Send cards to our troops

November 02, 2004

It's probably because voters have been so preoccupied with the current political campaign, but a local citizen group's effort to make the holidays happier for local soldiers stationed overseas is not going as well as hoped.

The Southern Washington County Military Support Group is an organization made up of parents, grandparents and friends of local young people stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group has previously sent thousands of holiday greeting cards to its members' loved ones and those in their units.

But according to Lynn Jones of Keedysville, one of the group's organizers, this year the group hasn't received any- where near the volume of holiday cards it did in previous years.

In 2003, the group collected more than 13,000 handmade, computer-generated and store-bought cards, with local businesses donating about $700 for postage.


But as of this week, Jones has only received 1,500 cards of the 20,000 she and her group's members had hoped to collect.

Cards must be in hand by Nov. 15, so they can be processed in time to get them to the troops in time for the holidays.

Regardless of how you feel about the war, remember that these young people did not start it, but with a few well-publicized exceptions, U.S. troops have served well and honorably. We urge local citizens to pass on their best wishes to a group in need of support from the homefront.

There are some rules that the group asks donors to follow:

· Don't seal your card because members of the support group will be reading them to make sure the messages are morale-boosters.

· Don't address the cards or add postage.

· Cards should be tasteful, but need not be store-bought, although the group is asking that they be standard-sized.

· Writers may request that those who receive the cards write back to them.

If you're not sure what to say, just share news of what's going on in your family or Washington County, provided of course, that it's something upbeat.

What seems ordinary to you will be a welcome taste of home for a soldier in the war zone. If you don't want to write, you can still help by donating money for postage.

Send cards and/or donations to this address: South Washington County Military Support Group, c/o Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756.

Arrangement for pickup of cards may be made by calling Jones at 301-432-4979.

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