Over 20,000 cards, letters and even hand-drawn pictures for U.S. military servicemembers stationed overseas were collected in the last three years from Lakewood residents, businesses and community groups.
The cards were donated by individuals and organizations who took the time to write a personal message or even hand-make a greeting to brighten the day of servicemembers stationed overseas.
This is the fourth year in a row that the City of Lakewood has organized the holiday greeting effort as a show of appreciation for U.S. servicemembers. The city designed a special postcard available free at drop-off locations for people to use, and some also provided their own cards and letters with words of encouragement.
Lakewood was founded in the 1950s largely by young World War II and Korean War veterans and their families, and an appreciation for military service has been a continuing value in the city for decades since.
It's no surprise that Lakewood residents gave a big positive response to the city’s call to join the “Thank a Servicemember” holiday postcard and letter-writing campaign.
Want to help? Go to the Get Involved tab for tips on getting your group involved, or visit Partners/Drop Off Locations to see where you can bring cards you've made or where to get free ones. For help on what to write, visit the Letter Writing Tips page.