Military holiday greeting card project short of last year

November 15, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

The response from military personnel overseas who received holiday cards last Christmas was so overwhelming that the South Washington County Military Support Group is hoping to match or increase the number of greetings going out this year.

But as organizer Lynn Jones and group members approach the Nov. 20 deadline, contributions are lagging.

In last Christmas's effort, the support group sent 70 military members and their units more than 27,000 cards. And in return, the group received thank you notes and letters from troops in Iraq.

In one instance, an Air Force colonel took the time to write a one-page letter, praising the group for making the holidays a lot cheerier for him and his entire military group.

Some of the writers explained in detail what their units were doing in Iraq and how their presence was making a difference.


Still the main thrust of the mail back to Washington County was overwhelming thanks for the letters, goodies, necessities and fun items that were sent from volunteers.

This is an opportunity to make the holidays a bit brighter for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and time is running out, organizers said.

Holiday cards may be homemade or store bought. Messages should be appropriate and will be screened for security reasons.

The support group also will accept prepaid phone cards, winterized baseball caps, batteries, hard candies, cookies, packaged crackers, chewing gum, playing cards and cash or checks to defray shipping costs.

The support group encourages schools, churches, businesses, civic organizations, families and friends to participate.

If you want to participate...

Cards and other items may be mailed to South Washington County Military Support Group, c/o Lynn Jones, Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756.

Or they may be picked by calling Jones at 301-432-4979.

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