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Community Event Spot - Letter Writing

Celebrate this year’s community service event at home by writing thank you letters to heroes.

Sticking Together for a Cause

Write a Letter or Draw a Picture to Appreciate Our Heroes!

Organizations such as Operation Gratitude and Support Our Troops® send hundreds of thousands of cards, letters, and drawings each year to Deployed Troops, Veterans, Recruit Graduates, First Responders, and Wounded Heroes & their Caregivers. Older students can write a card or letter of appreciation, while the younger students can draw a picture! Writing a letter or drawing a picture is a meaningful way for Americans to show their support for all who serve. It will only take five minutes of your day but will bring lasting joy to the hero recipients. Once you’ve finished your card, letter, or drawing, use one of the links above, and these organizations will send them on to their final destination.

Please note that ACS will not be accepting letters directly.

It’s time to have fun! Here are some letter writing and picture drawing tips:

  • Start with a salutation relevant to who you are writing. For example, Dear Veteran/First Responder/Caregiver, etc.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you are praying for them is wonderful. Remember to be positive, thankful, respectful, kind, and encouraging.
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
  • Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
  • Please do not include a date or year on your letters or drawings.
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the recipient can reply. (Please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
  • Children: Use first names only and no addresses, please.
  • Can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kid’s drawings with their age. No glitter or confetti, please!
  • Please do not put cards or letters in individual envelopes; all letters go through an inspection process before they are sent to their final destination.
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