MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown’s Support the Troops Program is accepting supply donations for a local marine serving in Afghanistan through Monday, April 5. Donations are accepted at Middletown’s town hall, 1 Kings Highway; main library, 55 New Monmouth Rd; and recreation department offices Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road.

Donations will be shipped to U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Nicholas Abbate, a life-long resident and weapons company platoon commander, currently serving in the Helmond Province with his 80-plus member infantry unit. Suggested donations include black boots socks, instant foods such as ramen noodles, batteries (AA, AAA, C,D, 3-volt), cookies and other snacks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors and non-aerosol shaving cream, baby wipes, toilet paper, Q-tips, and pens.

Abbate is a graduate of St. James Grammar School and Christian Brothers Academy. He graduated from the Naval Academy, Quantico, Va in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a minor in French. Abbate then received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing an infantry officer course he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment Marines stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Abbate served a tour of duty in Iraq before heading to Afghanistan.

More than two tons of supplies generously donated by local businesses and families have been shipped to soldiers serving in the Middle East since 2007. The program is managed through the township’s Emergency Management Office and supported by Middletown VFW 2179 and Middletown Elks Lodge 2179. Call Cindy Herrschaft at 732-615-2287 for more information.