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MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH: 12 year old sends post cards to USS Eisenhower

MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH: 12 year old sends post cards to USS Eisenhower
Posted at 10:14 PM, May 16, 2024

NAPLES, Fla. — Age really is just a number for one Naples preteen.
Sutton Shanahan is doing something for those who serve our country, just on time for Military Appreciation Month.

"I want other people in other states to support my non-profit, so just besides doing social media posts, how am I going to do that," she asked herself.

Her answer to that, in this day of social media and multiple platforms, is something a little more traditional... involving post cards.

Shanahan isn't old enough to have a drivers license, has not had to fill out that selective service form, and has several more years before she'll ever cast her first ballot.

...But she is a CEO, and runs a non-profit called Kidz 4 a Cause. It focuses on getting other kids involved in community service.

Her latest mission is challenging people from each state to send a post card to a soldier stationed aboard the USS Eisenhower.

"I think it's really cool that they know that my non-profit exists."

In her process of giving back, she's reminding military members, their service does not go unnoticed by any age group, and it doesn't stop here.

"On June 17, I am going to Virginia and laying the wreath at the Arlington Cemetery," she said.

Kansas and Minnesota are the only two states Sutton does not have post cards from yet. If you know anyone in those states who may want to participate, send them here: 4651 Mercantile Ave. Naples, FL 34104.

Sutton welcomes duplicates from any state and is happy to send those on as well.