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Sundays Pack Out!.. What Outstanding Support!.. Thank You!

Feb 03, 16 Sundays Pack Out!.. What Outstanding Support!.. Thank You!

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Thank You All for an Amazing Day Sunday at the PACK OUT. A great example of the community coming together, getting involved and working together to accomplish a mission in Troop Support. Over 1300 people attended the event yesterday which the doors opened at 2 pm and already had 800 people in the Emporium before the ceremony at 3 pm. We didn’t get a total weight count on donated supplies yet, but the amount of packed boxes was guesstimated at 2700, two trailers were loaded up at 9 pm and they were delivered to the Holbrook Post Office, where USPS employees are already working on the drop to get those packages to the Troops. The amount of donated supplies was such an overwhelming amount that we had to call in for reinforcements and have a tractor trailer show up at 7pm and load what wasn’t going to get packed inside the event and transport the supplies to the VAC. Due to the amazing amount of support this Pack-Out we will have a second phase on Saturday at the VAC starting at 11 AM and go to about 5pm. We could possibly hit 4500 boxes!! Going into this event we had $16,000 in the shipping fund, we collected around $7,200 in donations at the door, the 50/50 winner Mike from 45 RPM was gracious enough to donate back his winnings, which put another $2200 into the shipping fund, after that was announced we had a person who wants to remain anonymous pledge $2,500 towards shipping and we also received another $2,000 is sponsorship support. This will cover the two trailers that were delivered to the Holbrook post office Sunday night. Boxes range between $10-$17 per box shipped depending on the APO zip code. (and yes we will still need to raise almost another $20,000 to cover what we may pack this weekend) This is amazing. Although this was the 2nd annual event at the Emporium it was our 7th annual pack out event. The Patchogue...

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See You Sunday!

Jan 28, 16 See You Sunday!

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We’ll see you Sunday!!! Doors will be open at 2 PM What not to bring to the pack out for the troops.. Aerosol cans (such as shaving cream), bags of snack chips (the bags will bust open, chips crushed, etc). What they Troops are requesting are: (most requested items from emails) healthy snacks, spam, Vienna sausages, canned meats, drink mixes, new books, K-cups/coffee, cans of coffee, coffee machines, Packets of tuna fish/chicken, peanut butter, gym clothes, iTunes gift cards, PS video games, body wash, laundry soap pods, Vape kits, razors, black or green quality boot socks, twin bed sheet sets, phone chargers, microwavable food, power bars, protein bars, trail mix packets, DVD’s, winter hats, blankets, tan or green t-shirts, baby wipes, Snacks. We do also have a complete list on our website it’s a all ages event, bring all of the Family. cant attend but would like to make a donation for shipping costs? The Emporium is located at 9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue Village, just one block north of the train station. Doors open at 2pm, Presentation of Colors at 2:45 PM, Live Music 3pm THANK YOU! Share this:TweetEmailMoreLike this:Like...

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Weekly update (1/19) and Upcoming Programs / Workshops.

Jan 19, 16 Weekly update (1/19) and Upcoming Programs / Workshops.

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Just wanted to drop and note of thanks to everyone that is supporting the Annual Military Care Package Event. We have dozens of schools, and dozens of scouting & cadet groups already conducting collections and activities in preparation of the pack out on the 31st at the Emporium. Out of the past 7 annual pack outs, this one is sure to be the biggest. It looks like a 3000 box day! So far we have had four corporate sponsors step up for the event so far: Alure Home Improvements, Florence Building Materials, Grainger Industrial Supply & The Murray Law Group. If anyone else would be interested we are looking for a minimum $500 Donation that will go towards shipping, your company would be able to bring and hang banners at the event and also have a reserved VIP seating area overlooking the stage. Veterans don’t forget tonight is “Veteran peer Activity night” at the VAC with doors opening by 1830 hrs tonight and chow by 1900. Last week the group had a great time traveling to NYC to be a guest of Paramount Films to see the advanced screening of ’13 Hours’. Each Tuesday night we conduct a different Veteran / Military activity night, and thanks to the goodness of the community, different supporters have been supplying home cooked meal for all the events at the VAC, and I’d just like to thank you all for that. Wednesday event (tomorrow night) we are asking for Volunteers again to assist us in prepping for the pack out. From 1800-2100 hrs we will be at the VAC addressing labels and custom forms, and yes the coffee will be hot, and the VAC warm (thank to everyone who showed up last week) (and yes we will most likely be there next Wednesday night also finishing up addresses. Thursday evening, we begin a new night of support group – “Recovery in the Trenches”. This group is open to all Veteran / Military, its completely anonymous also. Doors will...

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Food Drive tomorrow & Volunteer Opportunities this weekend.

Tomorrow is the third Saturday of the month which means Boots on the Ground NY has their monthly food drive collection going on at the VAC from 1000-1500 hours. We are collecting all nonperishable foods (boxed, canned, etc) and also frozen foods. Gift cards to food stores also work out great. Not only do we supply food to Veterans that are transitioning from shelters to housing with food but also to food pantries at shelters and also stock the food pantry at the VAC. The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY (631)-615-2200. We are also looking for Volunteers for tomorrow morning at 0900 & Sunday at 1300 to assist us with picking up furniture donations and delivering furniture to Veterans transitioning to housing. Please meet the team at the VAC (Veteran Activity Center) at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma. Saturday morning is about 3 hours of Volunteer time; Sunday is about an hour. Please check out the BOTGNY Volunteer group page at for weekly volunteer opportunities. Last night over a dozen volunteers came down to the VAC and started working on addressing care package labels and custom forms for the big annual pack out on the 31st of January at the Emporium. There will be a few more nights scheduled to get the 3000 address labels filled out, if you can come down and assist please check our Facebook pages for evenings. And how are those Care Package Drive Collections going? Yesterday we picked up a donation drive from West Islip High School that filled the back of one of our trucks. William Floyd Navy JROTC has been conducting collection at the CVS in Shirley on Saturdays. Please update us with dates, times and pictures and we will get all that info on the Facebook pages. Its RED FRIDAY, do you have your red on? Check out    for a great support shirt. RED = Remember Everyone Deployed. Tuesday night 20 Veterans from BOTGNY went to see the advanced screening...

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BOTGNY weekly update & volunteer opportunities – January 12th 2016

BOTGNY weekly update & volunteer opportunities – January 12th 2016 Tonight the Veterans peer groups will be attending the NYC Paramount premiere of “13 Hours” so the VAC will not be operational tonight, but will be again next Tuesday for veteran Activity Peer Night, with doors open by 1845 hours and chow by 1900. All Veterans invited and encouraged to stop in. Thursday evening, (this week only) we are looking for volunteers to assist us in getting labels and custom forms pre -written for the upcoming pack out, The VAC will be open by 6pm and most likely be open till 9pm. Saturday is the 3rd Saturday of the month so that means our monthly food drive from 11-3 at the VAC (Veterans Activity Center) located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma. 631-615-2200. Beginning Thursday evening January 21st – Recovery in the trenches – Support group for Veterans in recovery. This will be a every Thursday evening group with doors opening at 7pm, this group is for all Veterans & Military, attendance is anonymous. This support group is for all addictions. We are still looking for more Volunteers to assist us with our Veteran Support Program (VSP). These Volunteers assist by picking up used furniture and also delivering furniture to Veterans that have transitioned from shelters to stable housing. Please contact us for dates and times, and to be placed on the call list ( or leave a message at 631-615-2200. Don’t forget the big annual pack-out at the Emporium on Sunday January 31st, doors open 2 pm, there’s live music by Decadia & 45 RPM and a buffet. Donation at the door is only $5 with all proceeds going to shipping of items to Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea & Africa. Please visit our website to see a list of needed items to ship to our Troops. or to make a donation please visit         Share this:TweetEmailMoreLike this:Like...

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