XEROX SENDS THANKS TO U.S. TROOPS

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XEROX SENDS THANKS TO U.S. TROOPS

 user 2009-01-21 at 11:50:30 am Views: 53
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    http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=6639833
    Xerox Sends Thanks to Troops
    Thousands of Messages Sent for Free to Troops So Far
    The
    colors might be blurry and the handwriting lopsided, but the message
    couldn’t be clearer: Thank You.It’s the message thousands of American
    troops have received in the form of colorful, homemade cards courtesy
    of Xerox’s “Let’s Say Thanks” program, which puts the creative
    earnestness of children and heartfelt messages of adults in the hands
    of soldiers thousands of miles away — all for free.”It was an idea
    that came from Xerox employees [to show] gratitude for the men and
    women overseas,” Carl Langsenkamp, V.P. of public relations for Xerox,
    told ABC News. “We said to kids, ‘Just draw images of your
    hometown.’”The children answered and they have not let up since the
    program started two years ago. Thousands of kids submitted their
    postcard designs, and a lucky few were selected to be available to send
    to the troops.

    While senders cannot control which soldiers
    receive the cards, they can add their name along with whatever other
    personal message they’d like to send.Then, Xerox set up the
    LetsSayThanks.com Web site and allowed anyone to send a soldier one of
    the kids’ cards with a personal message at no charge to the
    sender.”It’s not about the conflict over there, but the men and women
    serving over there,” Langsenkamp said. “The military personnel get a
    lot out of it just by looking at the comments [on the Web site].”

    The
    Web site lists dozens of comments from soldiers, all expressing deep
    gratitude for the cards they have received.”Thank you so much for the
    post card. It is so nice to receive things in the mail here,” one Army
    sergeant wrote. “Some would not believe it but the simple good feeling
    of going to the company mail room and the clerk saying, ‘Yes, you have
    mail’ is an uplifting experience. Even if it’s just a letter saying,
    ‘hi’ [it] makes our day! Thanks again for your thoughts and
    prayers.”According to Langsenkamp, Xerox does not have plans to stop
    the program anytime soon.”We’re hoping,” he said. “We’d like to see it
    end tomorrow if all the men and women came home, but for now we’re
    going to keep it going for the men and women overseas.”