Utica, NY - Georgia Tucci’s son served two tours in Iraq and was there during Christmas one year. It bothered him how many of his fellow soldiers never received holiday mail, so she sent cards for her son to give out to soldiers who didn’t receive any. This year, a local newspaper ad for the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Hero’s” campaign prompted her to take a bigger initiative in sending holiday cheer to soldiers. Tucci, a registered nurse with The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, involved people in all of the Arc programs in making Christmas cards. They recently sent out over 500 cards to service men and women all around the world.


In 2006, Tucci’s son lost both legs while serving in Iraq. She is thankful to the medic who treated her son and saved his life. She says “I wanted to do something, if even this small thing, to repay our service members, and especially the ones that saved my son’s life. It’s certainly worth the effort.”

The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC is a non-profit human services agency which provides advocacy and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Oneida and Lewis counties. To learn more about The Arc, visit www.thearcolc.org.


People served by The Arc, prepare to mail cards to soldiers around the world