July 25, 2016

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Libraries collect holiday greetings for military troops

BRUNSWICK – Holiday cards are being collected for overseas U.S. military service members by libraries in Medina County.

For about five years, the Medina County Library District has gathered Christmas cards to send to the USO, an organization that provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to military personnel. The USO then distributes the cards to service members serving at an overseas’ location, according to Pat Rainey, a children’s librarian at the Brunswick Library.

Overall, the library district collected approximately 300 cards during the 2011 Cards for Troops’ drive, Rainey said.

“We’ve seen a lot of touching cards come in from families,” Rainey said. “I think a lot of parents sit down with their children to talk about military service and sacrifice when making them.”

Rainey hopes to reach at least 300 cards for this year’s campaign.

“We’d love to get to last year’s amount,” she said. “That would be great.”

The cards should be addressed to “Dear Soldier,” and envelopes should not be sealed when turned in to any of the six district libraries, Rainey noted.

Collection of cards began Thursday and runs until Nov. 18 at all district libraries, which include the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St.; Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road; Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road; Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road; Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St., and the Seville Library at Center and Main streets.

For more information about the Cards for Troops program, call Rainey at (330) 273-4150.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.