Giving back to veterans far from home with Holiday Cards for Hope

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A local Stateline organization thinks everyone should be remembered during the holidays especially our veterans.

According to the United States department of Veteran’s affairs, approximately 20 veterans die every day by suicide. To help fight that statistic, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention teams up with local organizations to send holiday cards to veterans.

" I think we can't do enough to try and help them and hopefully this will be enough to maybe let them smile a little bit and give them a piece of home,” said Mike Butler, who sent out a few holiday cards.

People can choose from a variety of cards to send to loved ones or any military member filled with messages thanking them for their service.

Although this is the event's first year here in the Stateline, those who participated say it’s well worth it.

"I truly believe that the people that do serve are the greatest heroes this country has ever had so it's from the heart that we come here,” Mike Butler said.

And if you missed your chance at dropping off your holiday card, you still have a can.

“There's going to be a drop off here and if at any time you want to come in during the week during the time the veterans hall memorial is open you can fill out a card and drop it in the box,” Laura Butler, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention said.

Organizers from the American foundation for suicide prevention say they hope they'll be able to do this next year and get even more people to participate.