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Just Our Soldiers Helpers Inc. (J.O.S.H.)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The mission of Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers Inc., also known as J.O.S.H., is to increase the morale of deployed US service members from all branches of the military. We support our troops by preparing and shipping care packages consisting of snacks or hygiene products. We want our heroes to know we stand with them and they have not been forgotten.

Results: To date, we have shipped over 60,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Horn of Africa, and many other overseas locations where our troops have limited or no access to a PX.

Target demographics: Support US troops who are deployed to remote overseas locations

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 2,000 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen or Guardsmen.

Geographic areas served: We are located in Lake Mary, FL, but support troops who are deployed from all over the United States.

Programs: We support our troops by preparing and shipping care packages consisting of snacks or name brand hygiene products. We want to increase their morale by letting our heroes know we stand with them and they have not been forgotten. We specifically like to support U.S. service members who do not have access to a PX and those who might not otherwise receive mail from home

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donna J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered packing boxes for the first time a month ago. I was very impressed with the entire operation. Kathy, Dennis, and everyone involved are very dedicated. I will definitely be at the next gathering.

Jenny Bodurtha W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped Kathy and other volunteers pack care packages with J.O.S.H. four times now and it is an amazing organization!

Bonnie Miessau C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited to a packing event with J.O.S.H just a few months ago. Having a son in the Reserves, a SIL an enlisted soldier, and other family that has served it spoke to me. The care the J.O.S.H. takes in making sure our deployed soldiers without resources is heart warming. From socks to snacks it makes a difference. I was also able to share in a July 4th event and speak to folks that had no idea J.O.S.H. existed. It's the things we take for granted that mean the most.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of knowing the founder of this organization for well over ten years now, helping along the way here or there. I have donated my time weekly for the past two years. I love the fact that J.O.S.H. only sends high quality name brand products to our deployed service members. All items are carefully packaged, separating the Food boxes from the hygiene ones. Each of these boxes are filled to capacity, each corner and crevice filled. The letters and photos received in appreciation of the boxes truly show how thrilled they all are. I have shopped for and helped with packing events, represented the organization at several events where a table was requested, and much more. I am fortunate and honored to donate many hours each week of my time to an organization that puts 100% effort in keeping with their mission, one part noting: "We want them to know that we stand with them and have not been forgotten".

1 Kim Werkheiser O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization. And I will do it again and again. The team that runs J.O.S.H. Is amazing and selfless. The service they provide to our service men and women is incredible!

1 Debbie M.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of being a donor for this amazing organization. What Kathy created and what JOSH does for all of our service men and women serving abroad is amazing! To give 150% day in and day out without a second thought is remarkable. I am truly blessed to be able to support JOSH weather monetarily, with goods for the care packages, or attending Bunco or other fundraisers, this is one of my favorite non-profits to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kathy and all those involved in J.O.S.H. are incredible people. My son is currently deployed and is receiving care packages from them. I have known this organization from shortly after it was founded and done as much as I have been able to do to help support them and their incredible mission. I have participated in fund raisers as well. Too many of our deployed soldiers think they are forgotten or not appreciated and what J.O.S.H. is doing goes a long way to show them they are not forgotten when deployed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is my favorite charity to donate to both with cash donations and supplies. It is sad that our soldiers are so far from home and have little support from home. They so appreciate all that they receive. The people who run this charity are totally committed to our military and every cent goes to supplies and shipping to those who have little to no access to hygiene supplies, snacks and just goodies in general

1 Melody Yates N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a generational military family we are so honored to be a part of an organization that truly gives from the heart. I have witnessed first hand the dedication and love that goes into every single box. It is a true labor of love.

Not a single dime gets wasted or goes towards anything except giving our military men and women a much deserved thank you from home.

Such a special group and I have been blessed to know them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported J.O.S.H. since it started. We believe in helping this wonderful organization that supports our deployed soldiers. Thanks for all you do J.O.S.H. and thank you to all those who serve.

1 simbacat

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported JOSH since the begining. They do such an amazing job supporting our military when they need it most. I couldn’t think of a better organization to be associated with and will continue supporting them as long as I can!

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Donor

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. and it's volunteer's are amazing. This is the first organization that I give to on a regular basis. Kathy shares stories and pictures for us to see the amazing work they are doing and knowing that I can help in some small way to say thank you to our men and women that serve to protect us is a small something that I am happy to do. I know first hand that a lot of love goes into each package that is sent. If you want to help, I highly recommend this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Meet Kathy Two years ago, our organization was looking for a way to help our men & women who were in the military. We were given Kathy's name & number & the rest is history. What started out as care packages for her nephew turned into an organization that is desperately needed. Kathy & Dennis fills that need with Just Our Soldiers Helpers!! They go above & beyond & will help in any way we can. Keep up the good work!!! God bless you both!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very dedicated to what they do!! 100% real Kathy & Dennis are amazing

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization with many devoted individuals giving their all to make sure the amazing individuals who serve in the Armed Forces know we care and appreciate them. I have seen countless examples of the many grateful soldiers who are so thrilled to have the support of J.O.S.H. The organization is continually looking for ways to grow and support even more of our troops. Having worked with several nonprofits, including this one, I can easily say I am impressed at how well they put the donations to use and keep the already minimal operating costs extremely low. If you want our troops to know we care, donating to J.O.S.H. is a great way to make sure that happens.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having had the opportunity to check out the organization first hand, I came away very impressed with the level of commitment and amount of dedication the founders put into this operation. J.O.S.H. is the real deal with ALL of the efforts focused on ways to put donations to use helping the wonderful soldiers who give themselves to protect our country and way of life. I've also had the opportunity to hear the stories of just a few of the soldiers who have received JOSH packages and can see what a difference JOSH makes! Anyone having the ability to give to this operation can know they are truly making a difference in the lives of soldiers serving in remote areas.

1 Magi A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just Our Soldiers Helpers (JOSH) is a wonderful organization. I have volunteered with them almost from their start and have seen all the great things they do. JOSH sends packages on almost a daily basis to our brave soldiers serving abroad. All branches of the service receive packages, some containing food and snacks and others containing personal care items. Many of the soldiers are stationed where there are no PX's or places to get some special treats. Please visit their website justoursoldiershelpers.org to see some of the emails received by the soldiers who receive these special packages from home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with JOSH almost since it's conception. It's a wonderful organization and having met some of the soldiers who have returned and reading their "Thank You" emails, you understand how much JOSH means to the soldiers.

2 Paula B.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Lori just recieved packages from you today! It really made her day and the troops she shared with! Thanks for all you do to help them out! Thank you so much ! I am a very proud Army Mom and so love that people like you put so much effort in supporting our soldiers!

1 Morgan M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m currently finishing up my 9 month deployment to Iraq and I would like to thank the amazing people at J.O.S.H, especially Kathy H. She was so supportive and always asked exactly what we needed and even sent myself and one of my other female soldiers our own boxes. :0) It was amazing the support that this community gave us and I cannot thank them enough!! Thank you everyone at J.O.S.H for making my deployment as well as my soldiers deployment so much easier and enjoyable!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at several of the J.O.S.H. packing events and I am always impressed with the quality of the items they ship to deployed troops. They are always very well organized and the volunteers are very helpful and friendly. I have donated money to J.O.S.H. on numerous occasions and never feel worried about how my money is being used. It is obvious from the types of items J.O.S.H. ships that they are using my donations wisely. I love supporting this organization and will continue helping as much as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been acquainted with this non-profit for the past several years. Kathy Hewitt- the Founder of JOSH is a consummate professional who has selflessly dedicated countless hours, personal finances and boundless energy to ensure that our deployed troops remain well taken of. Her attention to detail is often observed in the smallest of things. The quality of the care packages that are shipped are second to none. The organization she leads takes the time to hear the needs of those who are deployed to forward areas- often with little or no support and attempts to fulfill those needs with quality hygiene items, nutritious snacks and other materials. JOSH, Kathy Hewitt and the countless supporters and volunteers of the organization truly are remarkable and their work greatly enhances the well being and morale of our service members abroad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My fiance and I are volunteers for J.O.S.H. for many reasons..the main reason of course is because we love our service men and women and what they do for our country. Though there are many non profit organizations, we must say that the Founder of J.O.S.H. Kathy Hewitt, lives and breaths for this mission. J.O.S.H. has become a staple in our community and participates at every event possible to get their name and support out their so they can send care packages for our deployed soldiers. We have experienced the tears, the stories and felt the love and gratefulness in the letters J.O.S.H. receives from the soldiers when they receive a care package. It is more than a snack or hygiene package, J.O.S.H. makes sure every soldier receives a hand written note. We are committed to this organization and all it stands for.... delivering love and a reminder that the deployed soldiers are never alone.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kathy founded J.O.S.H. when her nephew was deployed and didn't have access to certain items. It's grown and developed into much more than sending "care packages". Kathy puts her heart and soul into every box. Those who help Kathy with donations, charity rides, packing the boxes, etc. all love our troops. These packages lift the spirits of our soldiers by not only sending needed supplies, but a "little bit of home" in every box.