Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes Program Gives Back to Troops

With the holiday season approaching, many local residents are joining together to make sure the troops fighting overseas don’t feel alone.

Troops overseas will be getting a special gift this holiday season-letters courtesy of the Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes program. This is the fifth year that the Lieutenant Governor’s office has organized the letter writing campaign. It has grown from 5,000 in its inaugural year to 35,000 last year.

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman said the program allows Hoosiers to give back to the troops.

“Every Hoosier wants to help. They want to do something nice for our soldiers and particularly during the holiday times. We found this to be just one easy way to make a contribution and to let them know how much we appreciate their service.”

Some individuals write letters on their own and send them in. Others do it as a group. Noble of Indiana is a program that serves children and adults with disabilities. They are one of the groups that gets involved in the Hoosier Cheer for our Heroes program.

Representative Rita Davis says the disabled people at Noble like the opportunity to give back to the troops.

“The men and women that are serving our country are just doing, are just making an incredible sacrifice for all of us. And that is something that we all can appreciate.”

The deadline for submitting letters is today, but the Lieutenant Governor is also accepting video greetings that can be uploaded throughout the holidays on the Hoosier Cheer YouTube page.

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