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Kidz 4 Troops

A Metro Tech instructor has taken it upon himself to ensure that all our service men and women receive a kind word of encouragement from some warm hearts during this holiday season.
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Show 0851: Kidz 4 Troops

Air date: December 21, 2009



Rob:  Well there's nothing like coming home for the holidays.  But for many of our troops serving abroad, duty prevents them from spending time with their families, which is why one Metro Tech instructor has taken it upon himself to ensure that all of our service men and women get a kind word of encouragement from some warm hearts this holiday season.  Our Russ Jowell introduces us.

Spencer Cluff:  I wanted to do something that was impactful with the troops that are deployed over in Iraq and Afghanistan, and so I decided to start a letter writing campaign.

Russ:  And what started as a small event in Spencer Cluff’s classroom at Metro Tech has now evolved into “Kids For Troops,” a nationwide program with the sole purpose of providing letters of encouragement to those serving our country abroad.

Spencer Cluff:  There’s really no avenue for folks to display patriotism. They want to support the troops.  They want to show that they support the country, that they’re proud of the country.  But really there’s no tangible way.  They can send letters off, but you have to know the website.  You have to know what to do, what to send, and so it gets very technical, and so a lot of people aren’t aware of what to do.  So this is a very simple means for them, to be able to send it here, and I just take care of it.

Russ:  A simple job that’s grown into a monumental task for Cluff.

Spencer Cluff:  My mailbox is about this big, little, tiny, about as small as you can get.  And yet I get all this mail, and they’re very cool about it.  They don’t give me a hard time.  But, you know, I’ve got pictures where they’re bringing out carts full of letters, boxes, and carts full of letters; and they just go ahead and let me have some of the bigger mailboxes, you know, when I need too.

Russ:  And despite its name, the program has now grown to include people of all ages, and all groups.

Spencer Cluff:  Initially it was kids in school, up to 18, I guess, seniors.  Now it’s blossomed into veterans groups, blue star mothers, widows, veterans.  I mean pretty much all walks of life have written into the program.

You know you can be the most battle-hardened soldier, but you get a letter from a kid saying dear hero, you know when I grow up I want to be like you, and thank you for making me safe.  I mean, you can’t help but be touched by that and motivated.  Because they know as well as you and I that, that’s just truth, that’s absolute honesty right there.

Rob:  And to learn more about how to get involved with the Kidz 4 Troops Program, simply visit our website at where we have a link.