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County fair to host 'Operation Write Home' booth for thanking troops

Fair-goers can write notes of gratitude, decorate coloring pages to be sent to soldiers

Operation Write Home, an organization that sends handmade blank cards to the armed forces, will have a booth at the Alameda County Fair for people to write notes of gratitude or decorate coloring pages for the troops.

The fair opens June 18 and Operation Write Home is urging fair-goers to stop by its booth to write notes of gratitude or decorate coloring pages for the troops. The booth will be located in Building C from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday.

OWH is an organization that provides the nation's armed forces with blank handmade greeting cards they can send to their family and friends. People of all ages have been sending in their greeting cards to OWH since 2007.

Every box of cards sent also comes with a bag of "AnyHero" mail. These are cards and letters written by people throughout the country with messages of appreciation and encouragement inside. This also includes coloring pages or drawings from children. "AnyHero" mail is given to those in the military that receive little or no mail at all.

"During the changes going on with our military, writing letters of gratitude and encouragement to our service members is one way to let them know they're not forgotten," said Sandy Allnock, founder and executive director of the organization.

"The letters are so important to boost morale," she added. "One Marine recently told me (troops) love the kids' letters so much they have to do 'rock, paper, scissors' for them!"

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