Deadline extended to collect holiday cards for troops
The office of U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has extended the deadline to collect holiday cards for hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas because hundreds of cards are still needed.
Cards must be dropped off by 5 p.m. next Wednesday.
“This is a difficult time for the women and men who serve our nation in the military and are separated from their families at the holidays. It also is tough for our veterans being treated at the VA,” said Barber, in a press release. “I know that Southern Arizonans will join me in sending a holiday message to these men and women to let them know that our thoughts and good wishes are with them – now and throughout the year."
Barber is asking students in classrooms across Southern Arizona, as well as individuals, to participate in his holiday card drive.
A brief message of thanks should be written inside each card. Envelopes are not necessary, but if they are included, should be unaddressed and unsealed. There should be no glitter on any of the cards.
Members of the military who receive cards from school groups often like to respond, so cards from schools should have a school address and teacher's name on each card.
Once the cards are collected, they will be distributed to troops from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca who are deployed overseas and stationed in Arizona; cards also will be given to veterans at the Southern Arizona VA Medical Center in Tucson, the release said.