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N.J. league CUs donate for troops comfort
HIGHSTOWN, N.J. (9/8/08)--The New Jersey Credit Union League and a
Click to view larger imageSoldiers from the 2-113 INF, 50th IBCT, NJ ARNG, prepare to deploy to Iraq from Fort Bliss, Texas. Each soldier received a comfy travel pillow (see packs in foreground) courtesy of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon's Special Friends at the New Jersey Credit Union League.
group of credit unions in the state donated more 167 boxes of flight pillows to New Jersey National Guard troops as part of their partnership with Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. The donation of more than $20,000 provided flight pillows to every soldier in the 50th IBCT for the 23-hour flight to Iraq. More than 3,000 departing soldiers received a pillow. The rest of the pillows were given to overseas military hospitals in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. Thanks to Unilever, the pillows were delivered to the soldiers in Fort Bliss, Texas, before they departed on their flight, the league said. The deployment is the largest of New Jersey civil troops since World War II. These credit unions participated in the effort:
* Deepwater FCU, Deepwater; * FAA Eastern Region FCU, Clark; * MidState FCU, Carteret; * Paragon FCU, Montvale; * Parlin DuPont FCU, Parlin; * Unilever FCU, Englewood Cliffs; * United Teletech Financial FCU, Tinton Falls; and * West Orange Municipal FCU, West Orange.
Click to view larger imageSoldiers from the 50th IBCT snooze on the long flight to the Middle East and are made more comfortable with pillows donated by the New Jersey Credit Union League and participating member credit unions. (Photos provided by the New Jersey Credit Union League)
"The credit union philosophy is 'people helping people,' and most credit unions are widely involved in the communities they serve," said Candice Areia, league director of marketing and communications and leader of the project. "What the New Jersey Credit Union League has done not only provides comfort for a very long flight, but also shows every single soldier that their well being is important to all the citizens of New Jersey," said Alan Krutchkoff, president, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. "It was an incredible donation." For more information on the program, use the links.
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