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May 28, 2013 > Cards show caring for soldiers and hospitalized children

Cards show caring for soldiers and hospitalized children

Submitted By Frank De Smidt

Milpitas Rotarians and guests recently learned of Penny Ryan's Community Card Service Project at a Rotary meeting May 6. Ryan, a Milpitas High School Cafeteria Supervisor, creates handmade greeting cards from scratch. These are sent to military soldiers, veterans, and hospitalized children. She was accompanied by her veteran husband Mike Ryan at the meeting.

She said over 1,500 cards were made last year and sent to make people feel better and let them know others are thinking of them. Penny works with students from Milpitas High and Cal Hills High, who assemble and create greeting cards for community service credits. Penny added that Jeff Waugh's Special Ed class is also making cards; some have been sent to Splashes For Joy in Montana.

Other recipients include; Send Love Today, Life Sources of Baton Rouge, Midland Care of Topeka, Kansas, Cards for Soldiers, Veteran's Health Care Systems of the Ozarks, Grey Matters Foundation, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and SAS for Kids.

Her project uses lots of card stock, decoration sheets, and supplies like glue runners and glue sticks and needs donations to continue. Rotarians passed the hat Monday and collected $215 in cash to help out.

Penny and Mike Ryan can be contacted by mail at their home: 3128 Zion Lane, San Jose, CA 95132.

The Milpitas Rotary Club meets on Mondays from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at Brandon's Restaurant in the Beverly Heritage Hotel.

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