Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Parent to Parent: Savannah's Soldiers
Believing in yourself is an important lesson for children to learn early on. One South Florida girl is doing just that and supporting our troops at the same time. 7's Lynn Martinez brings us Savannah's Soldiers in tonight's Parent to Parent.
Savannah Maddison: "I could sing before I could talk."
But it wasn't until her best friend's father, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army was being deployed to Afghanistan that her true talent really started to shine.
Savannah Maddison: "Freedom's not free so we have to be brave if this has to be Lord protect him always."
She wrote Wilson's Song in honor of her best friend.
Savannah Maddison: "I can't imagine my dad or mom going away to Afghanistan for an entire year. That would just break my heart."
But she wanted to do more so she and her mom started Savannah's Soldiers'. A letter-writing campaign for our troops.
Monique Ogden: "He had about 700 men under him, and she was going to send them letters for the year they were deployed."
Savannah Maddison: "You are a true American hero."
But since then, Savannah's mission has really taken off. Students at schools across Florida and other states started writing letters of support to the soldiers. More than 2,000 to be exact.
Savannah Maddison: "The kids will edit the letters, and they really put their heart into them, and they're really just beautiful when they come back."
Savannah's goal is to be in every school in the country with thousands of letters pouring in.
Savannah Maddison: "Sending a letter to a soldier, you're putting a smile on somebody's face, and that's really important."
And she also plans to follow her other dream, to be a famous singer-songwriter one day.
Her advice to all young people out there? Don't ever give up on your dreams.
Savannah Maddison: "Do you believe in me like I believe in you?"
Lynn Martinez: "More exciting news, Savannah will be performing at the Fort Lauderdale 4th of July spectacular tomorrow. There will be a tent set up to write letters to the troops.
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