Our Goal

The primary goal of Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge is the collection and delivery of personalized, signed expressions of respect, caring and gratitude to deployed U.S. troops.

Your personalized signed holiday cards and letters reflect your genuine support and appreciation for our military heroes , letting them know that they are not alone during the winter holiday season. Your messages offer a connection to home, a bridge of caring, and a taste of the holidays to our beloved Warriors.

The Challenge Story

Sixteen years ago, Dr. Laura Landerman-Garber handed out Holiday Cards to her Family at Thanksgiving, asking them to write messages to our Military Heroes; it was to be their “ticket to turkey”!
 
Flash forward to October 2017, when she became determined to send cards to a family friend aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and to each member of that Navy Aircraft Carrier, then deployed and out to sea.
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Card signing guidelines

Please follow these guidelines when instructing participants how to sign cards. These guidelines will help to assure that all cards are acceptable to the United States Postal Service for shipping and to the military.
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1. Please address the card to “Dear Warrior”. Be respectful and polite.

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2. Write a holiday greeting, keeping in mind that our Troops are diverse in their holiday practices and beliefs.

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3. Write a personal note. For example: How do you celebrate the holidays? What are your family memories of holidays?

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4. Sign your first name ONLY and the town and state where you live.

Cards Received With Gratitude

The success of The Holiday Card Challenge is visible in the smiles and notes of gratitude received back from active duty warriors.

The card recipients can't reply directly to the card signers. They're working in combat zones without easy access to public communications or in places that cannot be publicly disclosed. We feel their gratitude and send them love and respect and support.

Cards2Connect

During the Covid Pandemic, Dr. Landerman-Garber teamed up with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (NH) to create the CARDS2CONNECT Challenge. By writing notes and cards to our Veterans who have been isolated during the Pandemic, our Veterans in hospitals, assisted living and nursing home communities will be reminded of our care and appreciation for their Service. The Program was successful in sending hundreds of cards to Veterans in N.H. Communities.

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How Can You Help?

Thank you for your interest in the Holiday Card Challenge for our Military! Your contribution makes a real difference to the morale and spirits of our warriors abroad.

Promoting the Challenge, purchasing, boxing and shipping holiday greetings by the ton around the globe costs money.

Monetary donations in support of these and related costs will be gratefully received.

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