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Woman writes Christmas cards for service men and women

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Tweets, texts, e-mails are all part of the way we now talk to each other. But we discovered someone who is keeping a lost art alive, touching people in a special way this holiday season.

Gloria Dale does it from her almost hidden personal spot in a Dunkin Donuts.

Among the caffeinated joy and guilty pleasures, Gloria's hands are always busy writing Christmas cards for soldiers and veterans

"I come in about quarter of five, five o' clock and sometimes I will leave at noon," Gloria said. "Sometimes I will leave at one. Sometimes I will leave at four."

For the past eight years, this has become Gloria's gift to men and women who wear the uniform and can't be home for the holidays.

"I write Christmas cards to the veterans," Gloria said. "We send them overseas to the troops, nursing homes, and the hospitals."

So far, she has written more than 1,800 cards this year.

"Keeps my arthritis from cranking up, ha," Gloria laughs.

At 78, Gloria's used to working her hands. She's a retired drug store cashier and is just as spirited and personal today as when she stood behind the register.

"I could get a stamp that says Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but I want them to feel like that somebody cares about them," Gloria said.

Gloria carefully signs each card, places it in an envelope, and hand writes each address. A personal touch all the way.

"Makes me feel good to just know that I'm doing something that might make somebody else have a smile, or know that somebody is thinking of them," Gloria says.

A small gesture from a big heart, tucked away in her little corner of the world.

Gloria buys the cards, and the Lutz-Land-O-Lakes Women's Club pays for the postage.

Lutz-Land-O-Lakes Women's Club

Contact Gloria: (813) 215-1045

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