Christmas spirit was alive and well a little early at Joshua Stevens NSDAR chapter’s Nov. 14 meeting at Kuppa Thyme Tea Room & Gift Shop in St. Cloud. Attendees volunteered to write hundreds of Christmas cards to service men and women.
The first 100 will be sent to the USS Nimitz Carrier Group. The other hundred will be mailed to Operation Over There, which focuses on active duty deployed service women. The chapter is supporting a brigade that has 100 women in it. Each group will receive Christmas greetings and candy canes.
Chapter Vice Regent Patricia Whipple organized the endeavor.
“(After the meeting) we were so close to 200, I wrote 24 more so we can send two packages of 100 each. Along with a little candy cane for each one of course!” she said.
Chapter Regent Debra Linn Idom Main said, “Patti had a fun and fantastic idea (to do this). Way to go Joshua Stevens NSDAR chapter!”
One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and several foreign countries. DAR members promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service and more.
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