Write Letters to Soldiers
Practice gratitude as well as kindness.
Send some cheer to men and women who are far from home.
Share your cards with soldiers abroad who must be away from their families for extended periods of time. Reach out to a soldier you know. Or participate in the work of A Million Thanks, a nonprofit that makes it easy to send 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 – makers, stickers, scissors, glue, etc.
- Please respect their request for 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.
- Drop-off your creations as a designated 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
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
A soldier, who is serving halfway across the world, plays “night catch” with his son, using the North Star.
Take it further
Set up a card-making/letter-writing station in your home. Whenever your kids are looking for something to do, the supplies will be ready to go.
Join DGT at our Sept. 30th Festival of Giving where families will take part in hands-on service projects, learn about charitable giving, and continue lessons in social action and advocacy. Can't join us? Support our efforts with a donation to DGT as we work to Build a Kinder World. Donations up to $5,000 will be matched, and donors will be added to our "Donor Wall of Fame" at the event.
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