---- — NASHUA — On Nov. 10, MooreMart volunteers met at the Nashua National Guard Armory to collect donated supplies, then pack and ship care packages to members of the U.S. armed services serving in the Middle East.
MooreMart is a nonprofit volunteer organization, founded in 2004 by Paul and Carole Moore as a way of showing their support for their brother Brian, who at that time had been deployed to the Middle East with the New Hampshire National Guard.
On Nov. 10, MooreMart volunteers packed and shipped 3,421 care packages, reaching a milestone of 50,000 care packages shipped to troops serving in the Middle East.
The 50,000th care package was packed and shipped by members of the New Hampshire Blue and Gold Star Families as a tribute to their loved ones service in the Middle East.
The care packages were shipped to more than 2,200 members of the armed services from New Hampshire serving in the Middle East, to members of the armed services from throughout the United States serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, to retired veterans residing at the Tilton retirement home, veterans in transition staying at Liberty House in Manchester, Buckingham Place and Dalianis House in Nashua, as well as the Veterans Hospital in Manchester.
MooreMart also shipped care packages the Chaplains Office to be distributed to orphanages throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office in Iraq and Afghanistan to be distributed to any serviceman or woman who arrived in the Middle East during Christmas week to insure that they have a care package and Christmas stocking waiting for them.
This month’s packing event brings the total number of care packages shipped by MooreMart to 52,238, and humanitarian aid to schools and orphanages in Iraq and Afghanistan to 6.7 tons.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Congressman Charlie Bass, R-N.H., as well as staff members from their offices participated in the event. Bass and Shaheen have been an avid supporters of MooreMart since 2008 and has been instrumental in the expansion of MooreMarts mission to send care packages and relief supplies to troops serving in the Middle East.
For more information, visit MooreMart.org.