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Operation Gratitude Letter Writing Campaign: Say Thank You to Those Who Serve
Wednesday, January 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until Thursday, January 30, 2020
Vinings Library invites you to participate in a Martin Luther King Service project, Operation Gratitude Letter Writing Campaign, January 15 – January 29th. The letter writing campaign is for the U.S. military and first responder communities. Participating is easy. Stop by Vinings Library during campaign dates and drop letters and cards into the collection box. You can also drop letters or cards at these Cobb County South Cobb Region Libraries:
- South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road, Mableton 30126. 678-398-5828
- Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1, Powder Springs 30127. 770-439-3600
- Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road, Smyrna 30080. 770-801-5335
- Vinings Library, 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30339, 770-801-5330
Letters and cards collected during the drive will be included in care packages Operation Gratitude sends to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, first responders, and wounded heroes and their caregivers. Each year, the organization sends out 300,000-plus care packages.
The mission of Operation Gratitude is to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.
Here is Operation Gratitude’s information on how to write Letters of Gratitude for the campaign:
- Start with a generic 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 will pray for them is wonderful.
- Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
- Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
- Please do not include a date or year on your letter.
- Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
- Children’s Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult’s address can be used).
- Can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids’ drawings with their age.
- No glitter or confetti please!
- Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes—they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners.
- Please don’t date your letters, sometimes it can take up to a few months for our Care Packages to be received after they are sent.