Thank You To All Who Support Our Cause
Negative publicity, long tours, harsh and dangerous conditions, missing family members, these are just some of the realities facing our local servicemen and women currently serving in hostile areas around the world. Whether you support or object to our presence in those countries is not the issue, the truth of the matter is we have called upon our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, the best of our country to serve in war on the soil of foreign lands.
Operation: Touch of Home began in 2004 by Dean and Sharon Green in preparation of their son's deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. They had many questions for other seasoned Marines and in reaching out, they discovered the immense impact receiving items from friends and families at home had on their morale. This effort has since touched the lives of over 1,270 heroes with an excess of 133,595 pounds of essential items shipped in more than 5,422 large boxes. These individuals typically share these items with their whole unit, so not only hundreds, but literally thousands of US Troops have been touched by Operation: Touch of Home.
Also, back in 2007 when government channels dropped the ball, Operation: Touch of Home assisted 45 Afghanistan bound Soldiers get from Fort Bragg, NC back home to their families for Christmas. We have received countless e-mails from these GI's thanking Monroe County citizens for making their days brighter with "A Touch of Home".
As long as there is a need, this nonprofit all volunteer group will continue to ensure our local Troops serving in war are not forgotten. We have asked that we all come together and help supply essentials to these brave men and women through several events, such as fundraiser's and mass essential shipments.
If you would like to help with the organization, collection and shipping of these items, planning events, etc., come on out to our next meeting held the second Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert, PA and join in. Remember it's not what we send, it's that we send them "A TOUCH OF HOME".
We are an all volunteer organization based out of Monroe County, PA. Our mission is to support our local hometown military personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hostile areas around the world.
Our amazing team of regulars and part-time volunteers are committed to sending a "touch of home" to as many deployed troops as we can. We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Come to one of our monthly meetings held the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert, PA.
Every fall since 2004, when other communities are looking forward to the Christmas Holidays and how they will celebrate at home, Operation: Touch of Home turns this area's citizens hearts and minds towards helping our American fighting men and women serving in harms way. After months of fundraisers and planning, our volunteers staff area supermarkets and local stores to collect essential items as donations to be shipped to our Troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hostile areas across the globe, just in time for Christmas. The list of volunteers is massive as we have butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, boy scouts, girl scouts, school groups, church groups, hospital groups, business groups and then just plain old Operation: Touch of Home regulars. This event begins on a Friday night and runs through the weekend to culminate in shipping thousands of pounds of essential items to our Troops by the next Monday morning. If all this sounds like a lot of work, it is.............But it is also a whole lot of fun...........come on out and join in this year and learn what a "Touch of Home" Christmas is all about.