BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder partnered up with the students at Howard Beach’s P.S. 146 and the Sports and Arts in School Foundation to bring some holiday cheer to U.S. troops.
The assemblyman visited P.S. 146 on Monday as the students prepared to send their care packages to a New Jersey-based naval platoon stationed in Afghanistan. More than 100 students from kindergarten through fifth grade collected enough items to fill eight packages. The items included toiletries, snack foods, books and card games, as well as handmade holiday ornaments and cards designed by Class 301 at the school.
The students at P.S. 146 came up with the project as a way to send stocking-stuffer gifts to soldiers. When the school reached out to Goldfeder’s office, he donated $300 to help cover the cost of shipping the packages.
“Our brave men and women in uniform spend their holidays fighting overseas so that we can enjoy time here with family in peace and security,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “The students at P.S. 146 deserve tremendous credit for preparing care packages for our troops and helping make them feel special. I’m honored to sponsor their packages to the soldiers and contribute to this important effort.”