Nov 30, 2012

GHS NJROTC accepting donations for ‘Operation Rack Pack’

GREENVILLE—Did you know that many young, single Marines and Sailors return from deployment in the middle of the night with no family present to welcome then back on American soil? Most immediately check into barren barracks rooms with nothing but the clothes on their backs, all of the belongings in storage. Their first night spent “at home” often leaves them with no means to clean themselves up, get a decent meal or relax. Operation Help A Hero, a Rancho Santo Margarita, California, based non-profit organization, which supports the Marines and Sailors on Camp Pendleton, continually collects welcome home items for these single Marines and Sailors who are returning from deployment.

Greenville High School NJROTC unit and booster organization want to help solve this problem for Marines and Sailors and will be conducting a donation drive Dec. 6-22. Donations will support “Operation Rack Pack,” which will eventually support at least 8-10 recent GHS NJROTC graduates. It is the mission of Operation Rack Pack to provide each of these Marines and Soldiers a clean room, snacks, toiletries, welcome home sighs and more. Ideally, they will be able to come home and have the necessary items to take a shower, put on clean clothes, grab dinner and enjoy some relaxation without having to go to storage or to the store in the middle of the night.

The current wish list includes (in order of most needed): $10 gift cards to chain restaurants (Subway, Sonic, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s and Dominos are all available on base), movie tickets, towels, wash cloths and hand towels, shaving cream, deodorant, T-shirts and/or socks, hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste, snack foods/cookies, toothbrushes, entertainment items (cards, magazines, new and gently used DVDs, games, etc.), paper towels, water, sports drinks and soda, small containers of laundry soap, welcome home signs or cards, or just about anything you would like to give a young Marine or Sailor. Monetary donations are also accepted (receipts available) to purchase needed items. GHS NJROTC Boosters will also take cash donations to help offset shipping costs.

Items can be dropped off at the Greenville High School office or to any NJROTC student or booster member. For more information, contact Booster President Julain Jones, 459-5350, or Captain Keith Denman or PN1 Chris Cox at the high school, 548-4188. For more information about Operation Help a Hero or to donate online, visit Operation Help a Hero is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.


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