NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This holiday season, there are many ways to say "thank you" to veterans for the service they have given to our country, and one of the most creative is being planned for New York City. A volunteer project will collect homemade ornaments to display on Christmas trees and walls at the VA Medical Center on 23rd Street in Manhattan.
The project—encompassing notes, letters, messages and colorful drawings—is open to kids of all ages, everywhere. Tree ornaments wishing veterans a happy holiday should be no smaller than one inch square and no larger than six inches square, and include a hole for hanging. Children are encouraged to be as creative as possible; the more colorful, the better. No food or easily breakable items are allowed. If possible, students should include their first name and the name of their school on their ornament.
For those who prefer to contribute a painting, picture, drawing or holiday greeting message to hang on the wall of the VA Medical Center, the subject of the piece should be to wish veterans a happy holiday or thank them for their bravery, courage, sacrifice and service. The piece should be at least 4" x 6" but no larger than 8.5" x 11". Again, students should include their first name and the name of their school.
What are the best ideas for ornaments, letters and drawings? Those who want to contribute should use phrases such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One." The messages should be upbeat and positive, and share as much of one's personality as possible. Politics should be avoided and religion in excess; however, saying "I pray for you" is wonderful, as is saying "God Bless America." Don't discuss death or killing. Do wish them a happy holiday, and express your thanks for their selfless service. Handwritten is most appreciated.
"America owes its military veterans an eternal debt of gratitude," says Laura Tufariello, founder of Design & Source Productions and the organizer of the project. "This offers a chance for everyone to thank those courageous veterans who served our nation in past military conflicts. What better way to express gratitude to those who have helped us preserve our freedoms? Using artwork and words to put a smile on the faces of those who helped protect our country is a great way to tell our heroes how much they mean to us."
For those who would like to contribute ornaments and other pieces for the project, they need to be mailed or dropped off to: Design & Source Productions—ATTN VA Gratitude, 143 West 29th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001 USA. All items MUST be received by November 23, 2015. Those with questions should email them to: VAHoliday2015@gmail.com.
Dian Griesel International
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