A senior at New Bern high school, Robert Cooper has set a goal to send 500 or more thank you letters to soldiers deployed overseas.

He started this initiative back in December, writing letters to troops who could not make it home during the holidays. Now cooper is taking it a step further.

He has contacted everyone from the Craven County Commissioner’s office all the way up to the White House. .

Cooper has about 15 letters that are ready to be mailed out to troops, and with 487 left, he’s asking for all of his fellow class mates to step up along with the community.

“Just imagine what kind of pride that will give you, imagine what kind of sensation that will give you” said Cooper.

Cooper has gotten letters of support for his efforts from his principal, Representative George Graham, the Governor's office and even the President himself.

Cooper said he wants the troops to know they are thought about by those thankful for their freedom and hopes these letters bring some sort of encouragement to them.

Cooper said he was inspired by a cousin who served in the military along with other service men and women.

If you would like to support this project and say thank you to our troops, just address your letter to Robert Cooper and mail it to:

                   New Bern High School

                    4200 academic Dr

                   New Bern, NC 28562

Cooper will collect them all and send them out to troops overseas.