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Hundreds participate in ‘Operation Thank the Troops’

Wake Forest University students wrote nearly 500 thank you cards to be hand-delivered to wounded soldiers fighting in Afghanistan over the holidays at the request of a third-year law student.

“I know these notes will be so meaningful to these brave men and women as they unselfishly risk their lives in service to our country,” said Ann Gibbs, law school associate dean of Administrative & Student Services.

Students from the School of Law and the Schools of Business said it was worth taking time out from studying for exams to write a note of thanks to the men and women serving their country.

“Soldiers are fighting when they should be home with their families during the holidays,” said Blake Hurt, a second-year law student and native of Greensboro. “I hope that a hand-written thank you will make their sacrifice a little easier to bear.”

Joe Maye, a first-year law student from South Carolina, added, “They sacrifice so much for us, all we can do is say thank you and in this small way, acknowledge what they do for us.”

They sacrifice so much for us, all we can do is say thank you and in this small way, acknowledge what they do for us.

Also contributing to the law school-sponsored project were the WFU Learning Assistance Center, and their tutors, the Human Resources department, and the Professional Development Center. In addition, Navy Moms, Hawley Middle School in Creedmoor, N.C., and Hanes Middle School in Winston-Salem also contributed thank you cards.

“It is a simple gesture to say thank you for all that these soldiers have and continue to sacrifice for our country,” said Andrea Ellis, associate director for Professional Development.