USS Harry S. Truman, at sea (NNS) -- On Dec 11., a package containing 400 handwritten Christmas Cards was delivered to the men and women aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
The writer, Ms. Caroline Massie of Jacksonville, Fla., goes to church with the mother of a Truman Sailor and took the time to write personal messages in each of the 400 cards to thank crew members for their service.
"I am very proud of you for serving our country," reads one card. "Thank you. I am praying for you, all the time in my heart. You have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless You!"
"It was so touching to receive these cards," said Chief Electronics Technician (SW) Elizabeth Barnes, Truman's Family Readiness Group (FRG) Liaison. "In this day and age, hand-written cards are extremely special."
The box was given to Truman's Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) for distribution to Sailors throughout the ship.
"Receiving these cards let us know we are appreciated," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Fuels] 3rd Class (AW/SW) Tiffany Thomas, a member of Truman's JEA. "It shows just how much others care for us and haven't forgotten about us during the holiday season."
Once the JEA received the cards, they decided to generate their own thank you by setting up a Christmas card booth in the aft mess decks and offering crew members the opportunity to write a reply back to her.
"When I saw the amount of letters and thought about the time and effort she put into writing them, I just knew I had to do something. Helping with this is an honor for me," said Thomas. "If Ms. Massie can take the time to write 400 Christmas cards for us, then we can take the time to write our words of appreciation to her. Everyone is amazed and tells me how sweet she is to have done this special thing for us."
Many crew members have decided to send Massie donated Truman memorabilia for her to remember the crew by, such as flight deck jerseys, embroidered officer and enlisted ball caps, a deployment cruise book, photos and patches, and the popular 'Don't Stop Believing' music video the crew made together.
"I want to tell Ms. Massie thank you from the bottom of my heart," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Handling] 3rd Class (AW) Ashley Frazier. "She doesn't even know us and for her to think of us is inspiring. You wouldn't think there are still people out there in the world that would do something like this for complete strangers, but there are. I feel so appreciated because we rarely get a thank you for the work we do."
"Some people don't have the heart or the time to consider ever doing this," said Machinist's Mate Fireman (SW) Raven McKennis. "I know I appreciate her effort and I thank you, Ms. Massie."
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