Westminster holiday cards

Kayleigh Moore, left, and Earl Spellman, right, make holiday cards for military members Wednesday at the Westminster Branch Library. (Blair Ames / December 4, 2013)

Messages inside Christmas cards made at the Westminster library Wednesday ranged from "Thank you for serving" to "God Bless" to "Happy Holidays" to "Thank you for your sacrifices" to "Thank you for letting me check out books."

While card writers had a different way of thanking military members, they all agreed that a card was the least they could do to thank military serving overseas during the holidays.

"The people overseas, not home for Christmas, should have a reminder that we're thinking about them," 17-year-old Jackson Myers said.

The library collected more than 200 cards from children and adults during its Holiday Mail for Heroes event. It is the first time the Westminster branch has hosted such an event.

Myers, who came to the library with his parents, filled out multiple cards, as did his parents.

"I can't imagine being so far from home and often in very uncomfortable circumstances," Katherine Myers said. "It's so important that they know we're thinking about them."

Westminster resident Sharon Collett brought her two children, Kayleigh, 17, and Ricky, 11, to the library particularly to make cards.

"It's just a simple card, but getting cards from people really brightens your day," Collett said.

The American Red Cross delivers these holiday cards to veterans, military families, and active duty service members around the world.

Library goers were also treated to a special reading of General McAuliffe’s Christmas Message of 1944, a Freedom Shrine document, by local musician and Westminster Common Council member Paul Whitson. Later in the evening, students from Gerstell Academy, donning Santa and elf hats, sang a number of holiday tunes.

The Eldersburg Branch Library also held a Holiday Mail for Heroes event Monday.