Proving that the Christmas spirit seems to be year-round in Carson Valley, scores of readers responded to a request for used holiday cards to be sent to troops overseas in December.
"We received thousands and thousands of used Christmas cards and received about 50 boxes of brand new cards," said Record-Courier Office Manager Alice Price who helped coordinate the collection effort.
Price said cards were dropped off at the R-C and Nevada Appeal from people who lived in Carson Valley, Carson City, Dayton, Stagecoach, Wellington, Walker and Coleville.
"Cards were collected in doctors' offices and other businesses," Price said. "People even paid to have them mailed to us."
She said donors seemed happy to recycle their cards for such a worthy cause.
People were asked to cut the fronts off used cards so that notes of support could be written on the reverse side. The cards will be used to send holiday greetings to troops in December.
Price said people donated nearly $1,800 to Operation Uplink, a program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars which provides free telephone cards to military personnel deployed or hospitalized.
"Many people told us they were happy we were doing both of these projects for our military," Price said. "It's just a small way to share with those away from home."
The project was coordinated with the Blue Star Moms whose children are serving in the military.
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