Exeter restaurant collecting cards for veterans at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Veterans Day is this week and a local restaurant made it easy for kids to show their appreciation.

About 100 cards have been collected for veterans so far. The cards are hand-drawn by children in the community.

“They love the cards especially when they see them come from kids. It’s one thing that really really brightens up their day,” Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center volunteer service assistant Louis Smyth said.

Every card thanks veterans for their service in their own special way. One reads, “Thank you for keeping our country the land of the free”.

Trista Cruz owns American Grill in Exeter with her husband. The restaurant has been encouraging kids, who have come in over the past couple of weeks, to take the time to let veterans know they’re appreciated.

“Just thanking them for their service. It’s drawn by children, so it’s a lot of fun. You see a lot of personalities come out, hoping to bring a little cheer to our local veterans,” said Cruz.

Cruz dropped the cards off at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Plains Township Monday so that local veterans could enjoy the messages in time for Veterans Day on November 11th.

“Veterans Day is so important because it reminds everyone of what our men and women in the military did throughout history,” said Smyth.

Smyth says the VA is always accepting donations and cards for area veterans which are much needed with limited visitors allowed inside.

“With this whole COVID thing going on right now, this is a great way for people to reach out and give to our veterans,” Smyth said.

The American Grill says they have another collection coming up called Operation Veteran Supply Drop.

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