Spread Holiday Cheer Across Seas

Write American heroes some holiday cards

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Spread Holiday Cheer Across Seas

Show appreciation for armed forces and make some holiday cards

Amanda Petty

The sisters of Sigma Beta Chi and the brothers of Nu Sigma Phi are making an effort to bring the holiday spirit to those in armed forces, and invite the rest of the Kean community to join them. 

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the sorority and fraternity duo will host Holiday Mail for Heroes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC) atrium.

The two Greek organizations paired up because they “thought sending these cards would be a reminder of appreciation and support,” stated Victoria Kimberlin, vice president of Sigma Beta Chi and junior sociology and elementary education double major. “We want our heroes to know they are loved this holiday season." 

Holiday Mail for Heroes is a campaign coordinated by the American Red Cross. During this time of year, people are asked to take time and make cards for those involved in the military. Cards are not only for those currently serving the country, but those on the mend in military hospitals, veterans and their families as well. The cards will be distributed to those in the United States and stationed in foreign countries.

"It’s important to stop and think of those who are not as fortunate as we are. Unfortunately, many of our troops must spend the holidays away from their loved ones,” Kimberlin said. “[We] decided we should show them our appreciation and love by getting together and creating mail for our heroes. They put their lives on the line for us, and they deserve the warmest of holiday wishes sent their way."

Both organizations need the help of the Kean community to meet their goal: 200 holiday cards. All supplies will be provided. Simply show up, grab some paper and markers and make a few cards.

Students all around campus are focused on putting last minute touches on school assignments before happily embracing winter break and spending much needed time relaxing with friends and family. But not everyone in the world can say the same. Some people are away from their loved ones during this season meant to be filled with joy. The individuals of the Kean community are encouraged to take some time to thank those serving the country through some card making.

"Many of our family members have served or are active duty in our military," Kimberlin stated. "This project is near and dear to our organizations' hearts and we appreciate our fellow Kean [University] students' support. We hope that our holiday mail brings joy to our heroes hearts this holiday season."

about the author

Amanda Petty is double majoring in English-writing and communication studies while also pursuing a minor in marketing. Amanda has been a member of The Cougar's Byte, as an Editor and now Senior Editor, since Fall 2014. In her senior year at Kean University, she is excited to strive after a career in book publishing. The ultimate goal is to go into the editorial department, ideally working with young adult fiction.