NFA, Class of 2001.
MARINE GYSGT LUIS A. MERCADO JR.
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Posted May. 22, 2017
New Windsor mom, Luz Mercado, started the foundation, ÒSupport Our Heroes, when her son Marine GYSGT Luis Mercado Jr. was stationed in Iraq and started to share items from packages his mom sent him to fellow soldiers who told him of some of the simple pleasures they were missing from home.
Lucy Mercado, New Windsor, is preparing to ship items to military service members as part of her foundation, Support Our Heroes. She supports three platoons in Afghanistan.
Newburgh students send holiday packages to the troops
By Michael Novinson
Published: 2:00 AM - 11/21/10
NEWBURGH — Since most troops can't return home for the holidays, a group of local high schoolers decided to package and ship the holidays overseas.
More than 30 Newburgh Free Academy students woke up early Saturday and collected about 300 pounds worth of donations of everything from M&Ms and model airplanes to toothpaste and sanitary napkins.
"The kids get a real sense of getting to touch somebody's life far away," said Kimberly Eachus, an English teacher at NFA. Her husband, Chris, teaches physics at NFA and organized the second annual drive.
Although the students were unable to provide the troops with a home-cooked meal — the food would perish long before arriving in Iraq or Afghanistan — they did the next best thing and wrote messages and drew snowmen on homemade cards.
But the cards aren't addressed to a particular soldier and the boxes don't have any mailing addresses written on them — that's all in the able hands on www.supportourheroes.net, which collects requests from military units in need of goods and distributes boxes accordingly.
Many of the students present participate in community service organizations such as Key Club or National Honor Society. They hope to aid others and improve perceptions of their community through their work.
"So many people view Newburgh as a horrible area," said senior Jenn Burgess.
Ricardo Rios, Jr.