Archive for Thursday, August 31, 2006

Troops’ welcome home needs our help

August 31, 2006

Early the morning of Aug. 23, I received a call from Kelly Ebel in Fort Campbell, Ky. She asked if I would help get several hundred welcome-home and thank-you notes from the Lansing community to hand out to our servicemen and women returning from the war in Iraq.

I told her I would be glad to help, and I am using this column to notify all our townspeople, churches, service clubs and schools that this would be a great project.

I think handmade cards and letters would be very well received. You do not have to put your name and address in the card, but if you do, you just might get a nice thank-you note in return.

If all our schoolchildren made a creative and patriotic thank-you card, that would be a big bunch and very special.

They need to be at Fort Campbell by Sept. 15, so please have them ready by Sept. 8. I will be glad to pick them up if you just call me at 727-3700, or you could drop them in a special box at the Lansing Activity Center, 108 S. Second St.

Also, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, I will be in St. Francis de Sales Church parking lot, Ida Street and De Soto Road, if you would like to drop them off then.

They must be mailed by the next day.

These cards will be mailed to Kelly in one or two packages, and she will see that they are handed out.

Kelly has experienced many times the number of troops who have had no one to greet them, and this is very sad.

We also learned there is a wonderful Xerox Web site that will print and send a card to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. This is free of charge, and there are many colorful, patriotic cards to choose from. The address is www.letssaythanks. com.

God bless our troops and their families.

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