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Seabrook volunteers send troops 1,000 care packages

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July 27th, 2010

In honor of those serving overseas, Seabrook provided some comfort to troops and offered its own special way of saying thanks. [caption id="attachment_13564" align="alignright" width="280" caption="May Yeh, Shirley Sliker, Ruth Gay, Jane Finton, and Art Wenzel load donated items. Finton s grandson is in Iraq. (Photo by Tony Ciavolella)"] rel="same-post-13140" title="NJ0810_TroopCollection">[/caption] 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 men and women from New Jersey. Jane Finton, who participated in the collection effort, 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 says. 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.

Voracious volunteers

For the past few years,Seabrookresidents 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, saysSeabrook sExecutive Director Art Sparks. 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, the small organization grew 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.