Adopt A Battalion was created in November 2004 by Jack and Pat Parker as a result of a letter written to them by their son Major Timothy Parker USMC, stationed in Iraq during the Iraq War. It was nearing Christmas and his troops were feeling bad because they were not receiving much mail nor any packages from home. Their morale was at an all time low. Timothy requested that his father, then the Grand Knight of the Our Lady Of The Island K of C Council in Massapequa Park could ask the members if they could help him booster the morale of his troops. As a result of that request Jack gathered enough donations to fill as many boxes as he could send .
The majority of the items that were sent went to the troops, but typical of the American solder sharing with the less fortunate Major Parker is seen passing out some gifts to the local children. This not only brought joy to him and his men but also acts as a goodwill gesture and sets up a trusting bond with the village people. Needless to say, these packages started a tradition that has continued 15 years and during that time we have sent well over 5600 care packages that adds up to about 28,000 lbs of goodies at an approxmate postal cost of close to
There are several ways that you can be a part of this great organization.
First, you can bring donations to our collection site to be sent to our troops. Donations include; Cookies, Gum, Mints, Beef Jerky, Power Bars, Granola Bars, Trail Mix, Nuts, Powdered Drink Mixes, Peanut Butter, Jelly and any other non-perishable snack you can imagine. In addition to the snacks we send toiletries such as Band-Aids, Neosporin, Tylenol, Motrin, Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash, Brushes, Hair Ties, Razors, Shaving Cream, Sun Screen, Chapstick etc..
PLEASE NO AEROSOL CANS OR GLASS!
Second, you can make a donation using our PayPal button below or you can drop off monetary donations at our collection site or mail your check to Adopt a Battalion
63 Clifton Street Farmingdale NY 11735
Your generous donations are greatly needed to help us to continue our mission. Our greatest expense is shipping at an average cost of $13 per box. In addition, when supplies are low we also purchase goods to send. Please be as generous as your means will allow. God Bless You.
We are a 501 (c) (3) organization started in 2004. We continue to support our men and women serving our country fighting the War On Global Terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.
Every week we collect donations from the general public , school's, local scout troops including Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts, business groups ,church organizations and clubs.
We meet Saturday morning at the K of C Hall located at 2 East Gate Rd, Massapequa Park between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. See our Facebook page for unexpected closings and upcoming events.
In 2017 we shipped "1518" care boxes to Our Troops at a cost of $1900.00. These boxes were packed and shipped by the men , women and young adults seen on the left and other volunteers not pictured. We are always in need of dedicated volunteers commited to helping us Support Our Troops.
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