Barwise students write letters to WWII veteran for birthday wish

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A Wichita Falls veteran has gone viral after a family member posted a photo of him online, asking for 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday.

The story has captured the hearts of many from across the country and right here at home. That’s why Barwise Middle School teacher Jessica Gardea and her class spent Friday writing birthday letters for World War II veteran Joe Cuba.

Gardea said it was important to her that her students do something special for a man apart of the greatest generation. 

“When I saw his post I just knew it was something I had to integrate. I teach writing and writing a formal letter, I know he asked for cards but it’s a way I can just slip it into my class and integrate everything all at once,” Gardea said.

Cuba is a resident at Brookdale Senior Living on Midwestern Parkway and his birthday is next Saturday.

According to employees at Brookdale, 60 birthday cards have been mailed so far but that number will soon grow. They said about 700 cards are coming from a school in Florida.

Cuba’s family is expecting to receive more than 3,000 birthday cards in all. Also, Cuba has been invited to Washington D.C. To see the World War II memorial.

If you’d like to help and send a letter, you can send it to 918 Midwestern Pkwy, Wichita Falls, TX 76302.

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