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Ridgefield Park Group Packing Happiness For Troops

Shoppers collect items for a Ridgefield Park's non-profit that ships items to military members overseas.
Shoppers collect items for a Ridgefield Park's non-profit that ships items to military members overseas. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gifts for GIs on Facebook
Gifts for GIs in Ridgefield Park send boxes to soldiers overseas.
Gifts for GIs in Ridgefield Park send boxes to soldiers overseas. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gifts for GIs on Facebook
Ridgefield Park Honor Society members help fill boxes for veterans.
Ridgefield Park Honor Society members help fill boxes for veterans. Photo Credit: Courtesy Gifts For GIs on Facebook

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. - A Ridgefield Park non-profit organization will once again unite community members at the Westside Tavern for a holiday-season packing event to benefit military personnel overseas.

“We pack what people would send to a college kid -- socks, t-shirts," said Dan "Bortie" Greco, the president of Gifts for GIs . "Instead of an Army base, we ship it specifically to [troops] from the community.”

Last year, the organization shipped a full trailer of supplies, toiletries and gifts to service men and women from the area.

This year, three Ridgefield Park heroes stationed in Afghanistan will be the recipients.

Greco got the idea after hearing about a depressed Bogota Marine who needed help. He became the first recipient.

“All of the school kids write letters, and we ship those, too," he said. "We've also had large donations from Bigelow Tea in Connecticut."

The group will conduct a 50/50 raffle to help pay the thousands in shipping costs. Tickets are $5 each.

This year, volunteers want to decorate the boxes before they are sent off. Students from the Ridgefield Park Honor Society will help fill them do that.

Event volunteers and those looking to donate will meet at the Westside on Paulison Avenue on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

For a complete suggested donations list, go to: www.giftsforgis.com

“We want to let them know that they are not forgotten,” Greco said.

MORE INFO: (201) 463-5907 or bortie01@aol.com

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