Send a Valentine to Our Troops
National Handwriting Day is coming up on January 23, but get out those pens now to write a note of thanks or send a Valentine’s Day wish to U.S. troops. The non-profit group amillionthanks.org forwards cards, notes, letters and even emails to military personnel serving at home and abroad, or who may be injured in hospitals.
The deadline for Valentine messages is January 15.
Founded in 2004 by a high school freshman, A Million Thanks quickly reached its goal of sending a million cards to military service members, and to date has sent more than 5 million messages.
Anyone can write a message of thanks and appreciation for the troops’ military service. There are a few rules, though, such as no confetti or glitter, and no negative messages. A complete list of guidelines, as well as sample messages, may be found on the organization’s website.
Take your completed notes to a local drop-off center (click here for locations), or bundle your cards and notes in stacks of 50 and mail them to:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861
The group accepts cards, notes and letters all year, but there are deadlines for holidays. Here’s a complete list:
- Valentines cards and letters: postmarked no later than January 15.
- Memorial Day themed cards: postmarked no later than April 15.
- Fourth of July themed cards: postmarked no later than June 1.
- Thanksgiving cards and letters: postmarked no later than November 1.
- Christmas/holiday cards and letters: postmarked no later than December 1.
This is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for our military personnel, and is a good activity for schools, church groups, families and individuals alike. If you know a service member who would like to receive mail, submit his or her address to AMillionThanks@aol.com