Landerman-Garber handed out Holiday
Cards to her Family at Thanksgiving,
to write messages to our Military
Heroes; it was to be their “ticket
forward to October 2017, when she
became determined to send cards to a
USS Theodore Roosevelt and to each
member of that Navy Aircraft
deployed and out to sea.
learning that there were 5,000 plus
Military Personnel aboard,
the Card Challenge and got word out
through Social Media platforms,
newspaper, and hundreds of phone
response was spectacular and the
cards poured in from Granite
preschoolers to Scouts to students
to local VFW Chapters to
Sununu and from US Senators Shaheen
and Hassan and Congresswomen Kuster
was 5,000 but the final count was
close to 17,000 cards for our
were boxed up and sent out and
arrived to the Ship the weekend
Laura promised a WWII
that if she
continued the Card Challenge in
would send cards to all five
Branches of our Military.
is a promise and in the Spring of
2018, she formed a Nonprofit
Cards 4 Our Military-NH Challenge,
spread the word across State Lines
and to allow for tax-exempt
postage costs were hefty.
goal was 25,000 cards: 5,000 for
each branch of the military (army,
navy, air force, marines and coast
to DC and met with Senators Shaheen
and Hassan and
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
Department of Education created a
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every Student in the State to sign a
visited schools and businesses as
well as religious organizations, VFW
Rotary Clubs, talking with Scouts
Marketing Department Staff and
anyone who expressed
in sending care and respect to our
Grants from Eversource, Walmart,
BAE, and Hannafords
awarded and donations from small
businesses and private citizens were
Affiliate, WZID Radio Group and
newspapers around the State
story of the Challenge.
Associated Press (AP) picked up the
story and word traveled around the
Cards from Pennsylvania, Washington
DC, Maryland, Colorado North
Carolina, and Arkansas.
groups including Veterans First
Responders Health Care and Strive
on-board as did the First Responders
around the State of NH.
piled in boxes in Laura’s dining
totaling close to
count. Laura and her husband Ben
up and mailed them out to addresses
around the World,
to the Air
Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard
and the Army,
all of whom
serve to protect our Country’s
freedoms and our safety.
In December of 2018,
traveled again to Washington DC and
Shaheen and Hassan and their Staff
to both review the 2018 Challenge
and to make
plans for 2019.
was honored by an invitation to the
Officer in the Air Force Central
Command after their collaboration
with the Card Challenge.
planning for 2019, Laura started
placing phone calls, writing
with potential participants directly
after the 2018 Cards were shipped
out to the Troops.
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
In 2019, we went
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 time.
In 2019 Laura shipped
holiday cards to our brave
gratitude to all who have joined in
with her is profound and inspires
on her commitment to letting our
here at home are thinking of them
appreciate their dedication to
protecting our freedoms!
In November, 2019
marshaled the forces.
Friends, neighbors and her
ever-willing husband worked
together to band and box and deliver
over 100,000 holiday cards.
More than 40 moving boxes.
More than one ton of your love and
caring and respect.
This was just the first wave. 60,000
still awaited preparation and
With huge gratitude to the Hollis, NH
(it opened early just to receive our
it took three hours and many thousands
of dollars of postage,
but the cards have been sent.
Many will travel by air and boat and
to be delivered to our noble warriors
in the dangerous places they defend.
None of this could have been possible
without your generous support!
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.
signed holiday greeting cards
reflect your genuine support and
caring, respect and appreciation of
our military heroes,
letting them know
that they are not alone
during the winter
Laura 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
It can be done!
Each card will
bring joy and comfort to one of our
Every Card Counts!
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 military.
often becomes an opportunity to
learn, teach and raise awareness
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
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!