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Christmas cards bring cheer to soldiers

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 48, December 01, 2004

By Mike Welldon
Staff Writer

MILO Here at home the holidays are filled with good food, family time, and the sharing of gifts as we enjoy this special time of the year. While we at home enjoy the home-made pies and lavish meals thrust before us by eager relatives, we should all take the time to remember those who are living off rations, and who only get to see their loved ones via an Internet connection.

Peg Luciani decided there was a better way. As a member of SOAR (Support Our American Recruits), Luciani wanted to do something to make a soldier's Christmas, and with the help of Grace Decker and Sue Stanchfield, they accomplished their mission.

The three women started the first annual Christmas card campagin for Maine and have so far collected 1,294 cards from Milo, Brownville, and Dover-Foxcroft that will go to troops from Maine who are serving overseas.

"It was wonderful. I want to say 'good job' to everybody," Luciani said.

SOAR was founded as a non-profit organization by Judy Jones of Pennsylvania shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Their goal is to support "America's military, both home and abroad, while honoring all veterans who have protected the freedoms we so often take for granted," according to the Web site

Other projects in the works for the local chapter inlcude "A Taste of Maine" package that will include blueberry pancake mix, chocolate and cocoa for the soldiers. Since this division of SOAR was founded in Aug. 30, Luciani, Decker, and Stanchfield have also had success in their Operation Bandana campaign.

The goal of the project is to raise funds to purchase special customized bandanas that feature the 91st Psalm to place in the hand of all troops who leave from or touch down at Bangor International Airport. Bandanas can either be purchased through the SOAR Web site for $5 and donated to the Maine chapter, or money donations can be sent to the chapter to purchase the bandanas. Proceeds benefit the Maine chapter of SOAR.

"Thank you to everyone who was involved in donating to SOAR and participating," Luciani said.

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