Veterans receive cards of holiday joy

December 23, 2013 by  

The USS North Carolina Battleship located in Wilmington, southeast of Fayetteville, is working with several organizations this year to send out cards to veterans in VA hospitals throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia. No doubt a variety of printing services are being used to make more people aware of this project, which sends cheer to veterans during the holiday season.

The initiative started in 2006 as a senior high school project called Battleship Family Fun time by Kelly Patterson of Laney School. She was assisted by the Battleship North Carolina Museum Department and was able to send out more than 160 Christmas cards to veterans in the Fayetteville hospital during the first weekend in December. Kim Mintz and Kim Sincox, who have now been working on the project for 4½ years, also helped Patterson at the time. Mintz asked those in her church to make cards while Sincox worked with children from Silverdale Elementary School.

According to Heather Loftin, who is now working with Sincox and Shelly Robinson on the project, it is now mostly school children who are making the cards. Sincox said that a card-making station is set up on the mess decks of the battleship. There are simple decorations, crayons, and construction paper. Visitors who come to the ship are also asked to participate.

Loftin commented that sometimes this is the only card, piece of mail, or example of holiday spirit that some of the veterans receive, and it is worth the time spent making these cards for them.