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.