State Schools Send More Than 125,000 Holiday Cards To Troops Overseas

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STATE–As part of Governor Christie’s “Season of Service,” the Department of Education and Department of Military and Veteran Affairs announced today that they have collected more than 125,000 holiday cards from across the state for U.S. military service members.

Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and Col. Mark Preston from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs collected letters and participated in a “Holiday Greetings to the U.S. Military” school assembly today at Greenwood Elementary School in Hamilton Township.

“These cards and letters are incredibly meaningful to our service members stationed overseas and they provide an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for their service to our country,” Cerf said. “Just a couple of weeks ago, we asked schools across the state to consider participating in the holiday cards and letters project. The overwhelming response we received from our school children is a heart-warming demonstration of patriotism and volunteerism, showing that New Jerseyans truly care and support our friends and neighbors in the U.S. Military.”

“The holiday season is especially difficult for those service members who are unable to spend it with their loved ones,” said Brig. Gen. James J. Grant, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Although nothing can extinguish the pain of being away from family during this time, our troops will find comfort in the children’s holiday cards and know that Americans recognize their selflessness and commitment to our nation’s security.”

The Season of Service was inspired by 8-year-old Aiden McManus, a New Jersey boy who has been devoting his time and hard-earned money to feed the homeless and those in need in Burlington County. Nearly 1.5 million New Jerseyans are already positively influencing communities across the state by volunteering their services through local groups, houses of worship and civic organizations.

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