This amazing young woman's name is Michelle Lombardi and she is 4th grade Elementary School Teacher at Cecil S. Collins School in Barnegat.

Michelle and her boyfriend who was deployed
Michelle and her boyfriend who was deployed

Four years ago, her boyfriend was deployed and as a result she wrote the song titled "Christmas in Camouflage" and decided to take matters into her own hands by putting together care packages for the men and women who fight to protect our country every single day. And thus, The Christmas in Camouflage Project was born.

You can actually find Michelle's music on iTunes, Google Play, and Apple and all of the proceeds from her music go towards the Wounded Warrior Project which is a charity organization that supports wounded veterans!

The first year that she sent care packages, Principal Pat Magee even helped her to organize an assembly for the entire school to see all of the packages that were collected and Michelle got to perform her song that inspired the start of it all.

Now, four years later, Michelle has a goal to send more care packages than what was sent out last year -- which means collecting 50 care packages!

And good news -- getting involved is simple! You just need to contact Michelle herself at (609) 618-3564 or 

OR you can drop off donations at Cecil S Collins Elementary School located at 570 Barnegat Blvd.

"It is absolutely amazing to see our school and community come together for such an amazing cause and it means so much to be able to give back to the brave men and women who fight for our freedom," Lombardi said. "Last weekend, some of my students even put together a  stand on their street and gave out hot chocolate and cookies to whoever donated."

A humongous shout out goes to The American Legion of Barnegat who has helped Michelle a tremendous amount over the years to make this program happen, including picking up all of the packages and shipping them out once they are finished.

Let's help Michelle reach her goal of sending out AT LEAST 50 care packages this season to show thanks to our troops.

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