The Northeast Ice Skating Club (NEISC) dedicated its annual Holiday Skating Show to U.S. military and joined together with the Jay Project and Any Soldier Inc. in an effort to honor and help military personnel overseas. Robyn Hills, a senior at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, organized The Jay Project in 2011 to send care packages to US combat troops in harm’s way. The effort is named for her cousin, Sgt. Jason Santora of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Army Ranger Regiment, killed in Afghanistan in April 2010. “I wanted to do something special to honor Jason, our family’s fallen hero. When I discovered Any Soldier Inc., I knew I had found the perfect partner to help me do exactly that,” explains Hills.
As a senior member of Northeast Ice Skating Club – a regional U.S. Figure Skating organization with locations in Haverhill and Lawrence, MA – Hills brought her cause to their attention this past holiday season. According to Hills, “NEISC helped me collect more donations and dollars for shipping than any other group. Through their support and generosity, The Jay Project has been able to reach out to many more service members across all branches of military service than ever before.”
Northeast Ice Skating Club is a non-profit skating organization dedicated to promoting the sport and artistry of figure skating by connecting with the community and schools to provide recreation, athletic training, personal and team mentoring, and social experiences to our youth. NEISC President Kristine Johnson said, “When Robyn approached us with her idea about the Jay Project, it was a natural fit with our community outreach program. Everyone associated with NEISC was proud to be part of such a wonderful effort to honor and help all our U.S. troops and pay special tribute to Robyn’s cousin, Jason, through The Jay Project.”
Their joint effort and holiday drive culminated with the NEISC Holiday Skating Show in which items from soldier’s “wish lists” were collected through donations, allowing NEISC and Jay Project volunteers to send more than 30 packages of much needed supplies overseas, helping units with over 500 soldiers.
Any Soldier Inc. (www.AnySoldier.com), which is the organization Robyn Hills and NEISC teamed up with for support of this effort, has currently served over 2.2 million American service personnel.