Ignizio, Oddo and Mitchell to Serve Servicemen, Servicewomen and their Families
Councilmen Offer Solution to Maintain Military Assistance Program
(Staten Island) For the past five years, Project Homefront has been aiding military families by shipping care packages to young men and women deployed in combat areas. A person simply had to bring a package to the manor road post office and use the Project Homefront account to send their loved one a package. Unfortunately, the USPS announced that it will no longer be handling these types of accounts and will be unable to assist Project Homefront in this capacity.
Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R, C, I – South Shore) and Minority Leader James Oddo (R,C,I,WF- Mid-Island), who have allocated $7,000 towards this program this year, are determined to see this project continue until the return of all U.S. troops in combat areas. The two councilmen, as well as Councilman Ken Mitchell (D-North Shore) have worked out a deal with Project Homefront to set up drop-off areas at each of their district offices, as well as the headquarters of Project Homefront. Project Homefront volunteers will then make weekly pick ups of all packages and send them overseas, with no cost to family members.
“Its unfortunate that the post office decided to discontinue this service, and I hope they reconsider doing so,” began Ignizio, “but we can’t simply abandon a service like this when the logistics become a little more difficult. I think Project Homefront does a tremendous job, and it is a privilege to help them out.”
Councilman Oddo said, “It is an honor to work with Project Homefront in whatever way possible to help them continue serving our soldiers overseas. It is the least we could do for such a worthy cause.”
Jack Semich, Executive Director of Project Homefront, added, “We’d like to continue the services we’ve provided to the people of Staten Island, and the military that we’ve provided for in the past. We just need to overcome the problems that the post office has recently come in to.”
Families are encouraged to bring any items they wish to be shipped overseas to any one of the three drop off points. Feel free to call (347) 552-1638 for any assistance. If anyone wishes to donate funds for Project Homefront, please visit their website at www.siprojecthomefront.org.
The Drop off Locations are as follows:
Project Homefront Councilman Vincent Ignizio
Moravian Church District Office
2205 Richmond Rd. 3944 Richmond Ave.
M,T,Th,F 10-1pm M-F 9-5pm
Councilman James Oddo Councilman Ken Mitchell
District Office District Office
94 Lincoln Ave. 130 Stuyvesant Pl. 4fl
M-F 9-5pm M-F 9-5pm
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