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Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort

As I think about what I’m thankful for this holiday season, I’m grateful to those who protect our nation so we have the freedom enjoy this special time with our friends and families.

Recognizing the efforts of the armed forces has become a year-round mission for some Disney VoluntEARS, who send notes of encouragement to U.S. troops just to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

Founded by a Disneyland Resort cast member in 1995, Operation Uplift was inspired by a letter from a soldier serving in Operation Desert Storm. That note said the troops didn’t receive much mail, but when they did, it meant the world to them because they knew people back home cared.

Since that time, Disney VoluntEARS around the country have sent more than 90,000 postcards of support and thanks to servicemen and servicewomen serving domestically and overseas.

Disney Cast Members Pen Postcards of Thanks to U.S. Troops

Those who participate in Operation Uplift say they find great reward in sharing the magic of Disney with military men and women who are serving far from friends and family.

While it might seem like a small gesture, it’s nice to know that these patriotic postcards offer a salute with a smile and brighten many a day.


  • What a great idea! Small gestures can have such a big impact on the recipients. It reminds me of the times my daughter has received Mickey Mouse stickers (out of the blue) from cast members. She treasures them! Bravo to all the cast members that took the time to express their gratitude to the soldiers.

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