The Casimir “Cas” J. Krolak Holiday Card Drive kicked off just last month.
This is the fourth year that Horsheads Middle School student Sophie Kartzman has spearheaded the campaign, and she expects it to be a record setter.
“There is a lot of places where we haven’t picked up cards yet,” campaign leader Sophie Kartzman said. “So, I just think that with all that I have seen, and all the motivation and everyone’s perseverance to get this stuff done, then we will have it. I am excited to see the outcome.”
So far, the count is up to just over 15,700, but they are not stopping there. The goal is for 30,000 cards by Nov. 30, and of course Sophie can’t reach that goal on her own. That’s why she is getting help from the community, and classmates.
“I think it’s important that they get involved with some community projects,” Horseheads High School Art Teacher Cynthia Harrington. “They realize how important their art work is. I thinks it’s important as a community that we show each other that we care for each other.”
A few Horseheads High School students set a goal of their own. What started as a simple art project, turned into something much more, bringing holiday cheer to veterans and troops overseas.
“As I was making them and talking to my friends, I did realize that there are veterans and soldiers out there who don’t have families at home who send them cards,” 10th grade student Susan Dong said. “I want to get more cards to more veterans and soldiers.”
Susan has set a goal to make 1,000 cards for this year’s campaign, and others are following in her footsteps.
“Even one will make a difference for that one person that might not ever get a card this year,” 11th grade student Alicia Lacorazza said. “They don’t always have family that will send them cards. They might not have anyone, so it’s nice that they get something.”
For a list of card drop off locations, click here.