In collaboration with Okaloosa County School District, the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis International Service Club delivered more than 6,000 homemade holiday cards to active duty military and veterans.

OKALOOSA COUNTY — In collaboration with Okaloosa County School District, the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis International Service Club delivered more than 6,000 homemade holiday cards to active duty military and veterans.

In September, Kiwanis Vice President Elizabeth Alef approached Okaloosa School Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson and Assistant Superintendent Marcus Chambers with the idea of asking elementary school students to make holiday greeting cards for our military.

"We set a goal of 1,000 cards," Alef said. "This is our first year with this project. We asked that each student draw and color a card and write a special greeting to a service person. The only restriction was the use of glitter since glitter might get into a hospitalized service person's wounds."

The goal was exceeded with 6,428 greeting cards made by the Okaloosa County grade school students. Eglin Air Force Base Senior Master Sgt. Zachary Pate, Master Sgt. Larry Carpenter and Master Sgt. Natasha Crumpton were on hand to accept them.

The cards were delivered to the Red Cross Headquarters in Pensacola on Nov. 14, just in time for the holidays.