Arlington community members came down to the local library on Nov. 10 to help put together cards for veterans in honor of Veterans Day.

The Arlington Library hosted the event which helped locals put together cards for the nonprofit organization Operation Gratitude which sends care packages to various groups.

"They send these cards to veterans, to first responders, deployed military members and new recruits," said Abby Reveles, teen services librarian at the Arlington Library.

"We're focusing on veterans because it's Veterans Day tomorrow, but whoever they feel touched to reach out to is okay," she said.

Many came out to honor the veterans that they know personally.

"Most people have had someone in their lives who has served in the military. I certainly can't forget my uncle who passed away a few years ago and he was a long-time Army vet," said Reveles.

Linda Queen made cards at the event to honor her father.

"My dad was a veteran and we lost him a few years ago this month," she said.

"It's been a negative time and not so good, and this is just a block away for me so I can walk here and do something positive. Doing something positive always helps me counteract negative things in my life and that's what I was doing today in memory of my dad," she said.

Reveles said that many of the people who stop by talk about the veterans they know.

"I like hearing stories from people about those they knew who served and also just talking about what impact those people have had on their lives," Reveles said.

Locals also came out to recognize Veterans Day, including parent Stephanie Jean-Louis brought her children to help make cards.

"We have some veterans in our family, and at school we just had a Veterans Day assembly so I want them to understand the importance of honoring the veterans and those who have served," she said.

Reveles said that the library did a card making event for hospitalized kids in February and hope to do more in the future.

"This will probably become a more regular thing," she said.

"I make civic engagement a priority when I'm planning programs, so any time I can help people say 'thank you' or give back to their community I try to jump on it," she said.

Events like card making are good ways to help think of other people, said Reveles.

"I think it's great any time you can turn your attention away from yourself and remember that there are people out there who are literally risking their lives," she said.

More information about the Arlington Library and their events is available at www.sno-isle.org/locations/arlington.

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