Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge
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.
After learning that there were 5,000 plus Military
she created the Card Challenge and got word out
through Social Media platforms,
TV, newspaper, and hundreds of phone calls.
The response was spectacular and the cards poured
in from Granite Staters,
from preschoolers to Scouts to students to local
VFW Chapters to
NH Governor Sununu and from US Senators Shaheen
and Hassan and Congresswomen Kuster and
Her goal was 5,000 but the final count was close
to 17,000 cards for our Troops!
The cards were boxed up and sent out and arrived
to the Ship the weekend before
Laura promised a WWII
that if she continued the Card Challenge in 2018,
that she would send cards to all five Branches of
A promise is a promise and in the Spring of 2018,
she formed a Nonprofit Corporation,
Holiday Cards 4 Our Military-NH Challenge,
to both spread the word across State Lines and to
allow for tax-exempt donations
as the postage costs were hefty.
Laura's goal was 25,000 cards: 5,000 for each
branch of the military (army, navy, air force,
marines and coast guard).
Laura went to DC and met with Senators Shaheen and
with members from each of the Military Branches,
brainstorming on how to achieve her goals.
She met in NH with Governor Sununu as well as NH
Commissioner of Education, Frank Edleblut.
Department of Education created a YouTube Video
[click on the blue text to view it],
challenging every Student in the State to sign a
Laura visited schools and businesses as well as
religious organizations, VFW Chapters,
Lion and Rotary Clubs, talking with Scouts and
Hospital Marketing Department Staff and anyone who
an interest in sending care and respect to our
Generous Grants from Eversource, Walmart, BAE, and
were awarded and donations from small businesses
and private citizens were received.
WMUR ABC Affiliate, WZID Radio Group and
newspapers around the State
covered the story of the Challenge.
The Associated Press (AP) picked up the story and
word traveled around the Country,
bringing in Cards from Pennsylvania, Washington
DC, Maryland, Colorado North Carolina, and
Veterans groups including Veterans First
Responders Health Care and Strive
jumped on-board as did the First Responders around
the State of NH.
The cards piled in boxes in Laura’s dining room,
totaling close to 50,000
at final count. Laura and her husband Ben
boxed them up and mailed them out to addresses
around the World,
to the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and
all of whom serve to protect our Country’s
freedoms and our safety.
In December of 2018,
Laura traveled again to Washington DC and met with
Senators Shaheen and Hassan and their Staff to
both review the 2018 Challenge
and to make plans for 2019.
She also was honored by an invitation to the
by an Officer in the Air Force Central Command
after their collaboration with the Card Challenge.
Already planning for 2019, Laura started placing
phone calls, writing letters,
and meeting with potential participants directly
after the 2018 Cards were shipped out to the
Cards began to pour in in July and new
partnerships have formed. The messages remain as
heartfelt and genuine as ever, expressing profound
appreciation to our troops. From our youngest
card-signer to our cherished seniors, he Holiday
Card Challenge for our Military has collected
thousands of cards for the coming season.
In 2019, we went national!
Schools and school districts across this great
country are sending Holiday Cards for our Military
to New Hampshire for delivery overseas. Laura's
goal to ignite conversations about our freedom
fighters and sending heartfelt gratitude to our
warriors is being achieved one holiday card at a
Laura's gratitude to all who have joined in with
her is profound and inspires her
to continue on her commitment to letting our
that we here at home are thinking of them
and appreciate their dedication to protecting our
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.
personalized, signed holiday greeting cards
reflect your genuine support and caring,
respect and appreciation of our military
letting them know that they are not alone
during the winter holiday season.
has always believed that it is good to reach
outside ourselves to share appreciation of
others, especially the military. After sending
approximately 70,000 cards to active military
since 2003, we hope that the 2019 Challenge
will double that number !
can be done!
card will bring joy and comfort to one of our
As an added bonus, the Holiday Cards for our Military
Challenge initiative has sparked important
dialogues within families, schools,
and businesses about the role of our
Signing cards often becomes an opportunity
to learn, teach and raise awareness
of the sacrifices that our Troops
make for us here and around the Globe.
Cards for our Military Challenge actively
promotes development of comparable
Challenges elsewhere across the Country and
around the world.
Laura is available to consult with anyone
who is interested in creating a Holiday Card
challenge, whether it takes place at one
family’s holiday table, across a city, a
county or a state!