Valentine's Day is practically upon us and honestly, it will be here before you know it. But let's keep in mind that not everyone will be able to spend the special day with their significant others.

So this is our chance to help.

The organization called ARMS has a goal to send every single service member a care package and therefore is currently collecting store-bought or handmade Valentine's Day cards, candy, stuffed animals, and some of the most needed items for our troops.

Most needed items include: sunscreen, lip balm, razors, shaving cream, baby wipes, eye drops, insect repellant, socks, coffee, drink mixes, snacks, chips, nuts, small boxes of cereal, pop tarts, single serve soup and pasta, ready to eat heat foods, convenience foods and condiments.

Important: If the care package is coming from a child, please do not include their last name! Otherwise, your donation will not be sent out to our troops!

Valentine's card
Jessica Rinaldi, Getty Images

I actually spoke with Director of Arms, Ronnie Micciulla and she said that 2000 National Guardsman will be deployed by February 4th and will be gone for an entire year.

"These soldiers are from New Jersey and the idea is to let them know that where they come from cares about them and is thankful for their sacrifice," said Micciulla.

There is no set deadline because care packages will be continuously sent out even after the holiday and who doesn't ever enjoy receiving a homemade card!?

So no matter how big or small of a donation, pull it together and all you have to do is bring it to one of the many drop off points throughout the Jersey Shore.

Take a look at the drop off points scattered throughout the Jersey Shore so you can be a part of one amazing cause.

Monmouth County


36 Lake Ave.
Eatontown, NJ 07724

Physical Therapy
127 Main Street
Matawan, NJ

Harley Davidson/Buell Long Branch

671 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Yorktowne Quality Cleaners

300 Gordon Corner Road
Manalapan, NJ 07726


2625 Route 516
Old Bridge, NJ.

Freehold Senior Center

116 Jackson Mill Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Ocean County

Toms River Armory

1200 Whitesville Road
Toms River, NJ

Walters Group

Corporate Offices
500 Barnegat Blvd North
Building 100
Barnegat, NJ 08005
609-607-9500, Ext. 127

Beaver Dam Chiropractic Center

832 Beaver Dam Road
Point Pleasant, NJ. 08742

Heritage Resturant

108 Lacey Road
Whiting, NJ 08759

Holiday Opticians

Holiday Plaza Medical Center
3 Plaza Drive South
Suite B
Toms River, NJ 08757

Hearing Aid Center

Holiday Plaza Medical Center
3 Plaza Drive
Suite 8
Toms River, NJ 08757

Al’s Pizzeria

1231 Route 166
Toms River, NJ 08755

If you have any questions, give Ronnie Micciulla a call at (732) 890-4914 or for more information, visit

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