Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get crafting: The 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Card Drive for vets is on!

As you can see from the photo above, last year's handmade holiday card drive for residents of the Old Soldiers Home/Armed Forces Retirement Home was a huge success.   Drive organizer Sarah Gabriel is hoping to make the 2015 drive even more successful.

Why you should get crafty:   Those who live at the Old Soldiers Home/Armed Forces Retirement Home gave of themselves for us.   The website explains:

The AFRH has been home to thousands of former enlisted, warrant officers, and limited duty officers. The people who have lived here have served in all five branches of the Armed Services in locations around the world. The jobs they've performed, the sacrifices they've made, and the histories they've witnessed make an incredible story.

Read about the residents and their service.

The goal of the drive is to deliver a handmade card to every retired soldier this holiday season.   According to Gabriel, "Last year we handed out over 600 hugely appreciated holiday cards from all over the country. The cards are delivered along with some hugs, singing and lots of holiday cheer."

This drive is perfect for schools, social clubs, early learning centers, community centers, houses of faith, families, businesses, nonprofits, and more!   To get involved, email Sarah Gabriel, sarchance10(at)aol(dot)com.   The deadline for completed cards to Gabriel is December 11.

What happens if there are more cards than Armed Forces Retirement Home residents?   Gabriel sends the extras to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to those serving overseas.

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