PARSIPPANY — For nearly 130 years, the American Red Cross has provided comfort and support to members of the United States military. This holiday season, members of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors aim to help make the holidays brighter for those who have served, and continue to serve, our country.
Board members coordinated a collection of items for the troops through the Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Adopt-A-Unit Campaign and invited family members and co-workers to get involved. The collection of items includes personal care items, playing cards and puzzles, and an array of comfort foods like granola bars, pretzels, cocoa, coffee, individual packages of sugar, and candies.
UPS participated in “Comfort of Home” packages to military members serving overseas. The collection was from Monday, November 6 to Friday, December 1. UPS had collection points set up in their Mahwah, Wayne and Parsippany campuses.
On Saturday, December 2, Board members from American Red Cross, their co-workers and families was at the United Parcel Services Innovation Center, 10 Upper Pond Road, sorting donated items and packing “Comforts of Home” care packages to be sent to military members serving overseas this holiday. Participants also wrote cards of thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer to be delivered to veterans in New Jersey and added to the care packages.
Other companies participating in “Comforts of Home” were Verizon, United Parcel Service, Jersey Central Power and Light, Public Service Electric and Gas, Audio Visual Resources, and Nisivoccia.