Kids Send Holiday Letters to Soldiers Overseas

Letters from kids back home, on the wall at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan

Nadia Davis appreciates what the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces do.

“They’re serving to protect our country,” said Nadia, an eighth-grader at Clairton Middle School in Clairton, Pennsylvania, in an interview with the McKeesport Daily News.

That’s why she and her classmates wrote letters to service members who could not make it home for the holidays this year.

“It gives (the troops) a good feeling that they’re appreciated for what they do,” said Nadia’s reading teacher, Linda Withrow, in an interview with McKeesport reporter Michael DiVittorio.

All across the country, kids have been sending holiday cards and thank you notes to soldiers, sailors, pilots and Marines – people they probably don’t even know.

“We made cards for our soldiers to wish them a Merry Christmas,” said 8-year-old Gavin Lin, a third-grader at Woodland Elementary School in Milford, Massachusetts, in an interview with the Milford Daily News, “because they can’t go home and see their family.”

And even though those letters might go to total strangers, they’re not unappreciated – far from it.

“It makes you feel really good,” said Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Michael Demarco, in an interview with Milford reporter Jessica Trufant.

“It makes you realize people care,” added Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Angela Stacks.

The kids feel much the same.

“It was the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life,” said Kailee Souza, a third-grader at the Center Driver School in Orrington, Maine, in an interview with Bangor, Maine, TV station WABI.  “(And) I thought that if these veteran letters would make them smile, then it would be the best part of their life.”

For the men and women serving in such far-flung places as Afghanistan, it can be the best part of their lives.

“(The soldiers) will read every single one of them,” Stacks told the Milford Daily News.  “They will hang them up.  Pilots will put them in their aircraft.”

“It’s a really good feeling,” Airman First Class Kyle O’Connell told WABI reporter Carolyn Callahan, “knowing that people support what you do.”