Pathways North Helps Make The World a Little Happier

Sending Holiday Cheer to Soldiers Deployed Overseas

After a random plea caught wind on social media, the individuals and staff at Reena’s “Pathways North Quest” group spent one cold dreary morning making the day brighter by drawing and writing to create twenty-one hand made cards.

A Canadian Armed Forces Twitter account @CAFinUS sent a tweet asking for holiday greetings.

Dear friends,
Many of us will spend the holidays with our families.
Many of us will not. You can send them a greeting at this address:
Any Canadian Armed Forces Member
PO Box 5004 Stn Forces
Belleville, ON
K8N 5W6
It would mean a lot if you did.

After seeing the post spread to Facebook, the idea was brought to the group.
Our individuals were so enthusiastic to get started they began as soon as they could get their hands on some paper so they could meet the December 9th deadline. Each card had a personal sentiment from the individual that created it, and many thanked the soldiers for their service, along with their holiday wishes.

There are currently approximately 2,100 soldiers deployed on 28 overseas missions, that means there are 2,100 individuals that may not get to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

The cards Pathways made will hopefully bring some of that Holiday Joy we all wish to capture, to some of the bravest people that serve our great Country. It is estimated the small group of dedicated Canadian Forces staff that are preparing the cards have processed around 15,000 cards and letters over the past week and coming from all over the world.

Our group was happy to participate in this experience which shows that despite our beliefs, religious or ethnic backgrounds, we can all do a little something to help make the world a little happier. Happy Holidays from Pathways North.