Woman Business Owners Donation Drive for Women in Active Duty is going great!

People are so generous! The donation drive for women in Active Duty has filled boxes many times over. Collections continue through Columbus Day and will be delivered to Operation Troop Support.

Courtesy photos below include GMG readers ūüôā¬†



Pauline Bresnahan, Johanne Cassia (Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery) and Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Veterans Services, shared a quick video with veteran Vionette, “Vee”, Chipperini describing essentials that are great to receive when deployed. (Convinced me to go for bras!) Pauline said people have been creativite getting the word out and selecting special items to donate.¬†



Organized by Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, donation boxes can be found at particpating locations:

  • The Bookstore of Gloucester ¬†¬†¬†¬†owner ¬†Arwen Severance¬†61 Main St. Gloucester MA
  • Cape Ann Olive Oil¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† owner Patty Gates¬†57 Main St. Gloucester MA¬†
  • Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply¬†¬†¬† owners Shelly Nicastro and Susan Eason¬†121 Eastern Ave. Essex MA
  • Pauline‚Äôs Gifts¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† owner Pauline Bresnahan¬†512 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA
  • Premier Imprints¬†¬†¬†¬† owner Patty Gates¬†48 Main St. Gloucester MA¬†¬†
  • Roamin‚Äô Baths Mobile Pet Spa.¬†¬†¬†¬† Owner Kathleen Silva¬†Gloucester MA 978-835-3072

Women to Women – small business donation drive for women in active duty

Roughly 20% of each branch of the Military is Women –¬†¬†Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway¬†great idea donation drive in the works on Cape Ann

women to women 2 sign

We will have the boxes in shops Labor Day Weekend  thru Columbus Day. Any money donations will go towards the shipping of the boxes overseas. We will have a pick up date also with www. operationtroopsupport.com by the end of October.

As of August 11, 2018, the following Women Owned Businesses will have the boxes in their shops:

Pauline’s Gifts Gloucester
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply   Essex
Sea Meadow Gifts and Garden   Essex
Olde Ipswich Shop and Gallery   Essex
Bookstore Gloucester
Cape Ann Olive Oil  Gloucester
Premier Imprints   Gloucester
Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa On The Road all over Cape Ann



Operation Troop Support

Pauline Bresnahan forwards the Cape Ann Veterans Services list. “Please share, boxes will be shipped overseas to arrive in time for the Holidays.” When my kids were at East Gloucester ¬†awesome Mrs. Pierce organized for this collection,¬†helping kids understand the significance and giving them an opportunity to be helpful and give back.



Cub Scout Pack 112 – Good Citizens Showing Their Red, White and Blue Through Operation Troop Support

Sarah Schultz Reports-

Hey Joey,

Thought you and your readers¬†would like to hear how our Cub Scouts are “doing their best”!

During the month of March Cub Scout Pack 112 of Gloucester focused on achievements about Citizenship.¬† They worked on several aspects such as¬†learning¬†how to¬†the respect the American flag, learned Massachusetts state facts and how they each affect their communities of home, school, Pack, the city and the world.¬† As a group community service project,¬† the boys¬†wrote personal notes and gathered donations of needed items¬†to¬†back¬†the efforts of the Gloucester Veteran’s office’s Operation Troop Support campaign.¬† On April¬†7th,¬†Pack 112¬†brought all of their donations to¬†the Veterans office where¬†Lucia Amero explained the importance of their support, who would receive the items and where in the world the items would go.¬† Each scout received an American flag for their participation. Pack 112 Cub Scouts ¬†will be¬†given their Citizenship awards this month at a monthly meeting at the Mason Hall.

2011 Ap Veterans Office 0012011 Ap Veterans Office 0032011 Ap Veterans Office 020(l to r) Freddy Hart, Jack Fernandes, Ryan Cagney, Brett Cagney and Scott Trott.

Operation Troop Support

Operation Troop Support

Operation Troop Support of Danvers and the Cape Ann Families Military Support Group of Gloucester will be  teaming up to collect items for our troops.  In addition to the holidays, these groups provide gift packages
throughout the year.  Items collected are distributed to over 450 units in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar,
Kirgizstan, etc.  In addition, packages are provided to combat support hospitals in Iraq, Germany and five military hospitals from Washington, D.C. to California.

The collection will take place from October 19 – November 2.
Requested items include:
Quart size and gallon size zip-lock bags
White athletic socks for men and women
Playing cards
Non-perishable energy bars
Batteries for electronic games
Body wash
Candy:  Boxes of Star burst, Swedish Fish, etc.
New CD*s
Disposable cameras
Handheld games
Writing paper
Donation of these items may be brought to the following locations:
Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street Gloucester *
Telecommunications * Main Entrance
Beverly Hospital at Danvers, 480 Maple Street, Danvers  – inside Caf√©
Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick Street, Beverly  *  Caf√©
133 Brimbal Avenue * Kitchen
Northeast Health System, 55 Tozer Road * Lobby
Thank you for your consideration to help!
Tina Ketchopulos
Community Relations Coordinator
Northeast Health System