Christmas Cards For Troops

Over ten thousand soldiers will open a Christmas card from someone at New River this year.  The Veterans Affairs office gathered 10,276 Christmas cards from schools, churches and veterans groups in the area  to send to the soldiers.  Several classes and student groups from New River also contributed.  New River began participating in Cards For Troops in 2001 and every year the amount of cards has increased.  This year’s event began in October with a kickoff celebration in Edwards hall and it ended on November 25th when the cards were shipped to troops and 52 cards were sent to The Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Ms. Pat McPeak of the Veterans Affairs Office at New River related a story from a past card drive in the student lounge.  “One year a young lady said ‘can I put just a little of my perfume on this card?’  I said yes. About two years later the married couple came by to introduce them[selves] to me… [and] it was her”.  McPeak also mentions that the Early Learning Center often receives responses from their Christmas cards.

About Sarah Polan

Sarah Polan entered New River Community College in the summer of 2008 at age 16 after being homeschooled her entire life. She had already been a member of the Roanoke Times "Edge" staff for two years at that point. Sarah came to New River with the dream of rebuilding the long forgotten school newspaper and with the help and encouragement of Janet Hanks and the IT staff, the online Knight Rider was born. Sarah has served as editor and contributing writer for three semesters and continues to coordinate and produce the e-paper biweekly. She also edits an on-line national publication for the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Venturing division and will be contributing an article to the nationally published Scouting magazine blog. She has also provided a student blog post to the student organization VA21. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling in search of her dream college which she will transfer to next year.
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