Thursday, October 18, 2012


Hey yall!
I wanted to talk to you a little bit about something I hold near and dear to my heart....our troops.
There are hundreds of thousands of soldiers overseas each year, and you would be surprised at the amount that do not receive any letters from home. They spend the holidays away from their families in order to protect our freedoms. They put their lives on the line every single day, and I find it heartbreaking that so many of them go without words of encouragement.
Last year, my class became involved with a local Atlanta radio station to write letters to soldiers overseas. The show is called The Bert Show and they asked people everywhere to get involved. They called this The Big Thank You.
The Big Thank You – We Need Your Help To Thank Our Troops Overseas!
The goal of this campaign is for every single soldier to get a handwritten letter for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays. Last year they sent out over 405,000 letters!
It is so easy to get involved with this campaign! Many teachers may already have their students write letters to the troops for Veterans Day or Memorial Day anyway. It really only takes a few minutes and means the world to a lonely soldier.
Want to get involved???
I just know that all of you amazing bloggers/teachers out there can help spread the word about this I decided to start a linky party! What better way to spread the love, right?
Here's how to get involved:
*Have your students write a handwritten letter to a soldier. The letter should be written on an 8.5 x 11 size paper. It can be front and back, but please only 1 page. There can be drawings as well, but no photographs. Also, the letter should be free of any glue, tape, staples, cardboard, or glitter. Feel free to include your mailing address or email address. Some soldiers like to write back!
*DO NOT SEAL INDIVIDUAL LETTERS! Bundle the letters together in groups of 50, 100, or 250. These should be held together with 2 rubber bands-one lengthwise and one widthwise. If you have less than 50 letters, fashion them together with a paperclip. The top page of each submission should clearly indicate the amount of letters being sent.
*You can send your letters to a variety of places. There are 3 addresses listed below that are accepting letters.
All the Hits Q100 Atlanta
780 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Fifth Floor
Atlanta, GA 30342
i106 WNFN
10 Music Circle East
Nashville, TN 37203
Indy's i94
6810 North Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
*Get your whole school involved! Last year, my school sent over 400 letters!
But HURRY, because the deadline to get the letters in is November 2!!!
Now, I know that doesn't give you much time, but it really will only take maybe 10 minutes or so to have your students write these letters. The radio station needs to make sure that they have all the letters by November 2 in order to ensure their delivery by Thanksgiving.
I hope you will ALL participate in this great linky! If you link up below, you are pledging to join the campaign! Please copy the picture below to share in your post and SPREAD THE WORD, PEOPLE!!!
For more information on The BIG Thank You, please check out this website!


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