By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assemblyman Peter Abbate teamed up with students from P.S. 105 and members of the Dyker Heights Military Postage Fund to send care packages to troops serving in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. A fire at their military base destroyed many of their personal items, Abbate said.
“I am pleased that I was able to assist the caring P.S 105 family. Their expression of support for our troops and for this particular unit is heartwarming,” Abbate said.
The project came about after Alice Lee, assistant principal of P.S. 105, contacted Abbate upon learning that members of the base were devastated by the fire at their base. Students, families, teachers and administrators from P.S. 105 collected items to show their support and appreciation for the troops. The school received an outpouring of assistance from the community, which donated a variety of items, including reading materials, food, sports equipment, clothing, and personal items.
“It is always uplifting when a community comes together to make a positive difference,” Abbate said.
Working with Fran Vella-Marrone, president of the Dyker Military Postage Fund, Assemblyman Abbate ensured that the packages were sent to the troops without cost to the school.
Vella-Marrone, who is also president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, started the Military Postage Fund a few years ago to ensure that families of military personnel would not have to pay for postage to send their loved ones in the war zones packages. The postage fund, which operates on donations, allows military families to mail packages for free out of the Dyker Heights Post Office on 13th Avenue.