Local Volunteer Collects Thousands of Cards for Soldiers

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13-year-old Sophie Kartzman is no stranger to volunteer work. Over the years she’s collected thousands of cards to send to both active soldiers and veterans.

This year she said she wanted to collect 30,000 cards. Though that seems like a big goal, believe it or not she’s already surpassed it.

“We’re two days ahead of schedule and we’ve made it which is incredible,” Kartzman said. “So I’m just excited to see how much more we get.”

Maria Goldwyn is an art teacher and serves as a representative from Corning Painted Post Schools for the card project. She said when she first heard Sophie’s goal, she was unsure it could be done.

“Honestly I had no idea when I heard 30,000 how that was going to happen,” Goldwyn said. “But also I remembered Sophie and her family and I knew if anybody could do it she could. So I’m not surprised that she was able to reach the goal today. I’m actually thrilled for her ,she did a great job, she does every year though. So I’m super proud of her.”

Kartzman began collecting cards as a volunteer four years ago. But because she’ll be starting high school next year she’s looking to pass the project on to someone new.
 
“This is going to be my last year of conducting this,” she said. “But we are passing it on. We’ve had a lot of offers, people that wanted to take it on–which is incredible. I wasn’t expecting that many people to want to take it over but they have.”

The collection deadline is Nov. 30 and having already surpassed their goal, there’s no telling what the final tally will be.

“When everybody is rallying’s for such a great cause like this I’m not surprised with how fabulous the turn out will be, so we’ll say 40 we’ll see what happens,” Goldwyn said.

Though Kartzman plans pass the project on to someone else next year, she remains optimistic about the future.
 
“If does go national that would be great I’m excited to see how many we could actually get if it does go that big,” she said. “We’ve gotten cards from like Washington North Carolina and just all over the place so. I’m just excited to see how big this can really get.”

The cards will go to active soldiers and veterans around the world. Some of those cards will also be given away at the Bath V.A. on Friday Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. 

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