Activity to benefit troops and wounded warriors
By Viki Bowman
RSVP Program Manager
Are you wondering how to support our troops in a simple yet meaningful manner? We have your solution: 30 minutes or less of your time to write a letter that will bring lasting joy to an American service member.
Davis County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is partnering with Operation Gratitude in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to acknowledge our deployed troops and wounded warriors with letters from home.
Davis County RSVP, through the Corporation for National and Community Service and locally sponsored by Davis County Health Department Senior Services, provides volunteer placement benefits for individuals 55 years of age and older. For this Day of Service, volunteers of all ages are invited to participate.
Letters will be distributed through Operation Gratitude, a national program supporting our military by sending more than 100,000 care packages throughout the world. Each package includes letters from folks like you and me.
The letter writing campaign will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the following locations:
Ґ Golden Years Senior Activity Center
726 S. 100 E.
Ґ Autumn Glow Senior Activity Center
81 E. Center Street
Ґ North Davis Senior Activity Center
42 South State Street
On location, Davis RSVP will provide writing materials, topic ideas, guidelines, envelopes, and shipping to Operation Gratitude. Letters also may be written at home and brought in during the campaign for mailing.
According to the Operation Gratitude website www.OperationGratitude.com, “Йof all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation.”
Guidelines offered on the website share advice for those not knowing how to start a letter such as:
Ґ Start with a salutation, such as “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Hero”
Ґ Express your thanks for their selfless service
Ґ Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful
Ґ Share a little about yourself: family, hobbies, work, pets
Ґ Talk about life back home: sports, weather, music, movies
Ґ Adults: include your contact information (mail or email) if you would like a reply from the care package recipient
Ґ Children: FIRST NAME ONLY with parent’s email or mailing information
Ґ Still can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead (avoid glitter)
Join us to ensure that a soldier, sailor, airman, marine or veteran knows that his or her sacrifices are appreciated. Call RSVP for more information at 801-525-5094.