Woman’s efforts much appreciated

Christmas – especially with the sweltering heat – seems a long way off. To be exact, 144 days.

One local woman, though, isn’t letting that stop her as she continues to strive to honor – and bring good cheer – to active members of the military.

Last year, Laura Landerman-Garber spearheaded an effort to send holiday cards to Navy sailors. Her initial goal was 5,000 cards; however, she ended up receiving 17,000 in just six weeks.

Now a nonprofit effort called Holiday Cards 4 Our Military-NH Challenge, Landerman-Garber has upped her goal and expanded to other branches of the military.

She hopes to send 5,000 holiday cards to each branch of the service, so far collecting about 1,000.

On Tuesday, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess and his staff contributed to that total, signing about 450 cards. Others are involved, too.

“Eversource is working with me and BAE is processing an application for a grant,” Landerman-Garber said. “Eversource is having their veteran group get very involved, so I’m excited about that.”

The excitement has spread, with drop-off locations spread throughout Nashua, Hollis, Merrimack and even Concord. Additional locations will be coming on board, too.

Landerman-Garber’s efforts should be commended. The recipients of these cards are risking their lives to keep us all safe, and these holiday tidings certainly will go a long way in brightening that special season and thanking them for their faithful service.