By Mike Binkley, WCCO-TV

OAKDALE (WCCO) — Some service member somewhere is about to get a thank you card from a second grader in Oakdale, Minn. Classmates at Transfiguration Catholic School are among those taking part in Operation Gratitude.

“And we’re writing these cards because they’re far, far away from their home,” said one student named Mary Kate.

As many as 75,000 cards are being offered for free to schools by PearTree Greetings of North Mankato.

One second grader wrote, “I have a dog, a cat and a fish. Thank you for saving our country and other countries.”

The cards may be free, but the messages they include are priceless.

One student named Alexa wrote, “I have a relative that is a soldier. If you know him, his name is Buddy. I hope you meet him. Please keep him safe. Love, Alexa.”

PearTree Greetings is offering the cards to teachers between now and the end of the year. As of Veterans Day, the company is about one-third of the way to its goal, with more than 800 teachers signed up.

Comments (4)
  1. Shane G says:

    Veterans, Thank You so much for all that you have done for our Country. We love you.

  2. Catherine MacKay-Wilson says:

    We just gave the Canadian Legion all of our old blank samples of cards – 2 boxes worth for this same cause, There is something refreshing about young people that want to hand write something to soldiers, it’s very heartwarming and we wanted to support them rather than recycle the paper stock. the contact that picked them up said she had just received several letter that had been written to soldiers and was brought to tears when she read the one that said ” Is our team winning yet”” thank you for supporting a great cause!!