LIVINGSTON, NJ — At the prompting of Kelly Ford from “Kelly Ford in the Morning” on Nash FM 94.7, who launched a program via the country radio station in January to send Valentine’s Day cards to United States military service men and women, Mt. Pleasant Middle School students recently helped spread some pre-Valentine's Day love.

Following the radio station’s "Valentines for the Troops" guidelines, the sixth graders created personalized Valentines to express their appreciation and support of the brave men and women who protect and serve their country.

The program, whose motto was “Love this City, LOVE this Country, LOVE OUR TROOPS,” urged students, church groups, fraternities and sororities, families, friends and more to get together and create “uplifting and happy letters” with the intention of encouraging the troops.

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Ford, who proclaimed in January that U.S. troops need the country’s support “now more than ever,” reported that the morning show's “Valentines For The Troops” program was a major success and expressed her gratitude to all who participated.

Shown above with the cards they created are Livingston sixth graders Skylar Sonnenberg, Jonathan Ma, John Wei, Gabriel Turbin, Emma Xing and Ednakayi Martin.