The Boonville Herald helped get the word out about sending holiday cards to our military personnel, whether they’re in Iraq and Afghanistan or stationed here in the states. It’s not too late to get a card in the mail to our servicemen or women with a local connection. Here’s part of an article that appeared in the Boonville Herald a few weeks ago:
When you’re sending out cards this holiday season, you might want to take a moment to address a card or two to someone who’s serving with the military. It doesn’t matter that you don’t personally know the one to whom you’re addressing the card. It will be appreciated no matter where it ends up, but especially if it’s sent to someone in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Keep in mind that those serving our country are often miles away from family and friends during the holiday season, some of them possibly for the first time. A cheerful note or card can make a difference in their day.
Following is a testimonial shared by a soldier’s aunt, who says her niece wrote this in a letter to family and friends while serving in Iraq this past year.
“You may not realize, but every letter, card, care package and prayer received made each day go by that much faster. I cannot begin to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. Believe it when you hear that taking a moment to jot a quick note to a soldier will make their day: it’s true. Thank you so much for making the time away from home that much more bearable.”
When sending cards, remember to address them clearly and follow Department of Defense guidelines to be sure they arrive at their destination. Use the service member’s full name, include the unit and APO/FPO address with the nine-digit ZIP code, and include a return address.
Although the deadline has passed for mailing packages overseas in time for Christmas delivery, there’s still time to send first class mail. Cards and letters should be sent as soon as possible, but according to the USPS website, December 11 is the latest you can mail them and expect arrival at most APO/FPO ZIP codes by Christmas.
So, don’t delay. It takes very little time or money to support our military this way. Get the whole family involved. The kids will enjoy making handcrafted cards and the recipient will appreciate it. Don’t forget to include a note of appreciation and possibly a photo. And get your cards in the mail early.
Although this is a busy time of year, it’s also a time of sharing. You’ll feel good about doing a good deed, and someone somewhere will be grateful for your efforts.
Here’s what one military mom told us: “Thank you for providing this opportunity for the community to contact our warriors. They appreciate every piece of mail!”
In the interest of security, we’ve decided not to publish the list of our military perrsonnel, but for those who would like to send a little bit of home to our soldiers, sailors, and marines, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a list of names or see the articles in the Boonville Herald. I’m sure the person who receives a note or card will appreciate your thinking of them.