A fine designThis photo is a rough design of what the metal plaques will look like after they are cut by DCM Metal Fabrication owner Brad Doyle. The
A fine design This photo is a rough design of what the metal plaques will look like after they are cut by DCM Metal Fabrication owner Brad Doyle. The plaques will be painted by school children in Bryson and will be given to 125 veterans Dec. 21 at the Dallas VA Medical Center. (Sherri Counts Chapman)
In an effort to spread Christmas cheer, Master's Press in Graham and the Freedom Care Warrior Project have teamed up to give veterans a merry Christmas with the help of Jack County children.

The duo will host Hugs for Heroes, an event to recognize and appreciate veterans during the holiday season, at the Dallas VA Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Area children in Graham, Bryson and Jacksboro will write letters to veterans voicing their appreciation for their service to their country.

“We're going to hit 125 vets in the Dallas VA,” said Sherri Counts Chapman, Master's Press graphic designer and event co-organizer. “We are going to bring them down some Christmas cookies that are donated by Momma's Catering.”

Master's Press will make T-shirts that say, “Hug a Hero.” The shirt is designed is to make it look like they are hugging a veteran with arms printed on the back.
The shirt will have the names of sponsors printed on the back. DCM Metal Fabrication owner Brad Doyle will cut Chapman's design of a waving American Flag with the silhouette of a solder and the words, “Hug A Hero” into a metal 6 by 9 inch steel plaque.

The plaques will be painted by children in Bryson, and Bryson Girl Scout Troop 8324 children will wrap the plaques in the T-shirts and tie them off with a ribbon to be hand delivered by area children to a veteran.

Sponsors are currently needed for the event.

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Any amount of monetary sponsorships will be accepted. Those donating $100 and more will receive their name on the back of the Hugs for Heroes Shirt. Funds will help pay for shirts and plaques.

Remaining funds will benefit the FCWP, which gives veterans from near and far a retreat in Graham where they can stay and visit with fellow veterans.

To become a sponsor or to have your child participate in the event, call Chapman at (940) 521-0805.

Read the full article in the Jack County Herald Dec. 13