Dennis, Holmes, Gilbert and Allan packing Lipton Tea to Go for our units. It's already very hot in the Middle East and these tasty energy drinks that easily go in water bottles will be a welcome sight for our adoptees.
Gilbert opening cases of the Lipton Tea to Go so Allan can pack.
Dennis and Holmes hard at work to send refreshing ice tea mix to our troops.
Care Cartons 2008
As Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon sends care cartons of all kinds to the troops. This year, Special Friends, Commercial entities and our supporters have delivered all kinds of goods that have been shipped to our units, including: personal and hair care products for nurses and female soldiers, Girl Scout cookies, Lipton Ice tea mix for water bottles, Slim-Fast protein chews, Axe deodorant, XBox games and all kinds of general food, snack, personal care and entertainment items. Thanks to all who support our programs to improve the morale of our troops. It's all about making their lives just a little better and sending them a little piece of home.
Genesa and Corinne pack for the 86th CSH.
Christmas 2007: Myrna and Gilbert with articles from the Hillcrest School in Somerset, NJ, for the 1/7 Marines.
Holmes, Dennis and Mike helped pack many of the Xmas gifts from the Spina crew to get them on their way as quickly as possible. Thanks guys!
Christmas 2007: This skid is piled high with Christmas gifts from the Spina crew. Adoptees were picked up by family and friends. Thanks to the Spina crew for this terrific effort!
If you would like to buy items for the 86th Combat Support Hospital at the Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad, we have a separate list - CLICK HERE FOR ITEM LIST.
Special thanks to Leeann and Brian at the Unilever warehouse in Cresskill, NJ, for their continued and steadfast support; and Scott, Joe, Fidel, Tim, Luis and David in the Unilever shipping and mail room; Dave and Norbert in Foodservice; and to Tom and Mike without whose wonderful help we certainly couldn't do what we do! Thanks all!!!
Holmes, George, Chuck and Jennifer at Unilever's warehouse making Care Cartons last year.
Gilbert, Genesa and Rob focused on packing packages for the nurses and female soldiers at four military hospitals -- two in Iraq, one in Kuwait and one in Germany.
Tom busy putting Lipton tea on top of the special Suave ladies' personal care sets. Thanks to our friends at Unilever Consumer Services for all the goodies!
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