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Letter Writing Campaign

Organized Locally by Shayna Cole, a member of the Class of 2013 at Tipton High School

"I want to share with you information about A Million Thanks Letter Writing Campaign. This campaign is a year-round campaign to show our appreciation to our U.S. Military Men and Women for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country through our letters, cards, and prayers.

"Since December 2010, Tipton High School has been registered as an official drop-off location for A Million Thanks. Letters may be dropped off at the Tipton High School office during regular school hours or at the ticket booth during home football and basketball games. I am asking individuals, schools, churches, organizations, and businesses in Tipton County to participate by writing letters and cards and then drop the letters off at Tipton High School. The letters and cards will then be forwarded to a service man or woman who doesn’t get very much mail or any mail at all from home."


Many service members suffer from depression, especially those stationed overseas. Studies have shown that a person’s self-esteem rises when he/she receives positive feedback, whether it is in the form of verbal praise, a thank you letter, or even just a pat on the back. Letting someone know that he/she is appreciated does wonders for overall morale and self-esteem. So simply writing a letter of thanks to a service man or woman can have a huge impact on that person’s life.

Letters can be written to any branch of the military. Select the branch you want to support and address your letter as follows: “Dear Soldier”, “Dear Airman”, “Dear Marine”, “Dear Sailor”, or “Dear Coastguard man.”

 IMPORTANT! Before you write your letters and cards, please read the Rules & Guidelines listed below to avoid disqualification.

 Then put your letter or card in an envelope...

 DO NOT address the envelope.

 DO NOT seal the envelope.

 DO NOT place a stamp on the envelope.

Simply drop your letter off at Tipton High School. The letter/card will be screened for security reasons, and then forwarded to a service man or woman who doesn’t get very much mail or any mail at all from home.

"I personally want to thank you, in advance, for supporting my efforts to organize and coordinate a community service project for Tipton County."

--Shayna Cole, THS Student
Class of 2013

May 2013 Announcement: The Tipton County Public Library is the latest new site where you can drop off your letters!

A Million Thanks Letter Writing Campaign Rules & Guidelines

 All letters and/or cards will be screened for security reasons.

 We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and that do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of National Military Appreciation Month.

 Handmade cards are welcome, but please follow all guidelines. Any size card will be accepted. Please DO NOT use glitter on cards.

 Unfortunately, candy or other food items cannot be accepted and should not be included or attached to cards.

 Military personnel love to communicate with us! You can include your name, address or email address if you so desire. However, this is not a requirement. Letters and cards can simply be signed, “Sarah from Indiana.” Please keep in mind that military personnel are under no obligation to reply.

 Photos of the sender, sender’s family, church, organization, or business can add a personal touch to your card. Photos MUST be appropriate.

 The more positive the message the better! Care should be taken not to refer to anything that may cause grief or uneasiness to the service man or woman who is serving on active duty. (DO NOT include messages such as: “I hope you don’t get killed.” or “Do you miss your family?”)

 Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards etc) and horror comics.

 Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or non-authorized political materials.

 Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. Items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible.

Email Shayna To maintain confidentiality, use this button to send us an email, which we will pass on to Shayna for her reply.

The Tipton County Foundation is happy to assist people who organize to provide a community benefit, regardless of their age, and whether or not it involves fund-raising. Let us help you help others! Call Frank at 675-1940 or Megan at 675-1943.

Latest Update: 3,006 Letters in 2011

Information concerning the project has been distributed to Tri-Central and all of the Tipton Schools, including St. John's. Posters, flyers, and collection boxes have been made available and the schools were asked to promote the project in their newsletters. Apple Group completed the poster design. If you want to print a copy of the poster, try this link: POSTER.PDF

THS's Key Club is supporting the project, writing letters once a month.


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