project instructions, reflections, and book ideas to write letters to soldiers

Write Letters to Soldiers

Practice gratitude as well as kindness.

Send some cheer to men and women who are far from home.


Possible recipients

Soldiers abroad who must be away from their families. A Million Thanks makes it easy by sending your letters to the right spot.

What you’ll need

  • Cards (or paper) and writing materials
  • One envelope for all your cards
  • Optional: Decorating materials – but no glitter or confetti


  • Read the guidelines on the A Million Thanks website.
  • Write a positive message on a card or piece of paper.
  • Include your address if you’d like a response.
  • Decorate as you wish.
  • Check A Million Thanks website to find a drop-off location or mail to:
    A Million Thanks
    17853 Santiago Blvd., #107-355
    Villa Park, CA 92861


  • What would it feel like to be away from your family and friends for months at a time?
  • How would it feel to receive a happy letter from a nice and caring stranger?
  • What would you do to stay positive and connected if you lived far away from your family?
  • What are other ways you can show support to those who are serving our country?


  • A Paper Hug by Stephanie Skolmoski (Self published, 2006). Ages 4-8. A young boy decides that a paper hug is the ideal gift to give his father who is being deployed.
  • Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut (Bubble Gum Press, 2005). Ages 4-8. A soldier, who is serving halfway across the world, plays “night catch” with his son, using the North Star.

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