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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While serving at my last Command stateside, I was fortunate enough to meet Kathy and participate in a couple of her fundraisers. It was extremely organized and everything she and the crew did was to honor and serve our nation’s military stationed abroad. In addition, a very close shipmate of mine was deployed to Djibouti where the comforts of home we are used to in the US are scarce. I contacted Kathy and provided the info to the Unit so she could send boxes of needed items to the personnel stationed there. When we received word and pictures of the care package arrivals, it was the best feeling I’ve ever had to hear from fellow service personnel and how JOSH helped to close the distance and remind them they are always in our hearts. Kathy works tirelessly to ensure everyone she is able to gets care packages. They are filled with the best things and are easily shared amongst the personnel; nothing is put to waste. This organization has a true mission to keep the morale of the troops as high as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a wife of a 20 year veteran I know how important this organization is. Not only have I personally donated, I have packed boxes and volunteered on numerous occasions. The time and effort that Kathy and her family have given to JOSH is amazing and a true blessing for our armed forces.

2 Denise C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to J.O.S.H. since 2011. My husband is a Navy retiree so this cause tugged at my heartstrings.
I had no idea at the beginning that Kathy Hewitt was financing the majority of the shipments out of her own pocket.
This organization is top notch. Only high quality hygiene and food items are shipped. Kathy is the driving force behind this organization and she continuously gives with all of her heart and soul.
I am proud to contribute to this honorable organization. God Bless J.O.S.H!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is such a joy to work with Kathy and all of the other packing care packages and seeing smiles on the troops faces! The thank you notes and fabulous photos make all the effort worthwhile. Kathy has given us a way to give back through J.O.S.H.

1 Belinda K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. is a wonderful assets for deployed soldiers. J.O.S.H. has supported my son through three deployments. JOSH works tirelessly to provide comfort and support to our soldiers. I appreciate everything they do to make my son and other soldiers deployments a little more bearable! Thank you isn’t nearly enough!

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one charity I have no problem donating to, they are an honest and ethical charity that truly cares about the soldiers they help. We as Americans need to help these soldiers survive being deployed by helping support them by giving to J.O.S.H. Thank you J.O.S.H. for caring for our soldiers.

1 Jennifer540

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, husbands, wives, etc...are far from home without basic necessities it can be extremely lonely. It takes a toll on a person for sure. J.O.S.H. more than helps fill that void. Packages were sent to my nephew when he was in the “sandbox”. Imagine not only getting mail but inside that box is shampoo, shaving cream and dry socks. This organization goes to great lengths to help preserve ones mental state and to remind those serving our country that we appreciate them, that we remember them and most importantly that we care. I don’t want to imagine a day without J.O.S.H.

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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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1 Cindy W.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. has been an unbelievable gift to 174 Marines on deployment since 9/11/2017. This deployment took all families of these 174 by surprise in as much as they had 30 days notice and were gone. We as families were not provided an address until 4 days after they deployed. I reached out to Kathy Hewitt and J.O.S.H. because of her Mission Statement fit not only my son but the others deployed. They are in a remote area, and have zero access to anything. These Marines had about a 30 day supply of things with them and on Sept 20, 2017 I was confident that I had made an excellent choice in dealing with J.O.S.H. Our guys have appreciated the boxes that they had gotten since. J.O.S.H. started sending parcels of much needed things like hygiene products and snicky snacks. Our Marine said because they had not had access to showers, many took showers with uniforms on and used the body wash products to be able to wash there uniforms. (betcha didn't see that coming)

Many of these 174 did not have family or friends when deployed because it happened so quickly and the timing and travel was cost prohibitive. My husband and I gave out as many hugs and handshakes as we could. It was nice to come home and find J.O.S.H on the internet and actually have such a wonderful response. Our son said most now know Kathy Hewitt by name as well as J.O.S.H.

At some point I will be able to provide images however because of the lack of communications and availability to technology I don't have any at this time...........J.O.S.H. and its TEAM are wonderful. Thank you so very much in helping us help our Marines.

Hugs to you all..............with love MoM..........

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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 10/14/2017

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.

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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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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 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 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that works hard to support our troops oversees! The packages sent to the troops are packed with great items that they really need! The volunteers work hard to ensure that every person nominated to receive a care package do so timely and with great attention to detail! Way to go, Kathy and JOSH! Keep up the good work! We really need this charity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering with Kathy's organization for the past few years. This organization is "making a difference" in the lives of our troops who are stationed throughout the world. Her dedication, loyalty and love for them are of the most sincere caliber I've witnessed. Great job JUST OUR SOLDIERS HELPERS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

J.O.S.H. is an excellent non-profit that truly keeps the charity with the soldiers. It's a wonderful organization led by a devoted, charitable lady that started this after she sent items to her nephew that was deployed. It has now become an amazing organization - much thought goes into each package and what get sent overseas.

chanceupdate

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to support J.O.S.H. for the past few years and can't say enough about the love and generosity of the founder, her family and friends. I am always happy to donate my time and efforts at the packing parties because I know how much it means for our troops to receive care packages when they are so far away from home.
Thank you Kathy for giving us an opportunity to share our thanks!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kathy is a true blessing to our soldiers and really goes above and beyond to serve. I have enjoyed helping to pack care packages and know that those who receive them can't say enough about how special it is to receive the well wishes from home.
You won't find a better organization to support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very honored to be able to volunteer with J.O.S.H. I have found a way to really "support our military". They are fighting to protect our freedom. I am so thankful to them.

Nicole185

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a military mom of a Marine and Sailor, I cannot say enough about how great this organization is to the military community. Our troops often do not have basic hygiene items. J.O.S.H is there to send those items and food to our troops. I will continue to volunteer and support this cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization shipped countless amounts of care packages to myself and my troops while I was deployed to a remote combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2011. Kathy, the founder of J.O.S.H., always made sure my soldiers had everything they needed and was always asking what else she could do, or what other items she could send. She is running such a wonderful, well-organized, professional, yet kind, loving, and caring organization. Thank you Kathy and J.O.S.H!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. (J.O.S.H.) was instrumental in helping my Troops last year; by shipping hundreds of pounds of CARE PAX to us at our remote Camp on the Horn of Africa. Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman & Marine stationed at this Joint Operations Base benefited from these shipments. This organization truly APPRECIATES our service men & women around the globe; choosing to lift our morale with kindness. My THNX to Kathy Hewitt & her crew!!! Senior Chief Jermyn, US Navy Seabees / 7th Regiment

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The leadership team is a force to be reckoned with! Such a great cause with great people at the heart of it.

2 Felix R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was able to donate a batch of video games to our soldiers overseas through JOSH. After the donation, I received many personal emails from our soldiers and officers thanking me for the donation and letting me know what an impact I made. An unexpected bonus! Working with JOSH was very easy and professional. JOSH went out of their way to pick up my donations.

1 Flavio U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the first time since I have been living in America, I had the experience of packing supplies for our soldiers. It was an amazing experience to see all those boxes full of supplies that feel ordinary for us but are so special for our heroes. J.O.S.H is an amazing non-profit!!!!

1 Shannon122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Kathy Hewitt, JOSH Founder, at an awards luncheon in 2013. We were both receiving awards that day. When Kathy told the "JOSH Story" I was deeply touched by the positive impact the organization has on deployed services members as well as her personal dedication to our veterans. I partnered with Kathy and JOSH to host a number of fundraisers and care package packing events at Seminole State College of Florida. 100% of all funds, resources, and efforts go directly to support the deployed veterans. This is one of the most honest, caring, and dedicated group of human beings I have met to date. My support continues...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a package every month the entire time I was deployed. Everything was of use and I was happy to get the little snacks. Thanks for he packages and keep doing what you're doing.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just Our Soldiers Helpers (J.O.S.H.) is an amazing nonprofit organization that was started out of one amazing lady's desire and passion to help our nation's true heroes, the men and women who fight overseas for our freedom. Kathy, the founder, began this organization when she realized that many of our service men and women don't receive any care packages, or any of the personal care items that they need while deployed. This organization has shipped countless amounts of packages to our brave men and women since the year 2011. J.O.S.H. shipped to my husband, and many of his brothers in arms while they were deployed to Afghanistan in a remote combat outpost. Kathy truly has a big heart and she gives so much to make this organization great! She works so hard and is so selfless, giving so much of her time and even her own money to make this organization a success. J.O.S.H. ships care packages to all branches of the US military and has dreams of growing so they can do even more for our military men and women. This organization is one of the best nonprofits I have ever encountered!