January 5, 2017
by ConorW
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Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

What a way to start the day !!! Lesley Kelly from The Royal Bank Of Canada sent this email to UFT (http://unitedforthetroops.org/) Rich-Jim -Patty
Wanted to share!
Merry Christmas/Happy New Year! Lesley.
I just received the attached pictures from my buddy who is commanding in Afghanistan and received a bunch of packages from the United for the Troops . I spoke with him over the weekend and the packages arrived just in time as his platoons were spread throughout the south east and were running low on care package goodies. He wanted to extend a big THANK YOU from all of the Soldiers of Apache Company and a special thank you to Lesley for putting everything together. PLEASE SHARE
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January 5, 2017
by ConorW
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Mick Barrows who donates $50 for every vehicle he sells

Packing Day For UFT was a huge success. Over 250 volunteers packed 1,004 gift boxes. Take a look at how it happened. https://get.google.com/albumarchive/101074837175180074636/album/AF1QipMldSfzLrHq9xP30BPRyRxP4vdAQrzVzfT4TY9C?source=pwa

September 26, 2016
by ConorW
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IT’S HERE United For The Troops 10th Year Celebration

Hello,

  IT’S HERE !!! United For The Troops (http://unitedforthetroops.org/) 10th Year Celebration. Mahopac Inn Nov. 12, 5-8. Featuring The “Thrown Together Band” FREE Complimentary Horderves. Raffles and prizes that will be over the top this year and special guests that will open and warm your heart !!! This is a must to be at, look at ALL these pictures and you will know why. Now Please Share, Share, Share every where. Over 14,600 Gift Box’s sent by you to our men and women serving our country. You being here will help us continue.
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                                                                                                                                                             Pat And Jim
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June 8, 2016
by ConorW
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Thank You Volz Auto And Facebook Voters

Thank You Volz Auto

Thank You Volz Auto

Thank You Volz Auto And Facebook Voters For Placing United For The Troops #1 In The Volz Charity Contest. $2921.45 will help pay for over 200 gift box’s shipped to our men and women serving our country.

June 8, 2016
by ConorW
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United For The Troops thanks Joe Meade

Hoops For The Troops

Hoops For The Troops

United For The Troops thanks  Joe Meade, his coaches and all who attended for another successful “Hoops  For The Troops”. Over $1600 was raised. That will pay the shipping costs for over 100 gift boxes being sent to our men and women serving and protecting our country.

May 5, 2016
by ConorW
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Hoops for The Troops basketball clinic

13076976_1279330722080350_4610515760194249563_nIT’S BACK !!! Last Year Was Sold Out. Sign Up Quickly And SHARE.
Hoops for The Troops basketball clinic will be held on Sunday June 5 at Lakeland High School,  Shrub Oak  NY.

Register online at www.hoopskillsbasketball.com.

 

Only $25, all proceeds go to United for the Troops  so they can continue to support our soldiers serving overseas. First 100 paid are in, so don’t delay! Call 845 729 4239 with any questions

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March 22, 2016
by ConorW
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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
by ConorW
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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”

December 9, 2015
by admin
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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),

December 7, 2015
by admin
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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.