The Mahwah Marine Moms and North Jersey Military Moms, a volunteer group whose mission is to support US troops by sending care packages overseas, is busy at work in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.
According to the group’s president, Terry Wendrychowicz, the group has been growing, both in the number of moms who are members, and in the number of units overseas who request packages from the moms.
“We have been boxing pillows donated by the Needlecraft School in Midland Park - filling hundreds of stockings with men's and women's personal care items, snack items, knit hats and knit helmet liners, socks, hand and foot warmers and so much more,” Wendrychowicz said. “We have filled gift bags with personal care items that members of the Lakeland Marine Corp Detachment 744 will take to area Veteran's facilities. In addition we have filled gift bags with personal care items donated to us by area represenatives of Arbonne, which will be given to Our Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.”
All packages sent are complete with notes, cards and letters written to the soldiers by kids from St. Pauls School in Ramsey, Mahwah 4-H Club and Mahwah Cub Scout Pack 258.
To fund the shipping costs of its holiday packages, the Mahwah Marine Moms host an annual Support Our Troops fundraiser at the Mahwah Bar and Grill each November. This year’s November 7 event was “definitely impacted” by Hurricane Sandy, Wendrychowicz said. Knowing that MB&G owner “Craig [Kunisch] immediately suggested that we reschedule.”
Information on the new Support Our Troops Night, happening next Wednesday, December 5, is in the attached flier.
“Please know that our organization is so grateful for the continued support [from the community]. What is more important is that our troops are grateful,” Wendrychowicz said. “We receive many thank you letters and e-mails and they tell us that they are honored to serve our great country, [and] that the packages they receive are a morale booster and they know that they have support from back home.”