Thank you, veterans … my heroes.

Words fail to convey our heartfelt appreciation for the selfless commitment and sacrifice made by our veterans and their families to protect our freedom. I hope my sincerity and gratitude ring true when I say a simple Thank you.

Now we can put our words to action! I’m excited to announce a special mission done in partnership with my publisher, Gallery Books, and Operation Gratitude. We are kicking off the Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign. It’s a small task with big meaning.

Between now and December 3rd, I’m asking my readers to write a letter to our heroes to let them know we care about them and appreciate them this holiday season. Our letters will be included in care packages that will be sent by Operation Gratitude to deployed troops, veterans, first responders, and wounded warriors. Invite your family and friends, neighbors and colleagues to join us in this letter writing campaign. Colorful drawings (especially by kids) are welcomed and encouraged!

When your letter is ready, mail it to this address (postmarked by December 3rd):

Mary Alice Monroe Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign
c/o Gallery Books
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 13th floor
New York, NY 10020

CLICK HERE for the full details, which includes tips to help you get started if you don’t know what to say. If you want to include items beyond letters and drawings, there’s information about that too.

We’ll get an update by mid-December from my publisher about how many letters were sent for our letter writing campaign. I’m giddy with excitement knowing that together we will all be spreading a little joy to those who deserved to be thanked for their service and bravery.

I’m so proud that Gallery Books will donate boxes of A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS for Operation Gratitude as well. In addition Gallery will randomly select readers who contribute to our letter writing campaign to win a copy of my holiday novel. Again, CLICK HERE for all the details.

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In A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. I dedicated this book to my favorite veteran, my son.

Proud parents of a Marine

And I wrote A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS with all of our veterans in my heart. This novel is special to me because it raises awareness about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and their families.  It also delivers a strong message of hope and inspiration for all, especially for those currently battling PTSD.

At no greater time than the holidays are hope and inspiration needed, and together, we can help spread the spirit of Christmas around the world to our heroes this season through this special letter-writing mission.