Posted on : Wednesday September 30, 2015
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NEW MADRID, Mo.—Looking for a way to minister to those serving in the armed forces this holiday season? “Friends of Our Troops” will celebrate their 50th anniversary of their letters to the military program, originally known as “Vietnam Mail Call.”

The organization is getting its 2015 season underway. The Maryland leader in the writing the most letters last year was Rawlings United Methodist Church, led by church member Howard Herbert. Herbert said his church wrote 2,000 letters and many folks received responses. The church posted the responses on a bulletin board.

Cards and letters from across the nation are received at the group’s headquarters, where they are mixed and separated into many hundreds of packages to be sent to U.S. military personnel across the U.S. and around the world. Special emphasis is placed on getting as much mail as possible to deployed and overseas-based troops, consistent with the available addresses.

To learn more, write to Friends of Our Troops, P.O. Box 100, New Madrid, MO 63869. Instructions must be requested in advance.