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Offbeat Woman collects, sends more than 160,000 holiday cards to troops in US, overseas

06:00  06 december  2019
06:00  06 december  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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WATCH Woman collects 160 , 000 holiday cards to send to troops . 0 Shares. Laura Landerman-Garber has been collecting and sending holiday cards to troops in the U . S . and overseas for 16 years. "New Hampshire, we 're fierce. We 're small in size but we 're so large in heart," she told

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With Christmas just three weeks away, Laura Landerman-Garber and her team are hard at work trying to make sure that they bring holiday smiles to U.S. troops overseas and across the nation.

"This is like my Santa's workshop," Landerman-Garber said of her home to ABC affiliate WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire.

For 16 years, the Hollis, New Hampshire, woman has been collecting letters -- and care packages -- from across the U.S. and sending them out to the military. At first, she got her family members to send the holiday cards.

Two years ago, she set a goal of 5,000 cards and mailed them out to servicemembers aboard an aircraft carrier.

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Laura Landerman-Garber has helped collect more than 100, 000 holiday cards and is sending them to members of all five military branches, all over the So Laura decided to bring a little bit of home to the military. “I’m hoping that they know we ’re thinking of them, we appreciate them and we really love

Laura Landerman-Garber has helped collect more than 100, 000 holiday cards and is sending them to members of all five military branches, all over the So Laura decided to bring a little bit of home to the military. “I’m hoping that they know we ’re thinking of them, we appreciate them and we really love

"We wanna give to our warriors...who are far away from home," she said.

a group of stuffed animals sitting on top of a wooden table: Laura Landerman-Garber has been collecting and sending holiday cards to troops in the U.S. and overseas for 16 years. This year, she is sending more than 160,000.© WMUR Laura Landerman-Garber has been collecting and sending holiday cards to troops in the U.S. and overseas for 16 years. This year, she is sending more than 160,000.

Landerman-Garber eventually formed the nonprofit Holiday Cards 4 Our Military -- NH Challenge to help with postage and enlisted family, friends and even neighbors to help with the huge holiday effort.

Many of the letters and notes to the servicemembers begin with "Dear Warrior" and include handwritten notes and homemade illustrations from children across the nation. Landerman-Garber even gotten letters from schoolchildren as far away as Hawaii.

In 2019, 50,000 cards were mailed out.

This year, Landerman-Garber's challenge reached all 50 states. She even got cards from some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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Laura Landerman-Garber has helped collect more than 100, 000 holiday cards and is sending them to members of all five military branches, all over the So Laura decided to bring a little bit of home to the military. “I’m hoping that they know we ’re thinking of them, we appreciate them and we really love

Laura Landerman-Garber has helped collect more than 100, 000 holiday cards and is sending them to members of all five military branches, all over the So Laura decided to bring a little bit of home to the military. “I’m hoping that they know we ’re thinking of them, we appreciate them and we really love

On Monday, Landerman-Garber posted to her Facebook group that she had received "160,000-plus" holiday cards.

a close up of a box: Laura Landerman-Garber has been collecting and sending holiday cards to troops in the U.S. and overseas for 16 years. This year, she is sending more than 160,000.© WMUR Laura Landerman-Garber has been collecting and sending holiday cards to troops in the U.S. and overseas for 16 years. This year, she is sending more than 160,000.

By Wednesday, the cards and holiday candy had begun arriving to troops overseas and in the U.S. The photographs she shared in her Facebook group captured just how special the packages made the servicemembers feel.

Landerman-Garber said it was those photographs and expressions of gratitude that kept her sending cards year after year.

"New Hampshire, we're fierce. ... We're small in size but we're so large in heart," she told WMUR-TV.

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