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Sunblock for soldiers (and 999 other things)

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June 25th, 2010

TINTON FALLS, N.J. In honor of those serving overseas, Seabrook provided some comfort to troops and offered its own special thanks for the tremendous sacrifice on the part of military personnel. Residents donated approximately 1,000 items including snacks, sunscreen, toiletries, and other comforts of home to American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.), a nonprofit organization that ships the items to military personnel from New Jersey. Jane Finton, who participated in the collection efforts, lives at Seabrook and has a grandson currently serving in Iraq. I also had a son who served in the Army, so I can relate to those who have family members in the armed forces, she said. I send boxes to my grandson and wanted to help some of the other troops as well. I think it s a great idea because they need something to give them some happiness. I m happy to be able to help, and I ll be even happier when we don t have to do this anymore at all. For the past few years, Seabrook residents have donated supplies to various organizations that ship these useful items to those serving in the military. After past successful drives, we wanted to continue to help here at Seabrook and do whatever we can to support the men and women who are sacrificing so much overseas, Seabrook Executive Director Art Sparks said. The small items that are being donated are ones that we often take for granted in our daily lives, but they may provide some comfort for our troops. The troop collection drive is one of several volunteer efforts in which the community is involved. Residents regularly support the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the United Way, Bradley Food Pantry, Interfaith Neighbors, the United Methodist Church of Asbury Park, Toys for Tots, and the Arc of Monmouth County. A.R.M.S. was founded in 2003 by a group of grassroots volunteers who wanted to give something back to the military and their families. In a matter of months, this small organization had grown from just a handful to more than 325 volunteers throughout the tri-state area. Today A.R.M.S. continues to serve the local armories. The nonprofit organization supports the area unit Family Readiness Groups and provides direct assistance to family members in need. In addition, A.R.M.S. has been working with the local military bases to address quality of life issues for soldiers and their families.