*2023* 2023*2023*. A BIG YEAR for the HOLIDAY CARDS 4 OUR MILITARY CHALLENGE!!
Our 20th year of signing cards! Our 5th year since forming our 501c3 nonprofit! We will be sending out our 1 MILLIONTH card in 2023, noting that 995,00 of those have been sent out in the last 5 years!
A FEW FACTS:
2003: The Landerman-Garber Familiy established a new holiday tradition to write holiday cards of gratitude to our Troops every Thanksgiving. Writing the cards was their “Ticket for Turkey!” For 14 year, the family , neighbors, and friends created cards of holiday cheer and sent them to Troops and Veterans, totaling approximately 5,000 Cards!
2017: The Holiday Card Challenge was formed and 17,000 cards were sent to the USS Theodore Roosevelt! An amazing and certainly unexpected outpouring of community support for our Warriors! A conversation was had with a WW2 Marine who made Laura promise to send cards to all Branches if she continued this passion project!
2018: The 501c3 Nonprofit “HOLIDAY CARDS 4 OUR MILITARY NH CHALLENGE” was formed and from there, the story is one of legends, how one small idea and dream can grow in to an international effort to support our Troops, Veterans, and Military Families through the simple gift of a greeting card.
2018-2023 Facing a global Pandemic, complex challenges across the Country and so much more, the Holiday Card Challenge Community bonded together and had a laser vision of our mission; that is, we are all going to support our Warriors and their families, letting them know that we are thinking about them, grateful for their Service, and that we collectively are going to both send a “taste” of home and act as a “bridge” to home no matter their location.
#everycard counts and #ittakesavillage have become two core beliefs within the Holiday Card Community! Americans (Canadians, Mexicans, and Europeans!) have jumped in to write cards, to volunteer in countless ways for hundreds of hours, have financially partnered with us, joined the Sponsored-A -Box Program, held events to promote the mission, and have embraced the #dogoodfeelgood philiposphy!
Has it been a wild ride as they say? Yes! Is it surreal to meet World Leaders and International Celebrities? Yes! Is it stunning to literally see ONE MILLION cards over the years? You bet! But the very best part of this journey is our Holiday Card Community, all you have poured your heart into it, have given more hours than I can count, have donated your hard earned money, have spread the word of gratitude and community service in your own way, and have joined in to decrease the airspace between our Warriors and all of us, giving them our care, support, and gratitude
LETS GET THIS 2023 HOLIDAY CARD CHALLENGE PARTY STARTED!
Please join us to make this a banner year! Your cards will touch hearts and bring smiles and your donations and partnerships will make it all happen and get the job done!!