Help Service Personnel Overseas Know You Care

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It's a little more than a week till Valentine's Day. While your wondering what to get your sweetheart, how about picking up an extra card for those service men and women stationed overseas.

Today I found out about "Operation Hearts From Home".

"In fact you can drop those cards and letters off to her there."

For the past several days, disk jockeys from "The MIX 95.5 (FM) have been asking listeners to share their love.

Paula Dunn\Mix 95.5]

"We just want to let our soldiers that are serving from northern Nevada that we here in the Truckee Meadows are thinking about them this Valentine's Day," says Paula Dunn of "The Mix."

Three years ago that thought is what launched the program "Operation Hearts From Home."

"My dad he served in the Gulf War and he told me it's so wonderful to get letters from friends and family," Dunn says. "But, it's getting those letters of support from people that don't even know you."

Lieutenant April Conway of the Nevada National Guard says it's those cards and letters that keep the troops going. "Just to know someone is thinking of you is heartwarming," she says.

Conway says, at any one time, 150 to 300 local men and women are serving overseas. "We've got people all over southwest Asia now. They're in hot spots in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, all over southwest Asia."

These troops are thousands of miles from friends, family, and any Hallmark store.

Organizers hope a simple card will remind them of home.

"Take a piece of paper and write your message out yourself. That's more personal than you can get in any card," says Mix disk jockey Vic Duran.

Their goal is to collect a couple thousand letters. So far the total has only reached a couple hundred.

The deadline is this Friday at noon.

If you're interested in dropping off a card or letter we have a few locations to tell you about.

* "The Mix" offices at 595 E. Plumb Lane in Reno or . . .

* Any of the three Check-N-Go locations in Carson City or Reno . . .

* Ron's Seed & Supply in Winnemucca . . .

* The UPS Store on Northtowne Lane in Reno.

Organizers say you don't need any stamps. Postage has been paid for by the Northtowne UPS store.