Letters to soldiers campaign restarts

Posted: Monday, October 09, 2006

The city of Soldotna has restarted its Red, White and Blue Program. The program is designed so community members may send letters of encouragement to area soldiers who are serving in all branches of the military

The Soldotna Middle School student council is working in conjunction with the city to organize and restart the campaign that began three years ago.

Community and student response, resulted in almost 10,000 letters being sent to individuals serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the last program. The bulk of the letters came from students.

This is considered a service-learning activity for the SMS student council. Soldotna Mayor and SMS student council adviser Dave Carey will help organize the program with the school.

Through October the group is seeking addresses and names of area soldiers who are serving in any branch of the military.

Beginning in November it anticipates mailing letters on the 15th of each month for the next six months.

Kenai Peninsula Borough residents are asked to send to the names and overseas addresses of family members and loved ones to dcarey@ci.soldotna.ak.us.

Addresses will be kept confidential with names being public and provided for letters to individuals. However, general “Dear Soldier” letters are also accepted.

The city will provide the envelopes and postage for the monthly mailings.

Letters must meet the requirements set by the U.S. government and no packages may be included.

The group also is seeking volunteers willing to be coordinators for each school. Churches, businesses or organizations wishing to participate in the program are asked to call Mayor Carey at Soldotna City Hall at 262-9107.

· What: Letter writing program to soldiers.

· Needed: Names and addresses of peninsula men and women serving in any branch of the military; and letters from community members to send to soldiers.

· Where: E-mail names and addresses to Mayor Carey at dcarey@ci.soldotna.ak.us or call him at 262-9107.

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