New State Project Announced, plus ways to participate

The Hopatcong Woman’s Club is pleased to announce that the NJSFWC (New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs) has adopted Operation Chillout as the special State Project for the next 2 years. Our local club chairperson in Hopatcong is Toby Nelson. Toby will coordinate all reports of donations from our club and the local area that happen through our efforts, to the State level of our organization. We applaud Toby for her volunteerism and devotion to our club.

Operation Chillout is an all-volunteer outreach dedicated to ending to the crisis of homelessness for veterans, men and women throughout New Jersey and parts of NE Pennsylvania. Founded December 21, 2000 to help a group of homeless Viet Nam veterans living in the open under a railroad trestle in northern NJ. OCO became a registered 501c3 not for profit in 2011. In adopting this effort as our state project, the Women’s Clubs hope to significantly contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Ways you can help:

Whether you choose to assist by visiting the Operation Chillout site online, making notecards to be included with donations, or writing a check, we ask that you please inform Toby Nelson of your donation so that she can include it in our tallies for the Hopatcong area by e-mailing: HWCOperationChillout@gmail.com

Due to COVID-19, restrictions require that the 2020 summer campaign will be entirely online – like a gift registry. www.operationchillout.org will take you to a registry site, where you can choose to donate two baseball caps for $10, two T-shirts for $10, or three cases of water for $10. The donations will go to all Homeless including the Homeless Veterans. If doing online, please also indicate Hopatcong Woman’s Club when prompted for Business Name.

If you are a creative type, you may like this one. Little Note Cards that will accompany
the items on the gift registry, with expressions like “Thinking of You,” are appreciated. They MUST be small, the size of a business card, and no envelopes! They will not only go to Homeless Veterans but all homeless in need. PLEASE make them very generic, yet creative. Maybe red, white and blue or another patriotic theme. No religious comments of any kind. These cards can be mailed to Operation Chillout, P.O. Box 353, Long Valley, NJ 07853, or you can call Col. Ted Sattur for pick up. 973-868-0453.

If you’d prefer you can send a check for your donation made out to, and addressed to, the Hopatcong Woman’s Club, PO Box 130, Hopatcong, NJ. Please mark the check for Operation Chillout.

Please consider making a donation for the homeless during these very difficult times. All donations are tax deductible.

If you would like more information on helping our club with donations or if you would like to become a member, please contact Member Chairperson Lisa Hirschfeld. She can be reached at 973-479-9228 or e-mail: lisah101@optonline.net.

To learn more about the NJSFWC (New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs), visit the Federation website at NJSFWC.org and to learn more about the GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs), visit GFWC.org. Our website: HopatcongWC.webs.com.

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