Some people complain about sending holiday cards.
However, others, like the Keuka College faculty, staff and students who took part in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, cherish the experience.
Some 570 members of the College community signed cards that could be sent to veterans and active-duty service personnel at Fort Drum, Togus VA Medical Center, Camp Leatherneck, Sigonella Naval Air Station, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other U.S. military installations or hospitals.
“This is the time of year where we can recognize those that may not be able to spend the holidays with their friends and family,” said Paulette Willemsen, secretary in the Divison of Social Work. “This is something we can do to help bring them some holiday cheer.”
The College campaign was sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s (SAC) Events Committee, co-chaired by Willemsen and BJ Hill, office manager for student affairs.
“We wanted to recognize active service members as well as veterans,” said Michelle Radcliffe, administrative assistant in the Center for Global Education and member of the Events Committee, who indicated that “our campus is home to several active-duty service members and veterans.”
Sandy Miller, instructional resource coordinator in the Wertman Office of Distance Education and committee member, wanted to participate because “Keuka promotes community involvement and experiential education, and we thought this was good way to do both.”
Those who took part were asked to write a short message and sign their name on a card, said Hill.
“This is a good way to let our servicemen and women know that we remember them at the holidays,” she said.
Senior Melissa Garcia agrees.
“It is good to show the troops that they are not forgotten during the holiday season, and that we appreciate them,” said the ASL-English interpreting major from Keuka Park.
In addition to writing messages and signing their names, many members of the campus community donated cards.