At the end of November, the New Haven FCA was donated approximately 100 Christmas cards. These cards were sent out to alumni from New Haven High School that are currently serving in our armed forces. The identities of the veterans who received cards have been kept anonymous for privacy and safety reasons.
The cards were passed out to various classrooms and students were then instructed, and gratefully willing, to help write the cards. Students were encouraged to profess their well wishes and Christmas blessings.
Students were instructed not to write in cursive, curse, talk of war or families, or address the letter to a specific servicemember; however, they were urged to openly express their gratitude towards our veterans.
Mrs. Laune, FCA leader, stated, “I think it is extremely important to honor and remember our former students that are serving, because they may not be with their families this holiday season. I feel our [former] students will [be] surprised and delighted to know that our students are thinking of them during the Christmas season.”
Students and members of our community who’d like to get involved are more than welcome to express their own appreciation in the cards by reaching out to the local chapter of the American Legion.
Mrs. Laune stressed, “I feel that the students need to express their own words of gratitude in the cards and for their cards to reflect how grateful we are to all those that serve.”
Students are also encouraged to reach out to a nonprofit organization, such as A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude. These organizations are both designed to provide support and show appreciation to our active and veteran military men and women through sending letters and granting betterment of life wishes, as well as to provide higher education scholarships to their children.
Thank you, FCA, for being so wholehearted to think of our servicemen and women this holiday season.
And thank you to all of our veterans; you are our heroes!