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Write Letters to Soldiers

Practice gratitude as well as kindness.

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


Possible recipients

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.



  • 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?


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.

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