JERSEY CITY –The Provident Bank recently partnered with “Operation XO” to send much-needed care packages to troops serving in remote locations in Iraq and Afghanistan. From May 21 to June 8, each of Provident’s 80 plus branches helped to collect more than 200 packages of donated toiletries, snacks and other in-demand items.
“There are thousands of troops stationed in remote locations and combat zones that have limited or no access to basic items, like deodorant, sun block and even running water. We are thrilled we were able to collect so many items at our branches,” said Doreen Noonan, a commercial loan coordinator at Provident, who suggested the bank serve as a donation site. “These care packages will help bring some of the comforts of home to our troops and help improve their quality of life.”
Started by two Army wives, Heather McKnight Hamilton and Doreen Noonan’s daughter, Amanda Riker, Operation XO is a nonprofit organization that provides basic items, including non-perishable single-serve meals, toiletries and other necessities to troops stationed overseas in remote areas. Both Doreen and Amanda’s husbands are currently serving overseas.
In addition to branches serving as drop-off locations, Provident covered the shipping costs for the first 100 packages collected.
For information about Operation XO, visit www.operationxo.org. Click “Get Involved” for a list of items to donate. More information about The Provident Bank is available at www.ProvidentNJ.com or by calling 800-448-PROV (7768).
To help send much-needed care packages to troops serving in remote locations overseas, The Provident Bank partnered with “Operation XO” to collect donations of toiletries, snacks and other in-demand items at each of its 80 plus branches. Helping to package items for shipping are Provident employees (from left) Doreen Noonan, commercial loan administrator; Marianne Herbert, administrative assistant; Diane Powers, assistant vice president; Georgette Dean, post closing administrator; and Joy Montroni, senior loan administrator. Through its efforts, Provident collected and shipped more than 200 care packages overseas.
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