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Schools, Churches, 4-H Clubs Sending Cards To Troops

Last updated on Thursday, December 10, 2009

(UNDATED) - Students, church congregations, 4-H clubs and other Hoosier groups are sending more than 35,000 Christmas cards to Hoosier troops overseas.

Nearly a thousand Indiana National Guard members are serving in Afghanistan, with hundreds more stationed in Iraq.

The boxes of cards, many of them drawn by hand, will be shipped to forward operating bases to be distributed among the soldiers.

Some cards will be sent to Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, where troops from around the nation are undergoing training before heading overseas.

One student taped a folded pouch to the inside of his card and tucked a dollar inside, with instructions to the recipient to buy himself a double cheeseburger upon his return to the U.S.

This is the fourth year for the "Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes" drive sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman.

Last year's push netted more than 20,000 cards.

Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Martin Umbarger will make his fourth trip to Afghanistan sometime between Christmas and new year's to look in on Hoosier troops and thank them for their service in person.

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