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East Texas librarian collecting Christmas cards for soldiers, children

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TATUM, TX (KLTV) -

With only 14 days left until Christmas, holiday shopping is in full swing.

But, one East Texas woman says sometimes people get caught up in gifts and forget the little things. That's why she is starting Operation Hugs and Hope Christmas Cards.

Spreading Christmas spirit is important to Candi Mace and this year she wants the Tatum community to help by filling out Christmas cards for sick children and injured soldiers.

"It's truly what Christmas is about, it's about giving. It's not about what you can buy on a store shelf. It's about giving from your heart," says Candi Mace, manager of the Tatum Public Library.

Mace plans on sending cards to children at St. Jude's Hospital and Children's Scottish Rite Hospital.

Injured soldiers recovering at a Houston military hospital will also receive cards.

"A card is not a whole lot but if somebody writes a special message in there it could mean a lot for somebody in the hospital and so that's where it got started," says Mace.

Now, people old and young are creating their own special Christmas message to send out.

"I drew my name and a picture of people," says four-year-old Lane as she filled out her card.

The blank cards are already at the Tatum Public Library. People just have to come in, fill a card out and put in the collection box.

"It's quite a thing with your spirit, your emotions and your attitude," says LeRoy Palmer, a veteran filling out cards.

Palmer served in the army and knows just how meaningful words of support can be.

"The community has been with them all the time but now they got a chance to show it. Instead of just feeling it, we can show it and explain that we are here," says Palmer.

Mace says she hopes the people who get the cards know that one East Texas community is thinking about and praying for this Christmas.

The Tatum Public Library has already collected around 30 cards.

The last day to fill out a card will be December 18, after the Tatum Christmas parade. 

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