What started as a small family tradition has turned into a full-blown nonprofit which will send 100,000 cards to US troops this holiday season.
How did it all get started? Founder, Laura Landerman-Garbe, can sum it up in 3 words, “I’m a grandmother”. She told CNN,
“The thought of someone being away at a time when in our culture, in American culture particularly, the holidays are all about gathering together… for me, I wanted to be able to reach out and just maybe give a little bit of a bridge so that person who is far away feels a little tiny bit closer to home.”
While she is a grandmother, Landerman-Garbe is also a full-time clinical psychologist from New Hampshire and runs her “passon project” in her spare time. This year, Holiday Cards for Our Military Challenge, is sending out an incredible 100,000 cards to all five branches of the US military stationed all over the world.
Check out the video on YouTube from WZDX news showing how the cards transform her home in preparation for the massive mailout.