via Xerox Web site
www.LetsSayThanks.com forwards customized postcards designed by kids,
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 26, 2006 - Specialist Tommy Brooks from the 2-130 Illinois Infantry Battalion served a 12-month tour in Iraq – and says there's nothing like getting mail from home.
“A letter has a sense of warmth and is more personal than e-mail. With regular mail, it’s all yours to keep and take with you when you’re on the move,” said Brooks.
You can send your appreciation to U.S. soldiers like Specialist Brooks through a new Web site sponsored by Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) at www.LetsSayThanks.com. Launching today, the site allows you to write a personalized message on postcards – drawn by kids across the country – which will be printed and sent to deployed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Following the success of local community card drives in Atlanta and Phoenix, which delivered thousands of postcards overseas, Xerox created www.LetsSayThanks.com to give people a way to show their support no matter where they live. Visitors simply click on their favorite design, drawn by children ages 6-14, and write a personal message to a soldier. The colorful postcards are then printed on a Xerox iGen3® Digital Production Press and mailed in care packages by the military support organization Give2theTroops.
“We started this effort so specific communities could get even more involved with supporting their local servicemen and women,” said Mike Brannigan, president of Xerox’s United States Solutions Group. “But when we saw the reaction not only from the public but also from the troops overseas, we moved to an online effort that will allow people from across the U.S. and around the world to send postcards to the men and women of the armed forces.”
Carl Langsenkamp, Xerox Corporation, 585-423-5782
Melissa Zandman, Text 100 for Xerox, 617-399-4914
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