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Dec 03, 2019

County Donates Care Packages to the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, Marion Zilinski and MAST ROTC students assembled boxes of care packages for the Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.

Monmouth County donated 118 boxes of care packages to the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund, a local nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces as well as their families. This effort was spearheaded by Freeholder Lillian G. Burry.

“I am extremely proud to have partnered up with the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund for the second year in a row,” Burry said. “The drive was made successful by the donations and support of the residents of Monmouth County. We hope that these gestures of gratitude will brighten the holidays for our Armed Forces who are stationed overseas.”

The countywide drive collected food, drinks, snacks, personal care items and more using collection boxes that were set up at several Monmouth County buildings. The supplies were then assembled into care packages with handwritten notes of gratitude from Burry, as well as students in the ROTC programs at MAST and Colts Neck High School, representatives from the State Police, Coast Guard and the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.

 

The Colts Neck Business Association donated $500 toward the drive to help cover the cost of postage.

The boxes of care packages were shipped out to our troops stationed overseas and will be delivered in time for the holiday season. The Colts Neck Business Association donated $500 toward the drive to help cover the cost of postage.

“We are so grateful to everyone in Monmouth County who helped keep the memory of my son alive by participating in this drive and making it so successful,” said Marion Zilinski, co-founder of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund. “We would like to thank Freeholder Deputy Director Burry for her leadership and support. We hope this effort inspires other counties all over New Jersey to follow Monmouth County’s lead and run their own donation project. I know my son would be so proud of all that this donation drive accomplished.”

Colts Neck High School ROTC students helped assembled the 118 boxes of care packages.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund was founded in 2006 to honor the life and memory of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, who was one of the four American soldiers killed by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Bayii, Iraq on Nov. 12, 2005.