Giving back: Operation Care Package

Last year, News 25 brought you a story about Darlene Carroll, a local minister who sent thousands of hand-signed Christmas cards to first responders and military serving overseas. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
News 25’s Payton Malone shows us how Minister Darlene Carroll is continuing this mission for this holiday season.
Christmas is still more than a month away, but Minister Darlene Carroll of Biloxi has been on a mission since January to send handwritten cards to first responders and military men and women serving overseas. It all started last year after Carroll’s father, a retired Seabee, passed away. This year’s special delivery includes more than 12,000 holiday greeting cards, all hand signed one by one. “I’ve had a lot of people say ‘why do you sign all these cards?’ They were like ‘I can’t believe you were signing these cards, get a stamp.’ But I just feel like if I do that it becomes less personal.”
During the project’s inaugural launch last year, Minister Carroll sent more than ten thousand greeting cards to our military. She got responses from some of the recipients, letters she treasures tied in with memories that keep her going even when her hands get tired. “I just wish I could see just one soldier get that card when they open it. Just have them open the bag, I just wish I was there. So, every one that I sign, I think, the person getting this bag what they’re going to think and they’re made with a lot of love.”
A love that was handed down by her father and a legacy she carries out. “I still don’t feel like it’s enough compared to what my dad did, but it’s something. I just thank God, that’s all I can do. I sit and look at the boxes and say wow, that’s a lot of cards.”
Cards that will be sent out as a special delivery after the Seabees pick them up this week.
Anyone who wishes to donate cards to Minister Carroll’s cause can drop them off at the front desk at the Santa Maria Del Mar Apartment Homes in Biloxi.

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