NOTE: Operation Military Kids will be at the Brazil National Guard Armory Saturday 9-11 a.m. The public is invited to come out and create a card or letter of support to send to active duty soldiers stationed overseas.
By IVY HERRON
The best morale booster for a soldier is news from home.
Today, 9-11 a.m., readers are invited to come to the Brazil National Guard Armory and create a personal card or letter of support to send to active duty soldiers stationed overseas.
The Internet, when connections are available, is the most efficient way soldiers can stay in touch with family and friends, but a card or letter is something tangible from home -- it's something for a soldier to hold on to.
"We want as many people as possible to come out Saturday and participate in Operation Military Kids. We want to help keep the soldiers and their families in the thoughts and prayers of the community," said Laura Snyder, the Family Readiness Coordinator for the Brazil National Guard Armory.
"We provide everything they'll need. There will be laptops and software for the community to make a card or greeting for our troops who are currently deployed. We even provide craft supplies for people who want to make a 'homemade' greeting."
Operation Military Kids, a new program provided by the Purdue Extension office in conjunction with 4-H, was created initially as a way for children to send letters of support to soldiers, but is now being made available to the entire community.
The cards will be collected and mailed to units of active duty soldiers stationed overseas, with special emphasis made to ensure the cards are sent to our local National Guard unit, according to Snyder.
Cards for individual soldiers can be mailed by the program, but the soldier's current address must be supplied at the time the card is made. If the address is not available, the cards can be printed to be taken home and mailed later.
"We can locate the address of an entire unit, but not an individual soldier at this time," she said. "If we have the address of a particular soldier, we'd be happy to send a card to them."