June 25, 2018
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Loring Job Corps Center students pen over 160 Christmas cards to servicemen overseas

By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican News

LIMESTONE, Maine — More than 160 Christmas cards penned by students, staff and faculty at the Loring Job Corps Center are headed overseas in hopes of sending a little holiday cheer to the men and women serving in the military.

The holiday greetings are being sent to wounded and recovering service members at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and to members of the National Guard in Baghdad. Among the recipients will be the Loring Job Corps Center’s information management specialist, Ryan Cote, who is serving with fellow Guard members. Members of the center also gathered Tuesday afternoon to record a group message to e-mail to Cote.

Messages to the service members ran the gamut, from simple signatures to longer messages and pen-pal offerings.

This is the fourth time the Loring Honor Guard has coordinated a mass mailing of appreciation and cheer.

Honor Guard instructor Roger Felix, an Army veteran himself, remembered a time when he was on the receiving end of such a sentiment — when a little girl once asked him in a letter what kind of plane he flew (even though he didn’t fly planes).

“They really are a morale booster because some of those soldiers don’t get mail too often,” he said.

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