by Cheryl Stahle
Acting beyond his years, Shane McArdle, an 8th grader at St. John the Baptist School conceived and launched Operation Thank a Vet to create thank you card for wounded veterans. Clearly fearless and on a mission of his own, Shane cold called his way through the Department of Defense until he found a partner: the Bucks County Veterans’ Affairs office. Together, Operation Thank A Vet, is preparing for its first delivery of handmade cards to veterans’ hospitals as a way to say thank you to a wounded service person. Shane definitely thinks big by setting a goal of 5,000 cards ready for delivery on Veteran’s Day.
Shane has reached out to the community to generate interest and more importantly, cards. Shane has worked with Central Bucks schools to generate cards as well as partnered with organizations and senior groups. “Everyone can make a card,” October’s Happening Hero, Shane McArdle, shares.
While recently speaking at the Doylestown Sons of Italy, a part of Shane’s presentation included making cards. He has also written newspaper editorials and worked closely with senior groups to create one of a kind cards. Shane even convinced the United Way in partnership with Ann’s Choice to make 2000 cards for November.
On Veteran’s Day, Shane will be hosting an event at the Home Depot in Willow Grove from 11:00-3:00 where supplies will be at the available for making cards. Everyone is welcome to visit the event and create a thank you card.
In addition to Home Depot, Shane has card making events planned for Redners, Acme and Giant in Doylestown.
Shane is currently seeking card making supplies such as paper, markers, ribbons and envelopes. While trying to find local donations, Shane has encountered the challenge of long waiting lists. While visiting the Doylestown Acme recently, Shane solicited supply donations as well as encouraged shoppers to make a card.
“It is important to thank our Veterans because they do the most for the least. I am inspired by their service and grateful for all they have sacrificed for our country” shares Shane.
Shane does not plan on taking a break after the Veteran’s Day card drive. He is already planning for another wave of cards to be delivered to wounded veterans on July 4.
For more information on Operation Thank A Vet contact Operation Thank A Vet, PO Box 403, Pipersville, PA 18947. Shane welcomes supply donations.
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