A Merrill woman is working to make the holidays a little brighter for our troops.
This week, Nancy Wilde, 74, dropped off a box of cards at the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center. Workers thought the cards were blank for volunteers to fill out, but to their surprise Nancy had written heartfelt messages in all 1,002 cards.
When asked, "How long did this take you to do all of these?" She replied, "I spread it out away! It took me about three days to do them all! During the Pre-season Packers games and listening to the Brewers I was able to work on them."
Nancy stated that she does it because of the pride she has for her granddaughter who serves in the Army, located in Italy right now, but she had served in Afghanistan twice. “I also had three brothers who were drafted in the Vietnam War and 3 nephews who enlisted in the Air Force and Army. They are all so special to me. “
"This is one thing I can do for them and for others serving. I know in my heart that they will be happy to receive a card from us."
Showing emotion when she talks about her family, Nancy has worked on this project since it's creation two years ago for the center.
The Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center last year sent out 1,800 cards during Christmas and another 800 cards to local veterans homes for Memorial Day.
Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center needs volunteers to donate cards, fill out blank cards, and help with postage costs.
If you would like to help, contact the center at (715) 536-4226. Donations can also be dropped off at 1004 E. First Street in Merrill. The center is located in the lower level of Merrill City Hall. .
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