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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: From the end of 2010 through the end of 2018, J.O.S.H. had shipped over 75,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Horn of Africa, Syria, and many other overseas locations where our troops have limited or no access to a PX. Each year we have increased the number of care packages we have shipped while keeping administrative costs as low as possible. We want our donors and supporters to feel confident that their assistance is benefiting the troops who serve our country.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, we shipped 1,545 high quality care packages,. As of the end of 2018, we had shipped over 75,400 pounds of food and hygiene items.

Geographic areas served: Just Our Soldiers' Helpers or J.O.S.H. is a volunteer led and operated nonprofit organization located in Lake Mary, FL. We support US Service Members from all branches of the military who are deployed from all over the United States.

Programs: We support our troops by preparing and shipping care packages consisting of snacks or full size 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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Teresa McGlone P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed this Non-profit for years.
The best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure to be a part of such a positive entity that give of themselves. JOSH has boosted the moral of our Military and the Families alike. The volunteers get great rewards by packing the boxes too. God Bless all who support causes such as this one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JOSH is a pleasure to have benefits for and to attend other events that support them as well. Kathy pours her Heart out to try and help as many troops as she can. She tries to reach the ones that are in the most need with limited access to a PX.

Thresa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You see the joy that the soldiers have when they receive there box from J. O. S.H

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I’ve seen firsthand how this nonprofit has helped so many soldiers and families in support of their devoted soldiers. They are truly leading with heart to help provide to our boots on the ground defending and protecting our country. I’m proud to support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with JOSH since the beginning and it is a great organization. Kathy, the founder, is a fantastic person who gives her all to support our troops. I don’t know of any organization that gives more and supports our Troops

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being a volunteer with J.O.S.H. for the past year. My husband and I have donated both our time and money to help support the Mission of the organization . JOSH supports those service members deployed in remote locations without access to a BX or PX to purchase basic hygiene items. The items that are packed to send are all bought with money raised by fundraising and monetary donations. The founder is one of the most humble and caring people I have ever met. If you are looking for a non profit to help or donate to, I highly recommend J.O.S.H. (Just Our Soldiers Helpers).

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the true benefit of JOSH to so many deployed service members. JOSH personifies real people showing true appreciation to deployed service members through much needed care packages. Well done and keep up the good work!!

Bonnie86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for about 5 years. Led with heart and a love of our military. Organized and fiscally responsible. All board members and supporters are volunteers. Troops are provided care packages with high quality full size snack boxes and hygiene boxes. I really enjoy my time with this group and serving our troops overseas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported and volunteered with J O S H for over 4years because of the love and devotion that Kathy and her entire family have for our troops. Sometimes J O S H has run on faith, hope and Kathy’s heart. Many times only on a thin shoe string. My all time favorite 501(3)c.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with JOSH for the last 18 months or so. It is a small organization so it is easy to get involved. By sending quality hygiene and food packages to troops without access to a PX, I hope to make their deployment a little easier and let them know they are not forgotten. The thank you letters from the service members show how much they appreciate the packages.

Paula97

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I have worked as a volunteer with, and donated to, this fine organization. What started as an act of love to send packages to Kathy's nephew, Josh, when he was deployed, and has just grown tremendously since then to be a souce of joy and love to many, many of our brave men and women deployed overseas. All you have to do is read a sample of the letters that come from the recipients to know how very much it means to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is the real deal. The founder, Kathy Stone Hewitt, is the most dedicated, hard working woman I know, and all for her love of giving back to our military fighting overseas. She manages great feats with her own money, donations, and an army of volunteers. They provide a little bit of home to the soldiers with care packages. More importantly, to give them the reassurance that their dedication and sacrifices are very much appreciated and they are not forgotten.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kathy and her team at JOSH has done an exceptional job supporting all deployed military services members worldwide with care package items. The items Kathy and her team provide are generous in quality and quantity. These packages give us-- military service members- 1st world comforts of home and remind us people are continuing to think about our service and our sacrifice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the premier charities sending care packages to deployed service members here in Afghanistan. The packages actually contain items that are useful and well chosen. They fill a void that the PX cannot fill due to lack of stock. Comments from service members are always positive when they receive J.O.S.H care packages. J.O.S.H brings joy to this very austere and frequently depressing environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These items help increase the morale. Occasionally there will be someone who needs specific items such as deodorant or body wash etc. and they are available! I always make sure to grab snacks that the rest of the individuals will enjoy. The favorites are snacks with more protein such as nuts, and also chocolate. People are always making coffee as well so it is nice to see coffee available! I always make sure to check and get things that I know will make people happy!
Thank you for all of the donations! They are greatly appreciated!

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Kathy Hewitt is the person who created JOSH. This is an amazing organization that provides notes and care packages to those in the military. Kathy works tirelessly doing fundraising and making contacts to mail the packages. I love sending goodies to the females.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JOSH fills a need that many people don't recognize exists. Deployed military personnel are often under tremendous stress. JOSH provides them items that help bring about some normalcy in a decidedly non-normal situation. They provide things we often take for granted in our normal nine to five lives, shampoo, deodorant, soap, candies, magazines, etc. These are the types of things not necessarily provided but are essential. The items themselves are really appreciated by the individuals that receive them. As a retired vet with multiple deployments in my career I understand the void they fill. I am so happy that JOSH is around and so happy to help them in their mission.