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Summit Supports Our Troops

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To honor the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the United States armed forces, wherever they're from, wherever they serve, in war and in peace.

Geographic areas served: North and Central Jersey, national

Programs: The bonds of courage supports 9/11 troops, veterans and their families to build morale and to meet their urgent needs. Provides care packages and letters to active troops, homeless veterans and residents of the local veterans memorial home. Also provides a network of support for career mentoring and professional assessments.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two step children that have been in the Navy for 6+ years. Summit Supports Our Troops has been great to them and very nice for us as a family as well. My step children received care packages, savings bonds, letters and photos from chldren/students in town, feild passes to a Jets game, and much more. My step daughter even had a personal visit from Chris Truhe during one of her cruises! This organization really brings a piece of home directly to our children and truely makes them feel valued and important within the community.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

This exceptional organization reminds us daily of the importance of remembering and honoring the men and women who serve in our armed forces. With their help, the soldiers receive reminders of how appreciative we are for all that they do each day to preserve freedoms everywhere. Each year when my fourth grade class decides what special charity or nonprofit they want to raise money for, SSOT is among the top choices. They are actively involved in our community, reaching out to remind us of the importance of their important mission.

4

Donor

Rating: 4

what is remarkable about this organization is its enthusiastic commitment has continued for so long. They are a constant reminder of our service men and women overseas.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I became involved in S.S.O.T. after my son joined the Marine Corp. It warmed my heart the first time I volunteered for a packing to see so many people, unrelated, of all ages, many of whom did not have a family member currently serving our Country. The emotions I felt that day through watching members of my community joyfully turn a good deed toward young people like my son, who have given so fully to their Country; cemented my commitment in supporting this organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year, my 5th grade Girl Scout troop wanted to collect DVDs and CDs to send to the U.S. Troops. When we turned to Summit Supports Our Troops for assistance, they jumped in wholeheartedly to help us. Not only did they supply us with collection kiosks, but they came to pick up the collection and sent them to the deserving U.S. troops! In addition, for a few years now, SSOT has given all the Girl Scout Troops in Summit a way to send the hundreds of GS Cookie boxes the scouts have solicited for the U.S. Troops during the cookie selling season! Just think how special it must be for all those soldiers to receive and enjoy a "taste of home"!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I along with my church youth group have worked with Summit Supports Our Troops for the past several years. Specifically, we have helped with packing for "Take our Troops to the Movies." This is a fabulous organization where every little bit of help is appreciated. The kids and I always feel great after having worked with SSOT and helping our troops.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our son's good friend is a Marine that has served in Iraq twice and is currently in Afganistan. He has told us how greatful he is for the letters of support and the food care packages.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization helping a lot of men and women who proudly serve our country with big plans to help many more people in the future. I am very proud to be affiliated with this organization.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization provides a very direct connection between the donor and the recipient. It is also very active in our community and engaged in spreading the message of support for troops as human beings and neighbors, regardless of political persuasion. I am delighted to be a small part of such a worthwhile endeavor. I believe the organization deserves recognition for putting people first, for uniting neighbors, for putting a face in front of the message of solidarity for our troops.

9

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization!!! Every community should have a group that "Supports Our Troops". It is a tribute to the volunteers and the community of Summit to show our troops that we care and keep them in our hearts and prayers.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SSOT is the only organization in our area (that I know of) that is directly supporting our troops overseas. Sending care packages and raising awareness in our community of the fact that we have men and women in harm's way in far off places who want to hear from us is a vital part of this organization's charter. Having read some of the many letters received by SSOT from the troops that have gotten care packages from them, I realize what a wonderful service this small organization is performing.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was on combat duty as a combat infantrymen in the Korean War, this type of support was not available. The only thing we had was the USO and the Red Cross. The impact of this organization is appreciated in a very special and different way by us veterans. We know what it is like to be forgotten. I have directly observed the service that Summit Supports Our Troops provides to our troops. I am the father of one of the soldiers who continues to receive support, after serving 2 tours in Iraq, and now as a veteran and a National Guardsman. He told me that he and his buddies went wild from the over the top generosity of these volunteers, donors, and many communities who have gotten involved with this effort. It started with "one soldier, one family, and one community" and has touched people across the country.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the priviledge to work with Chris and some of her amazing staff. What has been sent to our servicemen overseas reflects on their hard work and and the support of the entire Summit community.I wear my baseball hat where ever I go.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

Chris and her team have brought awareness to the needs of our soldiers. She has made contributing to SSOT an easy way to feel that an individual can help and make a direct difference. God bless her!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very impresssed with Summit Supports Our Troops efforts to 1) support troops serving overseas -- e.g. send them food or toiletries (or school supplies for e.g. Iraqi school children) and 2) educate the public (including school children in our country)about our troops.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best thing about SSOT is that they enable other local nonprofits to directly impact the soldiers. I've worked with them through the girl scouts -- our 2nd grade troop got back a signed photo from an air craft carrier that really inspired them. They do a great job!

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

Summit Supports Our Troops came into our lives when our son-in-law married our daughter. At the time, he was a career Marine. He since has retired. When he was deployed to Qatar as an aviator, he began receiving packages from SSOT. Being a North Dakota boy, he had no idea where these wonderful packages were coming from until he told his wife about them. She laughed and said they are from her hometown. He was shocked that our daughter’s hometown would send him and his squadron such needed and appreciated boxes of goodies. Sine then, I have become active in the organization and truly believe in its mission. Dr. Chris Truhe is a tireless leader who is devoted to this group. She has been an inspiration to so many of us troop parents, community organizations, scout troops, and the town of Summit. She makes our local sons and daughters so proud of their hometown. It is with deep gratitude that we continue to support this organization. Sandra and Art Williams

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my pleasure to work with this organization last Memorial Day. The elementary schools in Summit attend a Memorial Day celebration. Last year we decided in addition to honoring veterans, we would also like to do something for those currently serving. SSOT gave us the opportunity. A list of most needed items was circulated to the 5 elementary schools. The children were to bring their contributions to the outdoor program along with a card and/or letter. The response was overwhelming. We had a 6 X 8 ft. trailer to collect the items... it was overflowing!!! It was a wonderful way for the children and the community to get involved... to DO SOMETHING to help those who are serving us! Dr. Chris Truhe was a tremendous help and resource, she made it possible. SSOT gives the 'ordinary citizen' a chance to thank those keeping us safe. It is an excellent way to let our children connect with those serving us.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization's reach and positive impact have gone far beyond its birthplace--Summit, NJ. Its leaders--especially its founder, Dr. Christine Truhe--understand deeply the growing needs of troops, vets and their families gathered through personal contact and increasing involvement with state and national organizations. Dr. Truhe receives countless messages of appreciation every day, through which she has learned that some needs of troops and families are deeper and more personal than current efforts can meet.   Therefore, its leadership is now acting on a commitment to move from a morale-building to a direct personal service model based on national information and research. Very shortly, it will become the leading community and state advocate for post-9/11 troops, veterans, and families to open access to all the services they need, and have most definitely earned, so they may build healthy lives, families, communities and nation.

7

Former staff

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that supports our Troops. The heartfelt thank you notes and letters that have been received from the 95+ Troops who are supported, and the 12,000+ in their units are phenominal. The fact that total strangers are providing items to these brave men and women has made a huge difference to many of them. The outpouring of support from the community, and those surrounding communities, has been astonishing as well. From sending basic necessities such as toiletries, to "movie-night packs", to headlamps so the Troops can perform duties when there is no lighting, to any request from a Troop, the support never ends. This is all possible due to the unending commitment of the founder and president of the organization, Dr. Christine Truhe; a military mother herself. Her commitment to these greatly needed services to the Troops, along with the personal relationships she attends to and nurtures with the individual Troops has made a huge difference in moral and her commitment does not stop there. Not only does she attend to the Troops, but also to their stateside families as well. All of this has reminded Troops of how truly appreciative the folks back home are and enforces that they will not be forgotten. Dr. Truhe contiues to provide whatever support these men and women need when they return home and begin their civilian lives, a critical and important function of Summit Supports Our Troops.