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Hearts go out to troops

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, some people may be thinking of how to spend the day with their sweetheart or send the appropriate card or message to a loved one.
Some in the Ennis community are taking it a step further and helping a group that sometimes gets forgotten: wounded soldiers who are spending time in the hospital dealing with injuries and illnesses they received while defending their country.
The Jack Lummus Memorial VFW Post 7106 Ladies Auxiliary members will be taking Valentine’s Day cards to the soldiers at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas where many are rehabilitating from injuries suffered during their time in the military. Auxiliary member Patty (Cope) Sutton said she sees a lot of soldiers at the hospital that don’t have anyone to lift their spirits and she hopes this small effort will let them know how much their sacrifice is appreciated.
“I often take my parents to the V.A. Hospital in Dallas for treatment and I have seen many older soldiers and sadly a lot of younger ones that don’t have family members that can be there to take care of them or keep them company,” she said. “I know that when they do get mail – even a small appreciation for what they went through – it means the world to them and we are hoping to be able to brighten their day with Valentine cards from the community.”
To help in that effort, anyone wishing to purchase Valentine’s Day cards or give homemade cards are encouraged to drop them off at the Ennis Daily News office until Feb. 9, when they will be picked up and taken to the soldiers at the hospital. Ennis Daily News managing editor Matt Cook said he’s glad to be able to help remind the soldiers that their efforts have not been forgotten.
“The great thing about this idea is the Valentine’s Day cards can be something they hang onto forever and always take a look at when they need a reminder of how much we appreciate the sacrifices they are making on the battlefield so we can be safe at home,” Cook said. “A thank you or smile is also appreciated I’m sure, but these cards can last a lot longer than a simple ‘thanks.’”
To help kick off the Valentine drive, students at Candy Cane Corner Daycare Center who had the day off from school earlier this week due to the ice storm spent their free time making Valentine cards for the soldiers. Center director Pam Skinner said she was glad to be able to teach the kids about being thankful for the freedoms they have.
“We made those cards when other kids were out playing and taking advantage of the day off of school so it was a special lesson,” Skinner said. “The kids learned the importance of thinking of others before their own fun and also about being thankful for the privileges and freedoms they have. We hope that the cards help lift the spirits of the soldiers who receive them. It is the least we can do for all they have done for their country.”
For those wishing to participate, cards can be dropped off at the Ennis Daily News office, located at 213 N. Dallas St. in Ennis, from now until Feb. 9.
Schools, daycare and church groups are encouraged to participate and show the soldiers that we appreciate them and their service to our country.

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