I'm a teacher and for a class community service project we collect items to send to soldiers. We have also had "packing parties" (otherwise known as the night we pack boxes!) For the last three years we have been able to help JOSH send a few hundred care packages! Kathy Hewitt (founder) gave us guidelines and made it easy to work with her to accomplish so much for those deployed. I plan on continuing each semester to work with her and her organization. JOSH has given my students a window to the world and the encouragement to think beyond themselves. It also has helped us to express appreciation to those who put themselves on the line for our freedoms.
J.O.S.H. is first and foremost one of the best nonprofit organization out there who offer love and support to our deployed military men & women. For those who are unfamiliar with deployment, imagine this if u will...minimum 3-6 months away from your home, family, children, spouse/partner...not to mention the LUXURIES of modern society; hot meals, cold drinks, restrooms, showers, restaurants and the cushy warmth of your bed at night...these are sometimes nonexistent for our soldiers. In the some of the words made famous by Jack Nicholson. . .Everyone in America who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom they provide should offer themselves to help out and J.O.S.H has taken that challenge and has our 'SIX'. With that said, I commend J.O.S.H. for their diligence and hard work they provide to our soldiers. U are heroes and as a Veteran am very proud of your efforts. Kudos...
My son was recently deployed to Afghanistan and JOSH was there for his unit. The soldiers received packages from this group of volunteers that had never met these soldiers. This is a group of true Americans trying to make life away from home better for our brave men and women in uniform. I plan on signing up to volunteer with them myself.
One of my dear friends is dating a soldier that just returned from deployment (Brian Pilarski). She was telling me that Brian was telling her how supportive and helpful this organization was to not only him personally, but the entire group of soldiers!! He told her how genuine their love and care was and how appreciative all the soldiers were. What a huge difference it can make having the support and love they were able to give!! THANK YOU!!!
As the child of a veteran who has suffered for many years with PTSD because of his service in Vietnam and the pathetic way he was welcomed home after the war, I know the impact that not having support at home can have on our soldiers. JOSH and its founder, Kathy, support the soldiers with tangible items and, most importantly, the intangible lines of love sent from home.
This organization happened because one person wanted to take care of her nephew while he was deployed overseas...Since then, it has blossomed into an organization that takes care of everyone deployed overseas... Started with the greatest intentions and blossomed into an organization that now helps every, single soldier that they can....The organizer is so truly humble....It took time for her to realize that what she was trying to do was bigger than her, and bigger than her budget...but she still did it...and she still does it....this is an organization and a program that everyone can and should support....
I have personally seen the good and have been told by many just how important and helpful Just Our Soldiers Helpers have been to our troops. I can't say enough about the founders and volunteers that put the amount of time and effort in they do to put a smile on the face and a little humanity back into some of or nations hero's. If the scale went to 10, I'd give them 10 stars!
This is one of the best organizations. The founder, Kathy, takes nothing from J.O.S.H. Every penny goes to providing personal hygiene items, snack foods, books and magazines to military personal who are serving away from their families. Kathy and her volunteers are true Patriots.
J.O.S.H. is a great organization. I am with the Florida National Guard 1-265th ADA currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of operations there. During our deployment J.O.S.H. has sent numerous care packages to members of our unit. Although we are on an Airbase with amenities and PX facilities there were times when they ran out of everything from basic food and drinks to hygiene items for weeks if not longer. The care packages provided us with snacks to break up the monotony of the redundant chow hall food. Aside from that just getting packages is a real morale boost when you are away from home and the conveniences we are used to. Kathy is wonderful. I maintained contact with her all the time whether it be her asking if we needed anything in particular, or just to chat about things in general. She is very passionate and a wonderful person. J.O.S.H. is a wonderful and worthwhile cause. I plan on volunteering once I return home.
Spc. Brian Pilarski
C Battery 1-265th ADA
We have been involved with JOSH for a few years now- and have always been overwhelmed with the heartfelt dedication Kathy and her family have for our troops. We've been happy to donate our time as well as our money and/or items to this organization, because we know ALL of it is going to a great cause. If you are looking for a good organization to donate to, I can't recommend JOSH enough. You can rest assure that your donation will be treated with gratitude, and will be sent with love directly to those who need it most.
I came across the J.O.S.H organization when I was doing volunteer work for another non-profit. After looking into it further I was able to meet the Chairman, because she was also helping with the same non-profit I was volunteering for. I have the upmost respect and admiration for the chairman. I haven't found that many people that have as much integrity as she does.
This is one nonprofit that I can say is truly done from the heart! The family (Kathy) that organizes all of it and started it is honest, kind and wonderful. Every single dollar or donation will go to the right place! Please consider donating to JOSH, it's a wonderful cause
I have been involved with JOSH since 2012. I'm a retired law enforcement officer and a US Army veteran. I am the founder of a non-profit Motorcycle club that supports the causes of active and retired military and emergency first responders. Our club chose to support JOSH and holds an annual fundraiser. JOSH is a wonderful organization. The founder of JOSH is passionate, committed and dedicated to the cause. Her sometimes daily updates from the field as provided by the military members she has shipped "care" packages to are a testament to her devotion to our troops abroad. I could not be more proud to be associated with this organization.
I am a local school teacher. For several years my class has made Christmas cards and donations for JOSH. They are a wonderful organization doing great work!
This is a great charity she makes sure that the boxes are packed with alot of good food! And also boxes with shampoos and lotions for them in separate boxes and other things they need
I have 2 sons in Afghanistan and Kathy has sent not only them, but some roommates goody boxes that are full of "the good stuff" as my one son told me. He said the men get all excited when they see Kathy's boxes arrive. I know that she and Dennis realize the good they are doing - it boosts morale which is badly needed as a lot of these soldiers have never been away from home before and get so homesick and lonely. Anything from home means so much to them. I thank Kathy and Dennis from the bottom of my heart for all they continue to do for the men and women overseas serving their country away from family and friends. You guys are the best.
Just Our Soldiers Helpers started with meek beginnings, but through the persistence and love of Kathy...it has grown and grown. Her endless care and dedication to our soldiers is nothing less than amazing. What JOSH does for our soldiers is selfless and admirable. I know that my time and donations are going where they need to go...to our heroes overseas! Whenever anyone asks about a charity to donate to, this is the one I brag about...without it, many soldiers would go without and feel abandoned by the country they are fighting to protect. JOSH is everything and more! Thank you Kathy for your selfless dedication to our armed forces and your persistence in finding those soldiers in need. You and your organization are nothing short of phenomenal!