Special delivery: Hollis woman sends 15,858 holiday cards to Navy sailors

Courtesy photo Laura Landerman-Garber uses a pick up truck and dolly to wheel in boxes containing 15,858 holiday cards to the post office in Hollis.

HOLLIS – After six weeks of holiday card collection, Laura Landerman-Garber, of Hollis, has shipped out seven boxes of cards weighing just shy of 500 pounds for U.S. Navy sailors to open.

Her original goal was to collect 5,000 cards, and when she dropped off the boxes last weekend, the final count was 15,858. On Saturday, she loaded up the back of a pickup truck and drove the boxes to the Hollis Post Office, using a dolly to wheel in the enormous amount of outgoing mail.

“I called in advance to tell them so they would know we were coming,” Landerman-Garber said.

Now that the entryway of her home is free from all the piles and boxes of cards, she said she has mixed feelings about them being gone.

“It was such a joy every day seeing all the cards, but yes, I was eager for them to go where they were supposed to go. Of course, I cried at the post office,” Landerman-Garber said.

She said she’s stunned and completely overjoyed about the response. Her hope is that it inspires other towns and groups to do something similar.

“I’m already thinking of next year,” Landerman-Garber said.

She would like people to consider saving their unused holiday cards from this year and donate them for next year.

“I’ll put out the call to action again next fall,” Landerman-Garber said.

She said the Hollis Pharmacy and Martha’s Exchange agreed to accept unused cards through the end of January.

“I’d really love to be a seagull above the ship watching some of the deliveries, but knowing they’ll get there is all I need,” Landerman-Garber said.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.