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Cards collected to recognize those serving in military

November 13, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

The South Washington County Military Support Group is again collecting holiday cards to send to local troops serving in the Middle East.

Last year the group collected almost 38,000 cards that were distributed to about 70 local servicemen and servicewomen and their units.

Kelly Hurlbrink, 22, a Boonsboro High School graduate, was stationed in Iraq in 2003 during the holidays. She remembers that getting cards, even from strangers, brightened her day.

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"It was like Christmas morning when you got a box or a card," she says. "It just made you happy. People you hadn't talked to in years would find out you were over there and they'd start writing you letters."

So far this year, the support group has received only a fraction of what they collected last year, says Lynn Jones, Hurlbrink's mother and a support group leader.

The group is looking for more donations by Nov. 20. Cards may be homemade or store bought. They should include messages appropriate for many service members to read. The cards should not be put in envelopes and postage is not necessary. Cards will be screened for security purposes.

Fill out and send Christmas greeting cards to South Washington County Military Support Group, c/o Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756 or call 301-432-4979. Donations for mailing costs, phone cards and holiday candy are welcome. To add a family member deployed with the military to the card drive recipient list, please contact the group at 301-432-4979.

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