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Holiday card collection lagging

November 16, 2008

KEEDYSVILLE -- With the Nov. 20 deadline looming, Lynn Jones said only about 10,000 holiday cards have been collected so far by the South Washington County Military Support Group for U.S. troops serving in the Middle East.

"In 2007, we sent 175 military members and their units 119,434 cards in three countries -- Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq," Jones said in early October.

The card drive started several years ago when she and others learned that many military people got no cards or packages while they were serving in the Middle East.

Jones said she is hoping now that the election hubbub is over, people will start getting into the holiday spirit and prepare their Christmas cards for the troops.

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Anyone with a family member serving in the Middle East is asked to contact the group as quickly as possible. Full names and unit address are needed.

Jones can be reached at 301-432-4979 or via e-mail at lalollie2278@verizon.net. The Web site is www.decalsandmore.com; click on the SWCMSG logo.

Cards may be store-bought or homemade; no envelopes or postage are needed. They should be signed and will be screened for security issues. Messages of support are best and pen pals may be requested.

The cards and monetary donations for mailing costs can be sent to SWCMSG, c/o Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756. Arrangements can be made for pickup at schools and churches.

On Nov. 30, volunteers will read the cards and pack them up at Camp Manidokan in Knoxville between 1 and 5 p.m. to be shipped out.

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