Help Lakewood 'Thank a Servicemember'

Residents hold up thank-you cards for U.S. troops overseas

Over 4,000 holiday greeting cards for U.S. military servicemembers stationed overseas were collected in 2017 from Lakewood residents, businesses and community groups.

"Thank you to everyone who took the time to write out a holiday greeting,” said Mayor Diane DuBois. “And an extra big thank-you to the people and organizations who collected large numbers of cards.”

“You’ll be brightening someone’s day far, far away in just a few weeks,” said DuBois.

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 holiday postcard that could be used, and people also used their own cards and letters.

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.

Listed below are some of the schools, veterans groups, businesses, churches and community groups that joined the 2017 citywide effort.

We thank this year's partners for their help with this meaningful project:

Alhambra SDA Church

Allison Tutoring

Assembly Member Anthony Rendon

Berkshire Hathaway


Camp Fire Tuhwaki Ahma

Cassidy's Corner Café

Cub Scout Pack 658

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Long Beach Resident Agency

Ferrer Martial Arts Academy

Girl Scout Troop #1923

Gompers K-8 School

Lakewood Gardens Civic Association

Lakewood Jaycees

Lakewood Women's Club

Long Beach Alliance Church

McDonald's, 2707 Carson St, Lakewood 

McDonald's, 4848 Woodruff Ave., Lakewood 

McDonald's, 5739 Bellflower Blvd., Lakewood 

McDonald's, 4910 Lakewood Blvd., Lakewood 

MOMS Club of Lakewood

St. Pancratius

West Lakewood Baptist Church