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Card collection down this year

November 01, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

KEEDYSVILLE - Since this is the second year a Washington County military support group has organized a holiday card drive for U.S. troops overseas, the group's leader, Lynn Jones, said she expected there would be more than the 13,211 cards sent last year.

But now, with the deadline to send the cards fast approaching, she will be happy if she can just get the same number of cards as last year, Jones, of Keedysville, said Sunday.

So far, she has received only 1,500 cards, she said.

Her goal was to collect 20,000 cards, she said.

Jones said she does not know why the number of cards received has dropped. But she is hoping that regardless of how people feel about the war or the presidential election, they will take a few minutes to write at least one holiday card, she said.

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The deadline for people to get the cards to her is Nov. 15, she said.

Jones said she is asking people to write holiday cards as a way of thanking soldiers for risking their lives in the war.

The cards serve a dual purpose in reminding soldiers that people from this area care and helping raise the spirits of anyone feeling down while they are away from their families during the holidays, she said.

Last Christmas was the first that Jones spent without her daughter, Army Spc. Kelly Hurlbrink, or her son, Army Spc. Kevin Hurlbrink. Both were in Iraq last Christmas but are currently in Fort Bragg, N.C., she said.

Her son and daughter have told her from personal experience how uplifting it was for soldiers to receive cards during the holidays, she said. Cards written by students are particularly meaningful, she said.

Jones plans to send the cards to a total of 25 soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. The soldiers who will receive the cards are from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, she said.

Cards can be sent to South Washington County Military Support Group, c/o Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756.

The cards should not be sealed, she said.

Those who have questions about the card drive or support group can call Jones at 301-432-4979.

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