Have a little extra merry this Christmas to share?

Star Herald collects greeting cards for military personnel
Star Herald Editorial

Winterfest weekend was another proud moment for Luverne residents to showcase holiday spirit and a respect for the meaning of Christmas.

In particular, the “Love the Light” Christmas at the city park was a grand finale to the already great Winterfest weekend.

If you haven’t had a chance to take in the lighted displays, they’ll be up through Jan. 5 and are definitely worth a slow drive through the park.

One of the lighted displays is the Star Herald’s, and it represents our mission to get hundreds of greeting cards in the hands of our deployed military personnel around the world.

So far we’re at nearly 100, and we’re hoping to get more names and addresses of our local soldiers to mail them to.

If you haven’t already done it, you can drop off a card at our office or in the drop box of our lighted display at the park and we’ll make sure it gets sent to someone who needs a day-brightener.

Check out the ad in today’s Star Herald for more details on our greeting card drive.

In addition to mailing cards to our local service men and women, we’ll collect the cards each week and send them off to Military Missions, which will put the cards in care packages. They send out about 8,000 care packages a year so they need about 80,000 cards.

If you have a family member serving in the military that you would like us to send cards to, please send us their name and address and we’ll make sure those cards get mailed directly from here.

Do not put cards in envelopes. Do not use glitter (it gets on the uniforms). You may use greeting cards, or better yet, make your own.

Start your card with “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Friend.”

 Be positive and upbeat. Be thankful. Feel free to share a little information about yourself like hobbies, pets, and what state you’re from.

Avoid political statements, avoid lengthy religious discussions, but be sure to let them know they’re in your thoughts at Christmas.

Don’t date your cards, because they will be sent out all year long.

Help us make Christmas merrier for those who can’t be home for the holidays. Call 507-283-2333 with questions.


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