THE Beaudesert RSL sub-branch has held another successful Christmas card drive to send seasons greetings to serving members of the Australian Defence Force and let them know their service is appreciated.
RSL Women’s Auxilliary secretary Joanne Heit said the annual project was conceived last year after a local resident donated a large number of blank Christmas cards to the sub-branch.
“We contacted primary schools in the area to ask if their students would be interested in writing Christmas messages to veterans serving overseas,” she said.
‘Last year the cards we sent weighed 14 kilograms in total and we received fantastic feedback from the veterans.
“One troop even sent a photo of a Christmas tree they made with all the cards and they sent us a magnet as a memento of where they were serving.
Ms Heit said this year even more businesses and people had donated cards, more schools had participated compared to last year and the cards definitely made the holidays easier to bear for service men and women who are far away from family and friends at Christmas.
“The kids are really good with writing messages and saying thank you to the soldiers for serving the country they live in,” Ms Heit said.
“Reading some of those hand-written messages really touches your heart.
“Most of the cards are sent from students in grades three to six but at some of the smaller schools, the younger kids draw pictures on the cards instead of writing.”
She said this year has been even more successful than last year, with about 2,500 cards weighing 16 kilograms already on their way to Australian troops all over the world.
”We’ve already started collecting cards for next Christmas,” she said.
“So anyone who has leftover blank Christmas and wants to donate them, can drop them at the Beaudesert RSL sub-branch or even at reception at the RSL Club.”