FORT WALTON BEACH — The Daughters of the American Revolution hope to set a world record, and they need your help.

The organization wants to collect and mail at least 10,000 letters to deployed military personnel. The feat could land the organization in the Guinness Book of World Records.

DAR chapters from across the country, including the Choctawhatchee Bay and West Florida Chapter-Destin, will participate in the effort.

The DAR is partnering with the Northwest Florida Daily News and its sister publications, the Crestview News Bulletin, The Destin Log and the Walton Sun, to collect the letters.

These are the rules:

●Individuals may submit one letter each. Envelopes must not be sealed.

●Letters may be addressed to specific deployed individuals or to active duty personnel serving at military installations listed at

●Every letter must contain three components: a greeting (e.g. Dear Soldier or Dear John Smith); an original message of support/appreciation; and a closing (e.g. love, thanks, sincerely) and a signature.

●There is no age restriction, so letters from children may be included.

●All letters must be the original submission of the participant — no form letters/templates may be used. They should be handwritten and include your return name/address on the envelope.

●All letters must bear a 49-cent first class U.S. postage stamp; letters without postage will be discarded.

Readers who would like to participate may drop their missives off at our offices at 2 Eglin Parkway NE in Fort Walton Beach, 638 N. Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview or 5597 Highway 98 West in Santa Rosa Beach.

See for more information on the project.