TRENTON, NJ – Local students recently participated in an effort to support American soldiers stationed around the world through a letter writing campaign organized by legislators Nancy Pinkin and Robert Karabinchak. Children in schools throughout Middlesex County were asked to write letters to troops abroad to educate on the importance of America’s service members.

The office of Assembly members Pinkin and Karabinchak coordinated the “any service member mail” efforts so that soldiers without someone back home could receive letters to brighten their day. An astounding total of 1,800 letters have been collected and will be given to the non-profit organization American Recreational Military Services (ARMS) to be distributed overseas.

“These letters from students capture a special energy of appreciation,” said Assemblywoman Pinkin and Assemblyman Karabinchak (both D-Middlesex) in a joint statement. “The power to spread kindness with something so simple, yet personal is often overlooked. With this campaign we’re not just extending our deepest thanks to the troops stationed abroad, but demonstrating to our children how a simple note of gratitude can make the biggest difference in someone’s day.”

“Without the bravery of every man and woman who continue to serve our country, we as Americans could not enjoy the freedoms we have today,” said Ronnie Micciulla, Founder & Executive Director of ARMS. “The countless heartfelt letters we’ve received from students across New Jersey are going to be a great surprise for our troops deployed abroad. Thank you to Assemblywoman Pinkin and Assemblyman Karabinchak for helping us fulfill our mission to honor, support and show appreciation for our military.”