Writing Letters To Our Troops: A Million Thanks

Our men and women in the armed forces serve our country tirelessly. Many of them are deployed or stationed far away from their homes and families.

Writing letters to our nation's heroes is a great way for kids to say thanks to those who serve. Shauna Fleming was a kid herself when she started a letter-writing campaign at 15 years old. Her goal was to send one million letters to our troops. Today her organization A Million Thanks has delivered more than 7 million cards and letters to American troops serving worldwide. Our brave men and women truly appreciate receiving letters from the homefront. If your child would like to write a letter to a service member, it can be mailed to:

A Million Thanks 17853 Santiago Blvd.#107-355 Villa Park, CA 92861
A Million Thanks also has more than 50 locations where letters can be dropped off for distribution to the troops. Some things to keep in mind:
  • Send positive, upbeat letters that show appreciation, respect, and gratitude.
  • Be sure to include your return address, but no glitter or confetti!
  • Begin your letter with an appropriate salutation. Our servicemen go by many different titles--soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen, to name a few--so it's best to write "Dear Service Member," "Dear Brave Hero," or even simply "Hello."
  • Don't be discouraged if you don't get a response right away. Our service members are very busy, but they write back when they can!
  • Sending letters on bright, cheery stationery is sure to bring a smile to the faces of our heroes! Contact us for cards, thank you notes, and more.
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