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Q100’s Bert Show gets more than 200,000 thank you letters for troops in time for Thanksgiving

Home-schooled 11-year-old Hailey Odom of Covington drove to Q100 headquarters to stack letters with her mom Valerie. They have several family members overseas. PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Home-schooled 11-year-old Hailey Odom of Covington drove to Q100 headquarters to stack letters with her mom Valerie. They have several family members overseas. PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

For a third time, Q100’s Bert’s Show has achieved its goal to send at least one hand-written letter to every military personnel who is overseas during Thanksgiving: more than 200,000.

This is actually half as many letters as they needed last year, when 400,000 troops were overseas, many in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bert Weiss said he’d now like to do this every year. The show tried it once in 2007 and brought in more than 300,000 letters.  A year later, they attempted a digital version but that didn’t work. In 2011, they revived the old-fashioned letter-writing campaign. “There’s something so special to receive something hand written,” Weiss said.

The landlord for the building where Q100 studios are based allowed them to use empty space above their studios for the past week to stack, organize and count the letters, most of which flooded in the past week. Anywhere from 20 to 50 volunteers at any given time did the sorting from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day since Nov. 7. Bert Show operations manager Tommy Owen (who can be heard every week doing a weekly rap summary of the show’s happenings) oversees the entire operation.

The U.S. Postal Service was set to send off the last batches for delivery this afternoon.

A year ago, Q100 received a call from Michelle Obama for their campaign.

The Bert Show cast teased Bert Weiss about this poster because it makes Bert appear to be the same height as Jeff Dauler.

The Bert Show cast teased Bert Weiss about this poster because it makes Bert appear to be the same height as Jeff Dauler.

Bert Weiss, Kristin Klingshirn, a pregnant Jennifer Hobby and Bert Weiss (jokingly on a chair given his short stature).

Bert Weiss, Kristin Klingshirn, a pregnant Jennifer Hobby and Bert Weiss (jokingly on a chair given his short stature).

The Bert Show goofing around

Hiram single mom Andrea Ward came in to volunteer. She has three cousins overseas in the military. Here she is conversing with Jenn Hobby.

Hiram single mom Andrea Ward came in to volunteer. She has three cousins overseas in the military. Here she is conversing with Jenn Hobby.

Intern Melissa Nevels said she has listened to the Bert Show since it began in 2001 and is thrilled to be able to work with them.

Intern Melissa Nevels said she has listened to the Bert Show since it began in 2001 and is thrilled to be able to work with them.

Kristin Klingshirn helps out with the sorting. Her brother James Morgan is a life-long U.S. Marine who was deployed in Afghanistan a year ago. Now, he's home in Kentucky with newborn twins.

Kristin Klingshirn helps out with the sorting. Her brother James Morgan is a life-long U.S. Marine who was deployed in Afghanistan a year ago. Now, he's home in Kentucky with newborn twins.

letters galore

Jeff Dauler, who has lost weight this past year after training for a triathlon, poses with volunteers Hailey Odom (left) and Valerie Odom (right)

Jeff Dauler, who has lost weight this past year after training for a triathlon, poses with volunteers Hailey Odom (left) and Valerie Odom (right)

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2 comments Add your comment

Just Sayin'

November 14th, 2012
9:08 pm

Way to go Bert Show for thanking the troops! On another topic: Jeff, you look great, keep up the good work!

Elizabeth

November 18th, 2012
9:22 am

I just want to say : Thank you !! Bert Show you guys Rock !!!!!!! .. I love you Jeff !!!!!!!!