Hpy Thxgvng: Text Your Troops

Project allows free messages of support for the holiday
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2007 7:06 AM CST
U.S. army soldiers stand after Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, unseen, administered an oath during a reenlistment ceremony at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A college freshman has helped the Department of Defense launch a project to send text messages of support to US troops, reports ABC. Cell companies are backing the "Giving Thanks" initiative, allowing participants to send free messages to the number 8-9-2-7-9 until midnight Thanksgiving Day.

Troops will be able to read all the messages on a website. The student hopes that by using young people's favorite way of communicating, the new project will help her generation connect with US soldiers serving their country—especially those spending Thanksgiving far from loved ones.