Children create cards for veterans, deployed soldiers

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Hoover Middle School student Davis Payne, 12 (left), gets advice from John F. Kennedy Jr. Library Paraprofessional Elieen Coleman on making a card for veterans and troops with Taylor Prep High School student Robert Poynter, 15 on Nov. 3.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Hoover Middle School student Davis Payne, 12 (left), gets advice from John F. Kennedy Jr. Library Paraprofessional Elieen Coleman on making a card for veterans and troops with Taylor Prep High School student Robert Poynter, 15 on Nov. 3.

By ZEINAB NAJM Times-Herald Newspapers HEIGHTS — Children gathered around a table at John F. Kennedy Jr. Library, 24602 Van Born Road, to create cards for veterans, wounded warriors, deployed troops, new recruits and first responders. During the create-a-card party Nov. 3, craft materials filled a section of the library set aside for those interested in creating a letter or card. Library Paraprofessional Venus Wilker started the create-a-card party after planning for the summer reading program. “I started thinking about the program which led me to throw ideas around,” she said. “First came a card painting idea before deciding on the card party.” Each child was given rules for the card which included deciding who to send the letter to — no mention of gender — starting with a salutation, using first name only. An option to provide an email address in the letter also was allowed if parents were interested in including theirs. Letters could be filled with short or long messages including information about interests, hobbies, family or pets to share. O.W. Best Middle School student Jospeh Hostinpiller said he enjoys helping the troops and hopes to join once he is older. “They deserve the card for all they do for our country,” he said. “I want to be in the Marines or Army when I am old enough to join.” Cards created will be sent through Operation Gratitude in care packages periodically from the library. “We researched for an organization to help us accomplish our goal and Operation Gratitude seemed reasonable,” Wilker said. “They also had a high rating.” This was the first create-a-card party Wilker scheduled, she has others planned through February so far. “The idea started with Veterans Day and started snowballing into additional holidays,” she said. “Christmas and New Year’s will be the next planned holidays.” Children can attend future create-a-card parties at the library from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and Jan. 5. If children cannot make it to the library to create cards, they can be made at home and dropped off daily. No glitter is allowed on any cards created. For more information call the library at 313-791-6050 or go to www.dhcl.michlibrary.org. (Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)