Mayflower RSVP volunteers and members of the Plymouth Woman’s Club partnered with the Plymouth Public Schools to write letters to the troops and wounded warriors during National Volunteer Week (April 6 – 12, 2014). Students in 24 classrooms, Pre-K – Grade 12 along with Senior Corps volunteers, wrote letters or drew pictures – 320 of them! Participating schools were Plymouth North High School, Plymouth South High School, Plymouth South High School Child Care Program, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Cold Spring Elementary School, Manomet Elementary School, and Federal Furnace Elementary School.
Letters and pictures have been sent to Operation Gratitude to be included in care packages for soldiers serving overseas and wounded warriors. Operation Gratitude annually packs and ships 150,000 care packages to veterans and active duty military. The organization recently sent its 1 millionth package!
“National Volunteer Week gives people the opportunity to engage in their community, make a difference in someone else’s life, and effect positive change,” said Darcy Lee, Executive Director & COO of Mayflower RSVP. “Our letter writing campaign to the troops brought together multiple generations who engaged in honoring those who sacrifice and serve. Thank you to the Plymouth Woman’s Club and to Plymouth’s teachers and students for working together to support and thank our soldiers and veterans in a very meaningful and heartfelt way.”
Judith Barber, President of the Plymouth Woman’s Club said, "The Plymouth Women's Club is greatly inspired by the outpouring of goodwill and patriotism displayed by the Plymouth school system to our request for communication with the soldiers. The personal messages generated are so meaningful and encouraging to our troops. The partnership of RSVP, the
Plymouth school system and the Plymouth Women's Club combined into an effective outreach team."
Mayflower RSVP’s National Volunteer Week activities were sponsored by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and Plymouth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.