Thursday, October 10, 2013

Home of the Free, Because of the Brave: Take the Time to Write a Letter for Bert's Big Thank You!
For the past few years, The Bert Show - a morning radio show based in Atlanta, GA (but now broadcast all across the country) has collected handwritten thank-you letters for US Troops. And not just a handful of letters for a select few troops. We're talking HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of letters for EVERY SINGLE US TROOP stations abroad. But they can't do it alone. Will you take a few minutes to thank a US serviceman and servicewoman for their sacrifice?

The first year I wrote 10 letters by myself and dropped them off. Then, the next year, Paige was old enough to color a picture so I had her color 10 sheets of paper, and wrote my letters on top of her beautiful artwork : ) Then, last year, both Paige and Deacon colored pictures, and I wrote thank you notes on top. This year, I'm getting the kids more involved. I asked them each to color a picture, and then asked them what they wanted me to write for them. They said it, and I wrote it. Here are the finished products that I'll be dropping off at Jersey Mike's later  (along with 8 letters I wrote myself) today:

Bert's Big Thank You Letters from
Paige and Deacon #Proud Mama
With all the nonsense our kids are exposed to on a daily basis, this is something REAL - something that REALLY MATTERS - something that can MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the day of one of our brave men and women serving the United States of America. Take the time to have your children draw a picture for the troops - or use one of their favorite drawings from that day's preschool class like I did - and have them dictate (or write themselves if they are able!) a thank you note. It's that simple. Simply beautiful : )

Here's what you have to do (as written by The Bert Show's Big Thank You 2013)

Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to the military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
  • All letters must be on 8.5” x 11” paper or smaller.
  • Do not use glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or otherwise attach anything to the paper.
  • NO construction paper.
  • Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils.
  • Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only.
  • Do not send greeting cards or photographs.
  • Feel free to include your mailing and email address.
  • Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes.
  • Do not send anything except letters.
  • When submitting 10 or fewer letters, the letters can be folded to fit into a standard business-size envelope.
(We cannot accept donations of any kind (monetary, products, etc.), and they should not be included or attached to letters.)


Drop your letter/s off at any Jersey Mike's location!
Jersey Mike's is collecting letters - find a location near you!

Or, mail your letter to any of the following radio stations - Be sure to label your envelope with "BERT'S BIG THANK YOU LETTER":

ATLANTA - Q100 (99.7 FM)
780 Johnson Ferry Rd NE
5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30342

Washington, D.C. - ALL THE HITS 107.3
4400 Jenifer Street NW
Washington, DC 20015

Charleston, SC - 95SX Hit Music Now
4230 Faber Place Drive Ste. 100
North Charleston, SC 29405

Savannah, GA - Y107.9 WXYY 90s, 2K and today!
401 Mall Blvd, Suite 101D
Savannah, GA 31406

Indianapolis, IN - i94 (93.9 FM) 90s to NOW
6810 North Shadeland Ave.
Indianapolis, In 46220

Nashville, TN - i106 WNFN (106.7 FM)
10 Music Circle East
Nashville, TN 37203

Birmingham, AL - 99.5 the Vibe-WZRR  (99.5 FM)
244 Goodwin Crest Drive-Ste 300
Homewood, AL

Fort Wayne, IN - HOT 1079 / WJFX (107.9 FM)
Oasis Radio Group
9604 Coldwater Road, Suite 201
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Huntington, WV - Hits 97.9 – WMGA
555 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Lubbock, TX - 102.5 Kiss FM KZII FM (102.5 FM)
4413 82nd St. Ste.300
Lubbock, TX 79424

Amarillo, TX - KISS FM 96.9 (102.5 FM)
6214 W. 34th
Amarillo, TX 79109

Abilene, TX - Mix 92.5
3911 South 1st
Abilene, TX 79605

Brunswick, GA - Magic 105.9
Golden Isles Broadcasting
185 Benedict Road
Brunswick, GA 31520