Monday, November 26, 2007

A Thank You Letter for Every Soldier!

About a month ago, The Bert Show, All the Hits Q100's morning show, decided to embark upon an ambitious campaign that would allow every deployed soldier from the US to receive a handwritten thank you letter on Thanksgiving Day. Not a small feat. They announced their idea on the air and then realized we only had about two weeks to get the letters in -- and they needed 375,000!! They knew that some soldiers never received any mail during their deployment, so their hope was to ensure that everyone in the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines received something personal from home on the day of thanks.

Over the next few weeks, it was unbelievable to see how Atlanta pulled together to get this done. Letters poured in from elementary schools, colleges, churches, large corporations, small businesses, the governor's headquarters, and many, many individuals took the time to sit down, put pen to paper, and just say thank you. I wrote some letters, as did a few of my colleages, and even Maya said she wrote a nice letter with a drawing.

The goal of this mission was not political, and any letters that included such undertones were removed from the bunches. The goal was simply to give every man and woman overseas a small piece of home and to let our troops know that we're grateful for their efforts and that someone in Atlanta is thinking of them.

And amazingly, we achieved that goal!

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