Board Of Directors
Founder - Jack Parker
President - Richard Olson
Vice President - Brian Parker
Treasurer- Fred Ferrara
Recording Secretary - Kathryn Gagliard
Director - Paul Smith
Logo designed by Melissa Barrett
Eagle Scout Dominick Brusca, Troop 93 Franklin Square.Created over 1000 American Flag Packets for our troops to carry with them as a symbol of patriotism and allegiance to America, and also collected goods and cash to ship the goods to our troops.
Adopt-a-Battalion was created in 2004 by Pat & Jack Parker at the suggestion of their son, Lt. Col Tim Parker, USMC as a result of Tim’s finding that many of the soldiers he was fighting alongside of were not getting so much as a card from home. The Parkers felt that with the sacrifices that our servicemen and women were making to defend our freedoms the least they could do was make sure that the troops were receiving something from home.
The troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are in the desert and do not have access to a PX (store), shower or other basic conveniences we take for granted here at home. The Parkers decided to begin putting together care packages filled with personal hygiene items such as baby wipes which serve as showers for our troops, toothbrushes/toothpaste so they can brush their teeth daily and sunscreen to prevent sunburn. They included books and magazines as well as stationary so the troops had a way to pass down time and write to their families. Snacks such as granola bars, peanut butter, coffee singles and Crystal Lite to help keep up their energy also went into the care packages.
Besides sending the ‘little’ things that our troops can’t easily get themselves the Parkers made sure to include cards and letters thanking the troops for their service and sacrifice and letting them know that folks here at home were thinking of them and wishing them well.
This home grown effort has evolved since 2004, made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus Council #6911, and in 2009 became a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has:
• Shipped over 40 tons of goods valued in excess of $500,000
• Sent approximately 22,000 letters and cards from school children
BOXES SHIPPED AS OF 8-29-17
We Take Care Of The Active Duty Soldier While The 11th New York Regiment Takes Care Of Our Deceased Veterans Please Support Them
WE NEED TO DO BETTER PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF 2000 BOXES.
Our founder Jack Parker passed away on Sept 11, 2015 his son Brian Parker continues as vice president in this great organization. Jack left a legacy of caring and compassion for our military men and women serving our country which continues to grow each year. We hope that you will join us in honoring these brave soldiers as they continue to serve and protect our country.
Richard Olson President
Our original website was designed and built by Joe Licato and Jackie Geis of Jay & Jay Websites
Our new website has been developed by Richard Olson of Adopt A Battalion
Become A Volunteer
Volunteer Collection Site: Our volunteers sort, pack, and ship items to send to the troops. Feel free to drop off donations in person or to just have a cup of coffee and help out.
Where: Our Lady of the Island Knight of Columbus Council: 2 East Gate Road / Massapequa Park
When: Saturdays 9am – 11:30am
Base Of Operations
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Call Us: +1.516359937157
THIS SITE UP DATED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
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Volunteers needed to help with packing and shipping donations. We are also looking for men and woman who want to make a difference in their lives. Who want to become a part of our organization. Who have the time to be with us EVERY Saturday morning between 8:30 and 11:30 . You will be doing this not only for yourself but for the men and women who are serving us over seas. The pay stinks but the rewards lie in knowing you are making a difference in the lives of the soldiers fighting for our country. Interestred in making a difference contact us by phone or e mail Richard @516-359-9371 or AdptBattalion@aol.com or come down any Saturday and
talk with either Brian our V.P. or Richard President.
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