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“Christmas for the Soldiers,” an effort to send 5,000 cards, letters and children’s drawings to troops who won’t be home this holiday season, is underway.
“Last year we reached our goal of 1,000, and this year we know we can do more,” said Ashley Sand, who spearheads the effort each year in memory of her soldier lost and in keeping a promise to him to always support his brothers and sisters in arms.
“The cards will be shipped by boxes full to the troops to be opened Christmas Day,” Sand explained.
Deadline to get the cards to Sand for shipping is Dec. 1.
“You can include a picture of your family if you want to, but please tape it inside your card,” she said. “If you would like a letter back, you will need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.”
Churches willing to help are asked to call or text Sand, who will gladly bring a box to collect cards — “I will pick them up,” she said, “and I will be happy to come talk to your group.”
Locally, you may leave cards at collection boxes located at the Fayetteville Recreation Center on Winchester Highway or Kahuna’s Market and Deli, located on Huntsville Highway.
Call or text Sand at 931-639-9574 or write to her at P.O. Box 2416, Shelbyville, Tenn., 37162.