Duluth to collect ‘thank you’ letters for military

With troops overseas, it’s not always easy to share your gratitude for their work.

Starting today, the city of Duluth and Berkmar High School have joined The Bert Show’s “The Big Thank You 2013” write a letter for the military campaign. The two entities are asking for support from the community.

“We think it is important because it displays our unwavering support for their service,” Duluth’s Administrative Assistant Lori Edelkind said.

There is a drop box for letters at Duluth’s Public Safety Facility at 3276 Buford Highway until Nov. 1. Berkmar is collecting letters through Oct. 31 and can be dropped off at school located at 405 Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn.

Edelkind heard about the campaign while listening to “The Bert Show” on the radio and thought it would be a good fit for her community.

“I thought it would be a great idea to get the city involved because my cousin, Tony Collier, has served proudly as a Marine and is now a retired veteran,” she said. “We also have a bailiff here, Ernest Brown, who is a retired Marine and served during Vietnam. The city of Duluth prides itself on the support of the military and I wanted to honor their service to our country. What better way than, The Bert Show’s campaign the ‘Big Thank You.’”

Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. Duluth reserves the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

“I hope that the military personnel get a sense of well-being and a continuing sense of worth in knowing that the citizens of this country support our servicemen and women and in all branches of the military,” Edelkind said.

Some of the rules include:

• All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller.

• Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper.

• No construction paper.

• Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils.

• Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only.

• Do not send greeting cards or photographs.

• Feel free to include your mailing and email address.

• Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.

•Do not send anything except letters.

For more information, visit thebertshow.com/bigthankyou/. For Duluth questions, email Edelkind at ledelkind@duluthga.net. For Berkmar, email Patty Robbins at Pattyrobbins540@gmail.com.