Many Utahns are sending cards and letters to American service men and women all over the world this Christmas through a Florida-based organization called Mail Call.
Started in 1976, Mail Call has sent hundreds of thousands of Christmas greetings to military personnel in every branch of the service.Lee Spencer, national director of Mail Call, who lives in Christmas, Fla., said Rachell Robbins, Ogden, has sent more holiday mail to service personnel than anyone in Utah who is involved in Mail Call. The American Legion Auxiliary No. 139, Roy, has sent more mail through Mail Call than any Utah organization, Spencer said.
Other big Mail Call letter-senders in Utah are Julie Kimball, Layton; Sandra Colville and Girl Scout Troup 884, Salt Lake City; and the West Bountiful 9th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Spencer said other mail contributors are Judith Jensen, Milford Elementary School kindergarten, Milford; Annette Johnson, Grantsville; Terilee Coy, Vernal; and Robin Frodge and Wasatch Middle School, Heber City.
"An awful lot of service men and women are going to be away from home this Christmas, and a card or letter, even from someone they don't know, would certainly help cheer them up," Spencer said.
"People send their letters to Mail Call, and we bundle them up and send them to military bases and hospitals all over the world where Americans are stationed or hospitalized."
Spencer said to hurry sending your stamp to Mail Call since he usually starts bundling letters and cards by Thanksgiving.
Anyone who would like to send one or more cards or letters to service personnel can find out more about Mail Call by writing Lee Spencer in care of Post Office Box 817, Christmas, FL 32709-0817. Send your name and address and a 25-cent stamp, but no envelope.
Spencer will sned back a self-mailing folder of information.