Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Help Heather thank our veterans November 7, 2011

A young boy peruses the pavers at the Rice County Veterans Memorial in Faribault on September 11.

SOMETIMES I HEAR SNIPPETS of news that truly touch me.

Take the piece I caught today about 13-year-old Heather Weller of New York Mills. For the past two years, she’s made and collected thank you notes to share with veterans on Veterans Day. She’s engaged classmates, family, friends and even strangers in her “Thank a Veteran” project.

Heather has hand-delivered the thank you notes to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls where her great uncle, Korean War veteran Philip Andrie, lived until his death on Christmas Day 2010.

Now, with only days remaining before Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, Heather put out this plea yesterday on her Facebook page:

I’m feeling sad… I have hardly received any Thank you e-mails yet this year. PLEASE just a quick second to e-mail a thank you! Whats a few seconds compared to years of sacrifices that our Veterans made for us?
It is important to Thank our Veterans all year around but right now I especially work on my e-mail campaign to collect as many Thank yous as possible to take the Veterans Homes for Veterans Day. Please send an e-mail thank you to veteranthankyou@gmail.com or to kristiweller@yahoo.com or leave a message on this page by November 9th. I will take the messages to Veterans Homes on Nov 11th. It so important to remind our Veterans & their families that they are Never forgotten! Thank you!

Will you help by leaving a message on Heather’s Facebook page or e-mailing a thank you note that she will deliver to veterans? Heather would like these messages by Wednesday, November 9.

Click here to go to Heather’s “Thank a Veteran” Facebook page.


4 Responses to “Help Heather thank our veterans”

  1. ceciliag Says:

    Wow, i bet heather is going to be unbeatable when she is 14, a very determined little girl ..Good for her. Wonderful idea.. c

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      My sentiments exactly. If Heather is doing this type of thing already at such a young age, you can only imagine what she will accomplish in her lifetime.

  2. Thank you for the kind words about Heathers project! She is very passionate about it! She has lots more ideas for the future.
    Kristi Weller- her proud Mom!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I’m happy to pass this info along to the readers of Minnesota Prairie Roots. Readers, look for an update on Heather’s Veterans Day project. Kristi filled me in on how things went this Veterans Day.

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