Since the launch of the City of Lakewood’s “Thank a Servicemember” campaign in 2014, more than 20,000 postcards and letters of appreciation have been collected from the greater Lakewood community that were forwarded to U.S. servicemen and women deployed overseas. Holiday greetings and letters of thanks will be collected again this year through early December. At city hall as well as other locations around town, participants will be able to fill out a free Lakewood commemorative postcard or drop off individual letters or cards (please, no envelopes or glitter and no cards larger than 8.5” x 11”). The city will send all submissions to servicemembers overseas through the military support group, Operation Gratitude. “These men and women are our family, friends and neighbors, and we are so lucky for the incredible patriotism and bravery they demonstrate here and abroad,” Mayor Diane DuBois said. “Let us be grateful for those who strengthen our nation and are far away from their loved ones. Take the time to let them know you appreciate the sacrifices and the risks that they endure.” If your business, service club or organization would like to partner with us in the project, go to lakewoodcity.org/TASGetInvolved.
Drop off letters or use one of Lakewood’s free commemorative postcards available at the following locations: Lakewood City Hall, The Centre at Sycamore Plaza, Angelo Iacoboni Library Nye Library, Weingart Senior Center, Palms Community Center, Lakewood Center, and the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.
Don’t know where to start with a note? Here are some tips:
• Start your letter with a salutation, such as “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One.” • Express your thanks for their selfless service.
• Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful.
• Share a little about yourself.
• Talk about life back home including sports, weather, pets, family, hobbies, music, and movies.
Adults: include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient may reply. Children: FIRST NAMES ONLY and no addresses please. Still can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead. (Please, no glitter)! No items larger than 8.5” x 11” in size. No envelopes (loose cards and letters only).