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Greeting card writer delivers 1K

5:25 PM, Sep. 20, 2013  |  Comments
Nancy Wilde shows a sign of appreciation for the 1,002 greeting cards she signed for people serving in the military.
Nancy Wilde shows a sign of appreciation for the 1,002 greeting cards she signed for people serving in the military.
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Without notice, Nancy Wilde, 74, appeared at the doors of the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center pushing her walker, oxygen and boxes of cards. These boxes were filled with 1,002 Christmas cards that Wilde had collected from rummage sales, thrift stores and liquidation stores.

At first, we thought she was donating them to the center for volunteers to fill out for our soldiers. But, to our surprise they were already filled with heart-felt messages.

When asked, "How long did this take you to do all of these?" She replied, "I spread it out a way. It took me about three days to do them all. During the pre-season Packers games and listening to the Brewers I was able to work on them."

Wilde said she writes cards because of the pride she has for her granddaughter who serves in the Army; she is stationed in Italy right now, but she had served in Afghanistan twice. "I also had three brothers who were drafted in the Vietnam War and three nephews who enlisted in the Air Force and Army. They are all so special to me.

"This is one thing I can do for them and for others serving. I know in my heart that they will be happy to receive a card from us." Showing emotion when she talks about her family, Wilde has worked on the card project since its creation two years ago at the center.

The Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center last year sent 1,800 cards during Christmas and another 800 cards to local veterans homes for Memorial Day.

If you would like to stop in and help us with this project, please do. The center is located in the lower level of Merrill City Hall. 1004 E. First Street. Merrill. 715-536-4226.

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