March 22, 2016
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MARCH INTO SPRING – Hello From United For The Troops

Please Share ! Hello From United For The Troops,http://unitedforthetroops.org/

10670257_10204290316137749_4177462116533657534_nWe have so many more Men and Women to reach that are serving our Country. “MARCH INTO SPRING” is here again. This is a great opportunity for groups, schools and businesses to give back. Please see if you can help as a group or individually.

 

If you have any questions please call ( it is easier than numerous emails) us at 845 729 4239. We are a Not For Profit 501c-3. We are taking donations of gift items from our wish list and you can help pay for shipping by going to our website and go to donate.

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Peace,
Jim and Pat Rathschmidt and Family.

January 21, 2016
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A little bit of what we did in 2015

Our thanks go out to everyone that donated and helped “OPERATION DEFEND THE HOLIDAYS”

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December 9, 2015
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Soldier’s Letter from BRITTIAN A. WALKER LTC (OF-4),

Hello, and thank you. I’m LTC Britt Walker, and I’m writing to let you know that I received both care packages that you recently sent. My team and I are grateful that you’ve taken the time to send a few ‘creature comforts’ our way.

As parents of a paratrooper, you know that the Soldiers here in Afghanistan are America’s finest, but also know that each of us has a support network that keeps us going. I’m glad to know that “United for the Troops” is part of my team’s network. Thanks again for your support.

Very Respectfully,

BRITTIAN A. WALKER

LTC (OF-4),

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December 7, 2015
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Putnam Remembers Soldiers Overseas with Operation Defend the Holidays

Original Story Published in the Southeast-Brewster Patch

For the second year, Putnam County officials and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department are working in a joint effort with Mahopac-based United for the Troops to raise money to send comfort packages to those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas.

The effort is known as Operation Defend the Holidays.

“The men and women soldiers serving overseas have sacrificed so much to protect our liberties and defend our freedoms; it is a gift that gives to us every day of the year,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell in a prepared statement. “Sending a comfort package lets the troops know we are thinking about them during the holiday season.”

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith agrees.

“Speaking from my own experience as a soldier who was posted overseas during Christmas, I can personally attest to how uplifting it is to one’s morale to receive a care package from back home,” Smith said. “That is one of the reasons I strongly support the efforts of Operation Defend the Holidays and urge folks here on the home front to remember our brave young men and women who are serving our country far from home this Christmastime.”

For each$15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas. Donors are given a card acknowledging the gift. Their names will also appear on a virtual wall highlighting the number of comfort packages that have been sold.

Last year 360 comfort packages were sent to the soldiers on behalf of Putnam County employees as well as their friends and family members. This year the program is open to the public as well.

United For The Troops is a 501-c-3 that sends care packages to troops serving overseas. It was started by Mahopac residents Jim and Pat Rathschmidt. The couple along with their friends and neighbors launched the organization in 2007 when Rathschmidt’s son, Luke, was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in Iraq.

Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that while the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life, many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. The organization’s purpose is to make the soldiers’ lives a little better while serving overseas by sending items such as cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks and t-shirts.

“While all of our comfort packages are made up of donated items, it costs us about $15 to ship a care package overseas,” said Jim Rathschmidt. “Through the great efforts of County Exec. MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Don Smith, the county employees and other Putnam residents, we will be able to ship even more boxes to our men and women serving our country overseas. Thanks to the generous support we receive, our mission to ‘Bring A Little Comfort To Our Troops’ continues on.”

Donations can be pledged by submitting the form found at putnamcountyny.com/carepackage. Terry Oliver, confidential secretary to County Executive MaryEllen Odell, is accepting the contributions. Checks can be mailed to Terry Oliver, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Third Floor, Carmel, N.Y. 10512. She can be reached at 845-808-1001 or via email at terry.oliver@putnamcountyny.gov. Checks can be made out to United for the Troops with Operation Defend the Holidays written in the memo section.

United For The Troops has sent over 10,000 comfort packages to the troops since its inception.

The deadline to donate to Operation Defend the Holidays is Dec. 18.

November 30, 2015
by Whelan
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OPERATION DEFEND THE HOLIDAYS – Over 250 caring friends came to Thomas Jefferson School

Over 250 caring friends came to Thomas Jefferson School on Saturday with United For The Troops and worked all day to pack 870 gift boxes that are being sent today to our men and women serving our country.Our thanks go out to everyone that donated and helped “OPERATION DEFEND THE HOLIDAYS”

 

November 24, 2015
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United For The Troops Packing Day Sign Up is Closed.

Thank you to all that signed up for packing day, it is now closed. We are overwhelmed with your support. For those that missed the deadline please stay in touch with us. We have Valentines Day coming in January.

We cannot  accept walk ins, we are restricted by the fire code and our agreement with The Lakeland School District. Please do not ask us to over ride this. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a beautiful Holiday season.

Peace,

Jim and Pat

November 23, 2015
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Importance of our sign up Sheet For UFT packing day

Hi Friends,

We wish we could have everyone that wants to join us, however there is Maximum that we have to respect. If you have been signed up by UFT directly we will see you at 9:am sharp. Our UFT “Team” will be at TJ’s at 8:am sharp.

Unfortunately We can not accommodate all walk in’s. This is not because we dont want you all to be with us but because there is a fire code and work will be distributed according to an arranged number. Please call not email us ( we wont be able to respond) call us at 845 729 4239 to sign up. If we cant take your call please leave a message.

Many remember how crowded it was last year, We will not have that problem with the size of the gym and APR room however the number of volunteers must be manageable. We truly are honored and appreciate your wanting to join us so please get back to us. Children must be 10 or older and accompanied by an adult.

This is a special day because of our family of volunteers. Lets” Bring A Little Comfort To Our Troops”

Peace,
Jim & Pat

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November 9, 2015
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Packing Day Location Has Moved to The Thomas Jefferson Elementary School!

Hi Friends,

Sadly packing day for United For The Troops will not be at The American Legion this year. We need a bigger boat… Operation Defend The Holidays ( UFT) will be at The Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 3636 Gomer St, Yorktown Heights NY 10598 Saturday, Nov. 28. at 9:00am   Because of the popularity of this event we have a sign up sheet. We also need to have a age limit for our young volunteers. ( 10 and above)

 

  If you are interested please email us back and let us know how many and if you have joined us before.

  If you need more info please do not email us, please call 845 729 4239. We find that a phone call saves all of us a lot of time. We thank you in advance for your support, 10,500 gift boxes were sent to our service members because of you.

Peace,

Jim and Pat