Sending some holiday cheer overseas
The holiday season can be tough on a lot of people, but being a soldier who is stationed overseas can make it even harder. And that is why Mark Struble has put together two Christmas Cards for Veterans events over the next two weekends.
“It is always nice to get a card wishing you a happy holidays from someone out of the blue,” Struble said. “That is why I felt like it was a good idea to get some people together to make cards and send them to the people who are stationed overseas.”
The first Christmas Cards for Veterans event goes from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Prairieview Covenant Church. The second event will take place at Solid Rock Fellowship from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.
“I want to get as many people in the community together to make cards as I can,” Struble said. “I am also hoping that parents bring their kids because it is always good to get kids helping out and they make some very good cards.”
After the cards are made, Struble will work with a contact he has within the military to get the cards made at the events shipped over to troops in Afghanistan.
“There are a few options for us in regards to what kinds of cards we send over,” Struble said. “People can either bring in pre-made cards and sign those or they can come in and make a card out of cardstock and decorate it however they want to.”
To help with the card-making process, Prairieview Covenant Church has donated paper for the event being held at the church. Participants will have the opportunity to use stickers, markers and other craft supplies to personalize their cards. However, Struble knows that just getting a card is more than enough to lift the spirits of the soldiers overseas.
“The cards don’t need to be crazy or anything, just a simple card wishing them happy holidays will go a long way,” Struble said. “The soldiers are happy to get anything for the holidays.”
The deadline to turn in the cards to ensure the soldiers get them before the holidays is Dec. 4.
“Once we get the cards done we will need to send them out almost right away to make sure they get there on time,” Struble said. “Anything we send them will be much appreciated and will hopefully lift their spirits while they are away from home.”