[r85] Pond Report: Cards to Support our Troops (11/2/2011)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Start Date: 11/2/2011 All Day
End Date: 11/2/2011

With the holiday season quickly approaching it is important to take time and remember the things we are thankful for. Something I think several people would agree upon is being thankful for our United States servicemen and women and all they do to serve and protect our country.

One way you can show your support is by taking part in Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman’s sixth annual Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes card and letter campaign. She started this initiative as a way to provide support and words of encouragement to our U.S. servicemen and women.

To participate, simply mail your card or letter directly to the Lt. Governor’s office at Office of the Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, c/o Hoosier Cheer Our Heroes, 200 West Washington Street, Suite 333, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

This year there is a new way you can participate. An Indianapolis-based online greeting card company, enGreet, will allow anyone to use their website to personalize and send a card. The website is located at www.engreet.com. Cards ordered online will be printed and mailed for free and can include personalized messages and even photos.

Everyone should take advantage of this great opportunity to send thanks and warm wishes to those who are unable to spend the holidays at home. To ensure that the servicemen and women receive their cards on time, all cards and letters must be received by Friday, November 18.
 
When writing these cards, it is important to keep your message lighthearted and encouraging. It is good to talk about the weather, your family, pets, hobbies, family traditions for the holidays and wishes for safety and success. Most importantly, don’t forget to be creative!

When you make your cards or letters, there are certain things you should not include. Do not use glitter, confetti or other messy art supplies. Also, make sure not to include candy, money or any other items.

Creating a card or sending a supportive message only takes a few minutes, but it goes a long way to show how much we care for our men and women in uniform. This is a great way we can all say thank you and let them know how much we appreciate everything that they do for us.