PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- One Southwest Florida snowbird is spending hours each day scrapbooking for soldiers. The 99-year old and her daughter ship their handmade greeting cards overseas each month, so our servicemen and woman have a way to write home.
Olga Bales is wheelchair-bound and at 99-years old, her hands ache from arthritis. But nothing keeps her from her mission of bringing a little light to our troops.
"I just can't imagine how they feel over there. Must be so lonesome for them," Bales said Saturday.
So, Olga spends hours each day coloring and cutting away at handmade greeting cards...the inside left blank, so soldiers overseas have a free way to send their love back home.
"I think it gives them an idea that they can write, too. They can write to their families, as well as their families writing to them," Bales said.
She and her daughter pay for their supplies out of pocket and send the cards in bulk to military bases across the country. Each card is unique, and snipped down to the very last detail.
"She would do it from the time she gets up to the time she goes to bed, so we have a rule, you stay in the coloring chair for an hour and then you put your feet up for an hour," Bales daughter, Judy Ford said Saturday.
The mother-daughter duo have shipped off over 2,000 cards since they got started three years ago. As Olga closes in on the century mark, she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
"The ladies gave me a birthday party today and they gave me new pencils, so I'm going to have to do it for quite a long time!" Bales laughed.
The U.S. Navy has notified friends and family of Olga's that they're sending a letter of appreciation for all her work.