AMVETS Post 26 Christmas Card Collection Now Underway

  • 10/10/2017 1:49:19 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - It may be October but the holidays will soon be here and AMVETS Post 26 in Mansfield is now underway with its annual Christmas Cards For Our Troops drive.

It's an endeavor undertaken by the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, one that's done as a labor of love.

For many years now, AMVETS Post 26 Ladies Auxiliary have been collecting Christmas cards to be sent to troops across the globe.

Ladies Auxiliary President Julie Wilcox has been in charge of it for the past four years.

"We collect Christmas cards and send them to an organization in Missouri that does mail for our troops, they've been doing it for over 50 years," Wilcox says. "And these cards are collected throughout the community, Richland County and even beyond the state of Ohio has been sent into our organization. We package them, we send them to Missouri and then they are distributed to troops across the world." 

Wilcox says not only does the AMVETS membership contribute greatly to the drive, but students from schools like Madison, Clear Fork, Shelby and the Pioneer Career Center and area churches get involved, making it an entire community effort.

"Caesarea Baptist Church in Mansfield is our No. 1 contributors to our Christmas card drive, last year they were the No. 3 church in the nation to contribute 5,000 cards," Wilcox says. "Last year, 2016, we were at 10,954 cards and 2015 we were over 7,000 cards, and in 2014 we were just over 2,000 cards and each year we try to build that to an even bigger number.

Wilcox also has a special reason why she looks forward to the drive every year.

"My son is in the military and he has spent many holidays away from family and getting mail from home was always something to look forward to,' Wilcox says. "I've talked to a lot of military members who say mail from home, packages, letters, cards, anything, is so exciting to get when you're not with because you know you're still thought of. And it is an exciting thing to share with your buddies when you're away from home."

Wilcox says she loves the fact the community can come together to show the troops everywhere they are thought of, respected and she thanks them for their service, for everything they do for the country and without them, she says we wouldn't have what we have today.

If you would like to give Christmas cards for the drive or would like to make a monetary donation, they can be dropped off at AMVETS Post 26 at 1100 West Fourth Street or you can contact Julie Wilcox at 419-631-5150 to make arrangements for pick up.

Cards are collected through October and need to be signed, unsealed and have a return address on the outside of the envelope.

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