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8th ‘Holiday for Heroes’ Card Project Intended to Thank Oklahoma Veterans Featured

Written by  Sunday, 10 December 2017 23:26
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OKLAHOMA CITY – For the eighth consecutive year, Christmas cards – many of them handmade by Oklahoma school children – will be delivered to Oklahoma veterans and hospitalized military personnel.


The cards will be delivered prior to Christmas Day to residents at all seven state veterans’ centers and to military personnel who’ve been admitted to Fort Sill’s Reynolds Army Hospital and to the Oklahoma City VA Hospital. The seven Oklahoma centers are in Ardmore, Claremore, Clinton, Lawton, Norman, Sulphur and Talihina.


“This is a fantastic way to thank our veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Joe Dorman, a former state legislator who launched the “Holiday for Heroes” program in Oklahoma in 2010. It started as a class project at the middle school in Rush Springs, Dorman’s hometown.


“We’re doing our part to inspire school kids to respect our veterans and to remember these heroes during the holidays,” Dorman said.


In the first year the program was officially promoted, 500 cards from across Oklahoma were collected and delivered to Fort Sill. The program has multiplied since then. Almost 6,000 holiday cards were delivered last year to veterans throughout the state, and 8,237 cards were distributed the year before, Dorman said.


Public schools are urged to participate in the program.


“Here’s a special opportunity for Oklahoma schoolchildren to help send holiday cards to our military men and women recovering at Fort Sill, to veterans at our seven state retirement facilities and to the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City,” said State School Supt. Joy Hofmeister. “Our veterans and active duty service members have given us the gift of freedom, and I encourage our students to give back to them during this special time of year.”


Initially only school children were asked to participate. “We’ve had schools from across the country make and send cards for this worthwhile project,” said Dorman, chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.
However, because of growing interest, invitations to participate in the program have been extended to Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and "anybody else who wants to help bring holiday cheer to our military personnel," Dorman said.
Adults, too, have contributed to the program, Dorman said. The Methodist Church class of former state legislator Jerry Ellis of Valliant sent cards one year, and the residents of a nursing home contributed handmade Christmas stockings another year, Dorman related.


The cards should be mailed by 18 December to:

Holiday for Heroes, ℅ Joe Dorman
P.O. Box 559
Rush Springs, OK 73082

 

Dorman also can be reached at 405) 236-KIDS (5437).

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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