People wanting to help troops get in the Christmas spirit can write them a card this week.

The Clark Pleasant Branch of the Johnson County Public Library is having an Operation Santa drive at the library today through Saturday. The branch is at 530 Tracy Road, Whiteland. Library patrons of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Anna Reisz, a library assistant at the Clark Pleasant branch, tells you what you need to know about the event.

What is Christmas Cards for Operation Santa?

It is a come-and-go program we are hosting at the Clark Pleasant Branch. We will have supplies available for patrons to create Christmas cards to be sent to deployed troops from all branches of the United States Armed Forces.

When is it?

Our card-making station will be set up at the Clark Pleasant Branch.  Patrons can come in and create a card at any time during the library’s normal hours. The deadline for these cards is Nov. 1, so that is why we are hosting this so early.

 What can library patrons do?

Patrons can use the supplies provided by the library to create handmade Christmas cards that will be sent to deployed troops. Guidelines from will be available at the card-making station to give patrons ideas and suggestions.

Why is the library getting involved in this program?

The library has a history of seeking out opportunities to honor our troops around the holiday season, and this was a great opportunity to allow our patrons to reach out and thank them for their service while spreading some much-needed holiday cheer.

Where do the cards go?

The cards will be sent to the Operation Santa headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois, and from there they will be distributed to deployed troops in various parts of the world. Special focus is concentrated on troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, other high-risk areas and combat support hospitals.

Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.