Holiday Cards for Soldiers

November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 7:44 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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November 17, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2010 at 7:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Whether it's season's greetings or just an encouraging word, students at Our Lady of Victory School are making soldiers spirits bright by sending them holiday cards.

"I'm doing this because I want to make the soldiers happy and I don't want them to feel left out," student Julianna Klinko said.

The school's history club, Peeps from the Past, teamed up with the American Red Cross for the project.

"It keeps them from being homesick and missing family members," student David Mateja said.

Klinko said she doing this for those people serving now and veterans.

"My grandpa was in the Army and I want to thank him. He's been my role model," Klinko said.

Amanda Ballow with the American Red Cross said the program expands beyond the school walls.

"It's a national program through the Red Cross but it's the first year that the Buffalo chapter has taken it on," Ballow said.

When the students are finished, they will have about 500 cards to send to service members and their families.

Teacher Marian Abram said the school has also raised money for the postage of these cards through bake sales and other fundraisers.

"One of the things we want to do is real service projects to show patriotism and show that we care," Abram said.

Klinko said she's expressing feelings of pride and honor for all those that serve.

"I think the cards are great way for people to express themselves," Klinko said.