Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank-a-Veteran and Operation Holiday Cheer

Many thanks to those of you who brought your children to HRNM this past weekend to make cards for veterans. We also had a class in Great Bridge create cards for us to take, which we greatly appreciate. Today we took those cards to the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Hampton, Virginia, where they will be handed out to patients at the hospital. We had over 80 cards to hand out--in just one weekend!

That brings us to our next project. Operation Holiday Cheer begins this Thursday, November 17, and runs until November 29. This year, our Facebook fans voted for USS Ramage (DDG-61) to receive the cards from HRNM. Visitors to HRNM will have the opportunity to make cards for sailors aboard USS Ramage, which is currently on back-to-back deployments, and will be deployed during the holiday season.

Would you like to create cards and bring them in? Please do! Please feel free to have your class, your family, your business, or your friends make your own cards for us to send with ours.

To participate, there are a few (minor) requirements: 1) The cards must be 8.5" x 11" or smaller. 2) The cards cannot be in separate envelopes. 3) You must contact Laura at laura.l.orr@navy.mil or 757-322-3108 to set up a time to drop off the cards or have her pick them up. 4) All cards must be dropped off at (or picked up by) HRNM by Wednesday, November 30.

We hope you'll consider participating in Operation Holiday Cheer. Our goal is to have enough cards for every sailor on USS Ramage--approximately 300 cards. Please help us out!

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