These messages, along with others by the same two authors provide much of the energy behindmy
unstoppable optimism, drive, and determination.
My career as a clinical psychologist
has also provided a backdrop to my commitment to helping others and raising awareness of the importance of
kindness, compassion, and not just tolerance but acceptance of others. Community service was a central part of my childhood
and I hope that I have -in creating the Military Holiday Card Challenge- carried that message of giving to the next generation.
I genuinely enjoy
the opportunity to assist anyone who wants to create a local Military Holiday Card Challenge
or frankly, who just wants to sign one single card. I believe that “Every Card Counts” rules the day.
I'm as grateful for one card signed with genuine caring as I am for 1,000 signed cards.
I'm open to your ideas and suggestions about how to best achieve the
Military Holiday Card Challenge goals!
The veterans and service families that I have met
through the Card Challenge have changed my life. Stories of dedication, loyalty and sacrifice have been inspiring,
sometimes prompting laughter and sometimes prompting tears. It is the very thought of our deployed troops receiving
a hand written message of holiday cheer and support that drives me to continue the Card Challenge each year.
In 2017, I met a Vietnam Veteran who still carries with him a card that he received from a child when he was in Vietnam 50 years ago.
He said that that single message brought him comfort and hope as well as the knowledge that
there was someone back home in the States who was thinking of him during his darkest hours.
If that one card after all these years continues to have such a profound impact on that soldier,
then the least that I can do is to carry on her mission and invite all to join in.
Holidays Cards for our Military Challenge
is a 501C3 non-profit corporation registered in New Hampshire, USA
Contact Laura Landerman-Garber (President) for further information via FaceBook at Holiday Card Challenger or Instagram at #holidaycards4ourmilitary
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