How it all started: Savannah and Wilson are best friends. Last year, Wilson told Savannah her dad was being deployed to Afghanistan. Savannah was shocked – she put herself in Wilson’s shoes and couldn’t picture the thought of her own parents going away that long. “That would just crush me”, she said.
Moved by that, Savannah wrote a song for her friend. (Aww, sweet)
Next, Savannah put her head together with her friend – the intention was to do something to help the men and women like Wilson’s dad who were being sent out to Afghanistan. What came out of that was ‘Savannah’s Soldiers’, a campaign in which kids write and send letters to the troops over there.
It sounds like the aim is/was to send 700 letters as Savannah’s mum mentions that figure in the video.
When the campaign first started, Savannah would invite children over to write and they’d pen 30 to 40 letters a week. Word’s been spreading as she also goes to schools to speak and to Miami Marlins (baseball) games to raise awareness of her campaign.
It’s since grown to thousands of letters!
And the servicemen and women out there appreciate it. Some have taken pictures of the letters they’ve received and posted it on Savannah’s Facebook wall.
She’s hoping more kids will join the campaign, across more states.
It’s amazing what she’s doing – especially for someone so young.