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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Heather needs your help to thank a veteran November 7, 2012

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Heather Weller after delivering thank yous to veterans at the veterans’ home in Fergus Falls in November 2011.

KRISTI WELLER of New York Mills emailed me this morning asking for help in publicizing a project her 14-year-old daughter, Heather, is undertaking for Veterans’ Day.

For the fourth year, Heather is gathering thank you notes for her “Thank a Veteran” program. You can help by writing and emailing a thank you to veteranthankyou@gmail.com. But hurry. Heather is planning to deliver the emails and handwritten cards she’s collected on Sunday, November 11, Veterans’ Day, to veterans’ homes in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota.

This ambitious eighth grader has collected and distributed more than 8,000 thank yous to veterans and soldiers in three years. How great is that?

Kristi sent me a wealth of information, too much really, to share with you. So I’d suggest checking out Heather’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thank-a-Veteran/116200178444473

Buried in the details of Heather’s charitable work for veterans, I found a particularly profound piece of information shared by her mother. Heather has been teaching 30 students in a 4-H Cloverbud class about gratitude for our veterans. The kindergartners through second graders have made thank you cards that Heather will deliver.

And in the process of teaching these young 4-Hers, Kristi says her daughter learned this: “…most of them thought that a veteran was someone who took care of animals. Kind of sad.”

That is why we need passionate youth such as Heather who appreciate and support veterans through projects like “Thank a Veteran,” “Holiday Mail for Heroes,” Quilts of Valor,” “Project New Hope” and more. Heather educates, speaks, promotes, crafts, thanks.

And she’s planning, too, to gather veterans’ stories for the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

Won’t you join Heather in thanking a veteran for his/her service to our country? Again, email your message of gratitude (include your name, town and state) by this Saturday to: veteranthankyou@gmail.com

FYI: To learn more about Heather’s work, click here to read a post I published last November.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photo courtesy of Kristi Weller

 

8 Responses to “Heather needs your help to thank a veteran”

  1. Love her and her GREAT Project – thanks for sharing – Just AMAZING!!!

  2. I just e-mailed a THANK YOU – Thanks for YOUR SERVICE & KEEPING US ALL SAFE!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you for joining Heather’s project by emailing a thank you to veterans. So sweet of you to get on board right away. Readers, would you please follow the example of Craves Adventure.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Will have to check it out tonight after work! Thanks for the “heads up” on this!! Hugs, D

  4. Heather Says:

    Thank you so much to everyone for your support of my project! It only takes a second to thank a veteran, but can make a huge impact!
    Thank you, Audrey, for spreading the word about this. You are wonderful!-Heather

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You are most welcome, Heather. Yours is such a worthy project and I am happy to help spread the word.

      Readers, please participate in Heather’s Thank a Veteran project by writing a thank you to a veteran and emailing to: veteranthankyou@gmail.com

      Be sure to include your name, town and state.


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