12-year-old collects baseballs to send to soldiers overseas

12-year-old collects baseballs to send to soldiers overseas (Image 1)
12-year-old collects baseballs to send to soldiers overseas (Image 1)

A 12-year-old New Jersey boy has set up a program to send baseballs with messages written on them to U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

Since October Billy Cook, a baseball player and New York Yankees fan, has sent 1,500 baseballs through his program called “Billy's Baseballs.”

Billy came up with the plan when he was looking for a way to full-fill his service requirement for his Bar Mitzvah.

He was originally sending letters to soldiers when he got another idea from his mother.

“He said, ‘Why don't we just write the letters right on the baseballs,' “Billy's mother Phylisse Cook told Good Morning America. “The project came just from mom and son sitting and talking.”

Billy and his family have purchased around 100 baseballs, while the rest have been donated by family, friends and local businesses and baseball organizations.

“We send a lot to AFRICOM, the largest military base outside the U.S.,” said Cook. “We send 18 balls at a time and one person becomes  the baseball ambassador and hands them out to their unit.”

Although Cook's Bar Mitzvah is taking place next month, he plans to continue sending baseballs to the troops.

*Good Morning America contributed to this report.

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