Giffords' office collects holiday cards for troops
The office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is collecting holiday cards to bring the holiday spirit to hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas.
“We realize that this is a difficult time of year for our hospitalized veterans and our brave troops to be separated from their families,” said Pia Carusone, chief of staff to Giffords, in a press release.
Last year the office received around 8,000 cards, which was the most they ever received, said Mark Kimble, Giffords' spokesman, in an interview.
The year before that, the office received around 4,000, he said.
"Once we make sure that all the vets in the VA hospital have received a card we will do anything possible to distribute the cards overseas," Kimble said.
The cards can be homemade or store-bought, but should be left unaddressed, he said.
Cards that are sent by school groups should include the school's address and the teachers name, since troops often like to respond.
"We want to make sure that vets who are in the hospital or overseas know that people in Southern Arizona are thinking about them," Kimble said.
Cards should be brought to Giffords' Tucson or Sierra Vista offices no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.