WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis as the Granite Stater of the Month for September for her dedication to ensuring that America’s service men and women are not forgotten during the holiday season.
Laura is a trUe embodiment of New Hampshire’s “all-hands-on-deck” spirit. She began her tradition of collecting holiday cards for the troops years ago when she made all of her holiday dinner guests write a card to a service member before they could eat their turkey dinner. This tradition has continued to grow, as Laura has engaged her entire community and reached out to churches, synagogues, scout troops, schools, public officials, and the local media. Last year, Laura aimed to send 5,000 cards, one for every member of the U.S.S Theodore Roosevelt where a family friend was stationed. But Laura ended up far exceeding her goal, and received 17,000 cards. This year, Laura is aiming to top even that with a goal of sending 25,000 total cards, 5,000 for members of each branch of the military.
To learn more about Laura’s efforts, click here.
Senator Hassan launched the “Granite Stater of the Month” initiative last year to recognize outstanding New Hampshire citizens who go above and beyond to help their neighbors and make their communities stronger. To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a “Granite Stater of the Month,” constituents can complete the nomination form here.
Click here and see below for a statement that Senator Hassan submitted into the Congressional Record recognizing Laura Landerman-Garber.