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US Army religious specialists unload boxes of single-serve coffee capsules from a delivery truck, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, June 9, 2022. The coffee was donated by Holy Joe’s Cafe, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free coffee to service members American all over the world. (US Army photo by Spc. Chandler Coats)
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US Army religious specialists stand with CFI truck driver Ariel Vargas in front of a delivery truck after unloading a shipment of coffee from Holy Joe’s Cafe, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, June 9, 2022. The coffee is donated by Holy Joe’s Cafe, a non-profit organization whose mission is In providing free coffee to American Service members around the world. (US Army photo by Spc. Chandler Coats)
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Staff Sgt. US Army. Calvin Carter, a religious affairs specialist assigned to America’s First Corps, presents truck driver Ariel Vargas with a challenge coin in recognition of his delivery of a shipment of over 300,000 single-serve coffee capsules, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington, June 9, 2022 The shipment of coffee is donated by Holy Joe’s Cafe, a non-profit organization whose mission is to deliver free coffee to members of the American Service worldwide. (US Army photo by Spc. Chandler Coats)
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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington – Holy Joe’s Coffee made a donation of more than 300,000 single-serve coffee capsules to JBLM on June 9, 2022.

America’s First Corps Office of Religious Affairs has coordinated the donation and delivery through the trucking company CFI, which actively supports U.S. forces through a number of company initiatives, including making coffee donations to Holy Joe’s.

Religious specialists came from across the base to help unload the large shipment, including enlisted soldiers from I Corps, JBLM Garrison and others, according to Army Sgt. Calvin Carter, I Corps religious affairs specialist who oversaw and coordinated the delivery.

“Holly Joe has been supporting the troops for many years,” Carter said. “The coffee was donated to the Reverend’s oath so we could distribute it throughout the site to support the soldiers.”

Carter presented his delivery driver, Ariel Vargas, with a Challenge Coin from I Corps as a token of thanks from the soldiers for delivering the shipment.

Colonel Andrew Lawrence, chaplain of the 1st Corps Command, said he and his soldiers were grateful for the coffee, as it would help chaplains accomplish their mission of creating a sense of community and connection within the military.

“Sitting down and sipping and sharing ideas or engaging in conversation is at the heart of what we as military leaders do, and coffee is often a way to share,” Lawrence said in an emailed statement. “Holy Joe’s work continues to make this possible for priests and religious professionals.”

Holy Joe’s Cafe is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Tom Jastermsky that donates coffee to service members in hundreds of locations around the world each year, with the goal of working with military chaplains’ offices to support troop morale through coffee.

Carter said his office would coordinate with the offices of other chaplains on the base and immediately begin distributing coffee to troops around Joint Base Lewis McCord.

“Cafes have always been places to connect, debate, discuss and share ideas, and as we emerge from COVID the need for connection and community has never been greater,” Lawrence said. “We are grateful to Holy Joe for helping our Ministry of Unity teams create connection by sharing a cup of ‘Joe.”‘

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