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Leechburg area campaign underway to say thanks to troops, first responders

Chuck Biedka

Leechburg-area children and adults are encouraged to take part in the second annual Operation Gratitude collection of letters, cards and drawings for troops and first responders from the community.

The drive is underway through the end of the month.

Sponsor Brittany McLaughlin said she is hoping to get at least 200 drawings or coloring pages of soldiers or flags from day care students and cards and letters from older youths and adults saying thank you to the military and first responders.

“We want to let them know that people are thinking of them at times between Memorial Day and Veterans Day,” she said.

Last year, about 48 entries were mailed to Operation Gratitude from Leechburg-area folks, she said.

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Operation Gratitude suggests the letters or cards be simply addressed “Dear Hero” and express thanks for the recipient’s service. Letter writers are asked to avoid any political comments but share a little about themselves. Contact information should be included in case the service member for first responder wants to send a reply.

For children, include only first name and age. No glitter or confetti.

McLaughlin has arranged several drop-off locations including the Allegheny Township branch of Citizens Bank; Anytime Fitness; Kings Family Restaurant at Allegheny Township; ABC Academy at Gilpin; and Cricket Wireless in the Leechburg area.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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