The NJ Elks Army of Home delivers joy and relief to families of NJ ARNG soldiers. Their incredible generosity can often be described as "shock and awe." On Tuesday, November 18, the Army of Hope provided a significant check for one of the families of a deployed soldier. Pictured here is Jim H. and Bruce T. of the NJ Elks and MSG Minnie H-C of the Teaneck, NJ, armory's Family Resource Group.
On Tuesday, November 18, the NJ Elks Army of Hope also presented Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon with a significant donation to help AaSP's Operation Home Front take care of NJ soldiers. The money will be used to buy DVD players for the troops.
New Jersey State Elks Assoc. Army of Hope Committee
State Chairman: Bruce Totten
Co-Chairmen: Anne Dyche, Region 1 Richard Tabachuk, Region 2
Treasurer: Michael Lamprecht
Update: 11/18/08 Over the last two weeks, we learned that the Elks have paid over $30,000 in family support checks!
We witnessed their generosity first hand on November 18 when AaSP met Army of Hope state chairman, Bruce T, with Jim H., presenting a significant check to a soldier's family. The joy on the family's faces was obvious -- that strangers would care about them and help them in a time of great need. The Dad, a SSG in the NJ ARNG, had to return to Iraq but his anguish has been lowered by these generous Elks! The Army of Hope also presented AaSP with a significant check to support its Operation Home Front. These Elks are wonderful!
Also from the Army of Hope: Recently, $1,000 in Shop-Rite gift cards was given to one soldier who lost his job and was in an accident coming home from drill. The Elks also helped another soldier who was close to foreclosure by paying some past due debts and taxes. The NJ Elks and their friends are incredible!
The NJ Elks Association's Army of Hope Committee is dedicated to the support of Americas troops with its main focus on those that are serving from the Garden State. The Elks have been sending letters of assistance to both the families of NJ Fallen Heroes and NJ's severely wounded. The Committee has been working through the NJ State Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Col. Abel. They have also assisted Ft. Dix in donating a $50,000 handicapped accessible van for transporting rehabbing troops to and from Walter Reed Army Hospital, as well as, providing donations to assist in food costs for"Job Fairs" and Carnival/Barbeque for the families of the "Jersey Blues". The Elks have held Christmas parties for some of the children of Wounded Warriors and Fallen Heroes at many of its lodges.
The Army of Hope Committee expects to send letters/cards of thanks and wish list gift packages to those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The NJ Elks have 118 lodges and over 40,000 members within New Jersey.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is proud to have the NJ Elks as Special Friends. For more info on the Army of Hope Committee, CLICK HERE.