7,000 cards sent to deployed military members

Submitted Photos Tech. Sgt. Christopher Sirotkin, noncommissioned officer in charge of command support staff for the 91st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, and his team took the lead in sending thousands of cards as part of the “Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge.” This year, Minot gathered 7,000 cards that were sent to military personnel who are deployed during the holidays, according to Minot Air Force Base information. The “Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge” was started by Laura Landerman-Garber as a family tradition 17 years ago and has developed into a national challenge to send holiday cards to deployed troops every December. In 2019 they sent 175,000 cards to deployed military members across all five branches. Despite the global pandemic, people from over 30 states have been sending in tens of thousands of cards to show their appreciation and send some holiday cheer to all those deployed. The cards come signed by people of all ages, ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens. They come from people of all walks of life, such as small business owners, senators, governors, as well as veterans and active-duty military. Photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Jan Valle.


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