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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 55,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Horn of Africa, and many other locations where our troops have limited or no access to a PX.

Target demographics: Support US troops who are deployed to combat zones.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1,500 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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just Our Soldiers Helpers (J.O.S.H) is an amazing organization and one that I will continue to sing praises and support long after I leave my deployed location. Many of the locations within Afghanistan were drawing down due to the transition to our Afghanistan counterparts. This drawdown came at a cost to some of the smaller locations and airlift along with basic supplies became scarce. I reached out to the J.O.S.H. team and within days we had received soap, laundry supplies, razors, shampoo, deodorant (thank goodness) and snacks that put smiles on many of our service members faces. The fact of the matter is that for a while the only supplies that we had received were in the form of the care packages sent by Kathy and her team of volunteers. I can not tell you how blessed and humbled we are to receive the overwhelming support that we received from J.O.S.H. As an deployed veteran (14th deployment) it always amazes me how much people care and give to support the troops. The generosity and compassion of complete strangers is a daily reminder of why we are here and what we fight for. Thank you for your continued support, your generosity and your unwavering service to our nation.

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JOSHSupport Thank you so very much for your beautiful review. It is truly our honor to support you and the service members who are with you. Thank you for your service to our country! Please know that we appreciate what you do more than you can ever know.

1 Bonnie86

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Where to begin - I have been supporting JOSH on and off for about 4 years. It is one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have been blessed to be associated with. Kathy and Dennis are fine, caring people who put their hearts and souls along with love into each box packed and shipped. What this organization does touches so many.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. started out of the home of Kathy Hewitt. She started out by just sending care packages to her nephew and then realized there was a huge need to help other servicemen and women in remote areas who did not have access to simple snacks and everyday needs. This is truly a labor of love for Kathy...selfishly and endlessly thinking how else she can help out. Monies donated go directly to those care packages, and not a penny is ever wasted. Kathy works pure magic with the purchases and packaging. If you are looking for a nonprofit to donate time, money or goods...with J.O.S.H. you will never regret it. Matter of fact, you'll be tempted to help out more often and spread the word to others. It is such an honor to be one of Kathy's volunteer army!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JOSH is such a well thought out vessel of Love towards our troops who have little or no access to simple comforts of life . I have seen the commitment in J.O.S.H.'s founders and volunteers.
The contents of packages shipped to far away places where a BX or canteen are not accessible. These boxes are crammed full of the highest quality in Hygiene products Making these military men and woman feel human while they are in the field fighting for our freedom. The other packages with great edibles are so appreciated by these troops as I have seen many grateful e-mails of appreciation. Many times there are special requests for simple things like board games, DVD's or air freshener. Simple things to you or me but so longed for by our deployed. This home grown charity really deserves national attention and deserves your attention.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have participated in JOSH packing parties and look forward to many more. It is with pride that we fill those boxes just as full as we can . Just our Soldiers Helpers, J.O.S.H. is a great non profit that your donation will pay it forward for our military who are deployed in very remote areas. They are protecting all citizens of these great United States. These boxes are filled with Love, high quality snack foods and top shelf hygiene products that greatly boost moral of our troops. Their letters send thanks and appreciation for not being forgotten.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best organization supporting the military. A big thumbs up and thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just Our Soldiers Helpers is an amazing organization. Kathy puts her heart and soul into remembering our soldiers while deployed. Her letters and pics from those soldiers makes her long work days and nights, worthwhile.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of supporting this organization since 2014. One of the best charities to help active duty soldiers needing love and support from home. Just Our Soldiers Helpers is a truly giving charity that is what giving is all about. Thank you J.O.S.H. for allowing all Americans to contribute towards sending love and care packages to our soldiers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We just received 2 boxes of care packages today and really appreciate it!! BIG SMILES OVER HERE! : )

We are a small location that does not have and get a lot of amenities like the other bigger bases.
Just know that we will definitely enjoy all the good stuff that was packed in here with some of the items donated by Ms. Tolbert and Ms. Dukette's 7th grade students at Creekside Middle School and employees from Liberty Mutual Insurance in Lake Mary, FL. ... BIG THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!!

It feels like a holiday over here whenever we get love and attention from all of you good folks back home!
You are amazing and thank you all for your enduring support!!
-Camp Stevenson Military Service Member

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JOSHSupport 09/17/2017

Thank you very much for your wonderful review! It is our honor to support you. Thank you for serving our country! We hope our care packages remind you that folks back home appreciate all you do for us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization many times over the past four years. The items they ship exceeded my expectations . I thought they would be shipping things they could pick up at the dollar store or hotel samples. When I mentioned this to the founder, she said she would not ship anything to our troops that she and her family would not use themselves. I have watched the organization grow, but they are still committed to shipping only the best care packages they can possible send.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. is amazing! I am currently deployed with a relatively small CSH and we received great care packages with items specifically geared toward women soldiers. I and the many other ladies in my unit definitely appreciated the high quality packages and feminine products that can be difficult to come by while deployed. The hand written notes and letters of support included definitely make the time away from home that much easier. We thank you for all your support for the troops!! You all ROCK!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JOSH is such a wonderful organization! Kathy Hewitt puts her blood sweat and tears into packing each and every box that gets sent out to our service men and women!

1 Magi A.

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.

1 AMGilbert

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been financial supporters of J.O.S.H. since day one. So very proud of all they do to support our troops. Kathy Hewitt, the organizer, shows so much compassion for all the deployed troops and the volunteers are priceless. They sent care packages to my nephew while he was deployed and they were very much appreciated. They stand behind our troops!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to this wonderful organization since it first originated. They send a little bit of home to our deployed soldiers who are stationed in the remote areas. They bring joy, support, and encouragement to our brave service men and women when they need it the most. To see the smiles in the pictures and read their thank you emails make us realize our donations to J.O.S.H. are priceless. We will continue to support J.O.S.H. in their efforts until all our soldiers are back home.

1 Mary406

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with and donated to this worthwhile organization. It is so important that our men and women fighting overseas are appreciated and reminded that those at home appreciate their sacrifice. J.O.S.H. is an organization that does just that.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The heartfelt thanks from our soldiers about the "piece of home" with the care products J.O.S.H. provides is so rewarding. Kathy and her team of volunteers definitely are a moral booster for the men and women who are so far away.

1 Belinda K.

Donor

Rating: 5

JOSH has supported my son through three deployments in the past six years. JOSH is a very important organization that provides support and encouragement to soldiers deployed all over the world. I can't thank them enough for everything they do!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JOSH, is an organization that has supported my son & his troops during two deployments with many, many care packages...JOSH is an amazing organization that I'm proud to be a part of.

2 Jennifer540

Donor

Rating: 5

I've came to know J.O.S.H. almost by accident but trust me, it's been anything but an accident. I am happy to be able to help such a wonderful organization that selflessly gives so much to so many they will never meet, all so those serving our country know they are special and not forgotten. For many service members who receive packages it is the only mail they get, they may be lonely and they may be feeling depressed. These care packages help change all that.

J.O.S.H. has made a huge difference in many lives,
Including people close to me. As a military mom, I am feel grateful to know there are people who care so much about people (like my sons, nephew, etc...) and want to bring some joy to their lives in some of the most challenging times of their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to be familiar with JOSH when my nephew went to "the sandbox". Not only was I able to get him added to the list but Kathy took the time to find out his interests so she could try to tailor his box to what would really make him feel special and remembered. Many times these packages are all that keeps put deployed service members going. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

1 Alison50

Donor

Rating: 5

I have read some of the letters that Kathy receives from our Soldiers. I am humbled by those thanks to J.O.S.H. Kathy pours her heart, sweat, and tears into this movement and has touched so many people during her endeavors. I couldn't think of a better way to give back than to give to those who give so much more.

ScottAriotti

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated both my money and my time to support this fantastic organization. As a friend of the founder, the father of a service member, and supporter of our troops, I wholeheartedly approve of this organization.

Kathy pours her heart and soul into this operation and it's contagious to all of those who get involved. Hundreds of service members a year benefit by the work this organization does with a lot of self-sacrifice by the founder that runs it.

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JOSHSupport 09/17/2017

Scott, you and your family have been a blessing to J.O.S.H. and we so greatly appreciate your son's service to our country. Saying thank you for the many hours you contribute to this cause does not seem nearly enough, but thank you!! We appreciate you more than words can ever express.