2002-02-23 / Front Page

‘I Want To Help People Feel Good’ Local Girl Aims To Help U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

By Gary G. Toms

‘I Want To Help People Feel Good’
Local Girl Aims To Help U.S. Troops In Afghanistan
By Gary G. Toms


Hey Rockaway, I need your help! Allison-Frances Johnson, age 5, is launching a letter writing and picture drawing campaign to put smiles on the faces of troops serving in Afghanistan. She proudly displays her drawing of an Army tank, soldiers and the American flag in Afghanistan.Hey Rockaway, I need your help! Allison-Frances Johnson, age 5, is launching a letter writing and picture drawing campaign to put smiles on the faces of troops serving in Afghanistan. She proudly displays her drawing of an Army tank, soldiers and the American flag in Afghanistan.

If the act of giving is an indication of true success in life, then Allison-Frances Johnson has a very bright future ahead of her. The lively, sweet five year old, who attends P.S. 114, is spearheading an effort to get a letter writing and picture drawing campaign started, and the items will be forwarded to the troops serving in Afghanistan.

"I want to help people feel good. It’s a way of showing the troops that we care," said Allison.

P.S. 114 had engaged in a letter and picture writing campaign for the victims and relatives in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, and Allison’s mother believes that is where her daughter got the idea to start the campaign.

"She has really been serious in her efforts to get this started. She has written a number of letters and drawn several pictures to kick things off. I hope more people will join her in helping spread joy to the troops in Afghanistan," said the girl’s mother, a Belle Harbor resident for the last 11 years.

Allison urges kids her age, and older, to get involved, even if they are not good at writing letters.

"If it’s hard for them to write a letter, they can draw a picture for the soldiers," she said shyly.

If you are interested in helping Allison in her campaign, please send all letters and drawings to the office of The Wave: 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, New York-11963. The cut-off date for receiving letters and drawings is March 15, due to the fact that it takes two weeks for the mail to reach the troops, and Allison would like the soldiers to receive a letter or drawing by the Easter holiday.


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