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'Thank a Servicemember' cards due December 11

'Thank a Servicemember' cards due December 11

Lakewood’s 2018 Thank a Servicemember campaign invites the community's help to remember the sacrifice of U.S. troops serving far from home and family. The deadline for collecting cards and delivering them to City Hall is Tuesday, December 11.

Holiday greetings and letters of thanks to U.S. troops deployed overseas are being collected now at City Hall and other locations around town. Free Lakewood commemorative postcards are available to fill out, or people may drop off their own cards or letters (please, no envelopes) in the bright blue boxes at the locations below:

• Lakewood City Hall (5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood)
• The Centre (5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood)
• Burns Community Center (5510 Clark Avenue, Lakewood)
• Weingart Senior Center (5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood)
• Palms Community Center (12305 207th Street, Lakewood)
• Angelo M. Iacoboni Library (4990 Clark Avenue, Lakewood)
• George Nye, Jr. Library (6600 Del Amo Boulevard, Lakewood)

Some of our community partners will accept cards as well. See the list of partners who have agreed to be a drop-off location at

Scout groups, youth groups and schools are encouraged to organize card collections, too.  Group collections must be counted and delivered to City Hall along with a special transmittal form. Organizers may visit or call 562-866-9771, extension 2125 for details.

“You can help,” said Lakewood Mayor Steve Croft. “Take the time to fill out a card and drop it in a collection box. We may not know their faces or their names, but we should take every opportunity to thank our military personnel for all they do for us.”

Not sure what to write? Here are some tips:

• Start your letter with a salutation, such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One"
• Express your thanks for their selfless service
• Avoid politics completely and religion in excess, however saying you pray for them is wonderful
• Share a little about yourself, your hobbies and life back home
• Adults: Include your contact information so the servicemember may reply
• Children: First names only and no addresses (put the age of the child on any drawings made)
• Handmade cards with drawings are welcome – but do not use glitter - and no larger than letter size (8.5" x 11").
• Please, no envelopes! Cards and letters only.

The city will send all submissions collected to U.S. servicemembers overseas through the military support group, Operation Gratitude.

“As the holidays approach, it’s time to remember that there are those who are away from their families working hard to protect us and our freedoms," said Croft. "Let them know you appreciate the sacrifices and the risks that they endure.”