Happy holidays, Delaware!

Dear friend,

I am writing to wish you a happy holiday season! This is truly one of my favorite times of the year, and seeing the holiday spirit take shape across Delaware makes it even more special. Something about this time of year truly brings out the best in us, and throughout my time in public service, I have been lucky to share in that joy at parades, community events, and charity drives up and down our great state.

As we gather with family and friends, let’s never forget how lucky we are to be surrounded by our loved ones this time of year. I remember all too well from my service in the Vietnam War what it’s like not being able to spend the holidays at home. That’s why Martha and I recently joined the Red Cross to write to American servicemembers across the globe who aren’t able to be with their loved ones this season, letting them know just how much their service is appreciated. I’m also eternally grateful to our military families – coming from one such family myself, I know how much you sacrifice for our country every day, especially this time of year. As always, Martha and I are keeping our servicemembers and their families in our prayers.

No matter where you’re spending the holidays this season, I want to thank you for making our state a great place to live and work. That’s especially true this time of year, when so many of us come together to help our neighbors in need. I’ve always been amazed by the spirit of volunteerism that defines Delaware this time of year, and if you’re spending any time serving your community this holiday, please know that it goes such a long way. In my own experience, whether it’s been serving hot meals at food drives or collecting proceeds for the Salvation Army, I’ve been inspired by the generosity of so many folks across our state. There is truly no greater joy in life than serving others.

As I look to next year, I’m excited to continue to build on all the progress we’ve made thus far – but for now, may your holiday season be filled with peace and blessings.

God Bless,

Tom Carper