Help Lakewood 'Thank a Servicemember'

Thank a Servicemember 2018 card

Since the launch of the City of Lakewood's 'Thank a Servicemember' campaign in 2014, more than 23,000 cards, letters and even hand-drawn pictures for U.S. military servicemembers stationed overseas have been collected from Lakewood residents, businesses and community groups.

This is the fifth year that the City of Lakewood has organized the holiday greeting effort as a show of appreciation for U.S. servicemembers. Each year, the city designs a special postcard for the effort, and people are welcome to use or create their own cards, letters and drawings. The City will send all submissions to servicemembers overseas through the military support group, Operation Gratitude.

The annual campaign launches on Patriot Day, September 11 and concludes in mid-December.

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? Visit the Get Involved tab for how to get started. Here are some tips on preparing your note of appreciation, too.

You can drop off your card or letter at City Hall or around town at libraries and community centers, as well as designated partner locations. See the list of locations and all of our caring partners in this important effort at the Partners and Drop-Off Locations tab.