[UPDATE] Cards for Troops

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

[UPDATE] 7:51 PM

Brad Lawson, the headmaster at Georgia Christian School in Lowndes County, was just a mile away from the pentagon when the plane hit nearly a decade ago.

He was serving in the third U.S. Infantry also known as "The Old Guard".

The crew serves as the army's official ceremonial unit but on that day he was called to action and even helped to pull people from the rubble.

"When the attacks first happened we were extremely angry because the pentagon is the heart of all the branches of service and they struck right at our heart," said Lawson.

But that's something Soldiers' Angels, a non-profit organization, is hoping to help heal.

The group is working to encourage soldiers' spirits with thank you cards.

Marlena Butler started writing troops last year and says she was surprised by the results.

"I got a few responses back from them and it really touched me to think a simple thank you really meant the world to them," said Butler.

The organization says with all that soldiers give up to protect our freedoms, the least we can do is give up a little time to say thank you.
Soldiers' Angels is hosting its second annual Card for Troops event.

Until the fourth of July, residents can drop off thank you cards for wounded, ill and deployed troops.

One organizer says she didn't realize how much a thank you meant until she wrote her first letter.

"It doesn't always mean you have to donate money or items, just a simple thank you really does mean a lot to them," said Marlena Butler.

Butler says they received nearly 500 letters for troops last year.

There are several drop off spots: Valdosta YMCA, Valdosta Mall, Mink Chiropractic Center, VSU Christian Student Center, Valdosta-Lowndes County Library, Sunrise Rotary 5K, Memorial Day 5K and Valdosta 5K.

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