DRAFFENVILLE - While most local families are busily planning meals complete with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, early morning shopping trips on Black Friday and preparing to hang the stockings by the chimney with care, somewhere in the world a soldier is fighting just to stay alive.
It’s that thought that moved the Marshall County High School's Young Americans for Freedom Club to take an afternoon to sit down and write a few dozen soldiers a letter from home just in time for the holidays.
Club President Sarah Telle said, “We really wanted to do something for the soldiers here at the holidays. They don’t get to come home and spend time with their families like we do and we just wanted them to know how much we appreciate the sacrifices they are making for us.”
The students chose to participate in a letter writing project, coordinated through ‘A Million Thanks.org.’
Students pulled out their Christmas cards and did more than just write a few lines saying ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays,’ they engaged the soldiers in conversation about what they themselves are planning to do this holiday season, a gesture the students say they hope makes the men and women feel like they are opening a little piece of home.
The students completed the cards on Wednesday afternoon, which must be post-marked by Dec. 1 to reach the troops in time. This follows the recent 9/11 project completed by the group, furthering their mission which they describe as being one of “promoting awareness for local emergency responders and soldiers." Telle said the club plans to continue completing projects which support that mission statement adding, "We feel it is our job to come together as a community and support them.”
If you are interested in helping to support the Young Americans for Freedom Club or would like the group to assist with a related community service project, please contact Sarah Telle at