Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. (J.O.S.H.)
Bringing Smiles to Our Deployed Heroes' Faces One Care Package at a Time
Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. is a volunteer led and operated 501(c)(3) Public Charity that ships care packages to Soldiers who are deployed to locations that place them in harm’s way. We are a non-political, non-partisan organization. Our mission is to provide moral support and remind our deployed Military that we stand with them and they have not been forgotten. We believe that although the items we ship are needed by our Soldiers, the most important thing that goes in every care package is love and support from a stranger.
How We Started and Who We Are
When Kathy Hewitt's nephew, Josh, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 she began shipping care packages to him. Kathy soon learned about the thousands of Soldiers who are serving in remote front line locations where there are no stores or shops for them to purchase snacks and hygiene necessities. Upon learning this, she began adding more and more deployed Soldiers to her shipping list.
Friends began donating care package items and volunteering to help pack boxes and Kathy founded Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. in April 2011. The name is affectionately abbreviated to J.O.S.H. in honor of her nephew. We have no paid employees. We are simply a group of volunteers with a passion for supporting our Troops.
When We Ship
Every day! This is an ongoing effort.
What We Ship
A list of the care package items we ship can be found on the Care Package Items page on this website. The list is not all inclusive, however. If we receive special requests that are within our means, we do our best to provide them.
Where We Ship
The majority of our care packages have been shipped to troops deployed to remote locations in Afghanistan. We specifically want to support Soldiers who have no PX or shopette where they can purchase hygiene products and/or snacks. Our goal is to also ship care packages to Soldiers who do not receive mail and moral support from home.
Upon receipt of the name and address of a Soldier, we continue to ship to him or her throughout their deployment. We also encourage them to share our contact information with other Soldiers who are deployed with them.