SCC Sends More Than 1,000 Cards to Military

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A sampling of the cards made by students from Owsley County Elementary School.
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Kaitlyn Bell and Paige Barron work on their cards as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Bell and Barron are in Ashley Martin’s fourth grade class at Hopkins Elementary School.
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From left, Hannah Burrows, Yazmin Jamison, Kyley Smith and Addison Stephens work on cards to send to military members and their families through the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. All are in Ashley Martin’s fourth grade class at Hopkins Elementary School.
When First Lady Jane Beshear sent an email asking for participation in the American Red Cross 2012 Holiday Mail For Heroes program, Somerset Community College jumped on board to help. In total, more than 1,000 cards were sent on behalf of the college to the American Red Cross for distribution to military members and their families this holiday season.

“We started spreading the word about the event and people immediately wanted to participate,” said Pat McCoy, veterans affairs coordinator at SCC. “We all know a veteran or active military member or their families and sending these cards truly makes a difference in their lives.”

McCoy coordinated the effort on campus and the idea was suggested to her by Ruth Martin, professor of Licensed Practical Nursing at SCC, who thought it would be a good project for the SCC VA club.

McCoy said that several others became involved in the card drive. For example, Donna Eastham, associate professor in Early Childhood Education at SCC, worked with students in Ashley Martin’s fourth grade class at Hopkins Elementary School to create cards. And Kenni Lakes, SCC recruiter, shared the program with her cousin, Owsley County Elementary School teacher Megan Lakes. Megan Lakes and other Owsley County Elementary School students and teachers then made more than 300 cards and sent them to SCC to be mailed.

McCoy said the college plans to participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program again next year. The cards are collected between October and early December and then distributed at military installations, veterans hospitals and in other locations. For more information visit http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail or the American Red Cross YouTube page for videos of the cards being delivered.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website at somerset.kctcs.edu.