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Thousands send Christmas cards for veteran who lost home, card collection in Louisiana flooding

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. — People all over the country are stepping up to help a 95-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who lost his home and card collection in the Louisiana floods in August.

Philip Haley joined the Marines when he was 18, Fox News reports. In 1942, he was captured and spent three and a half years in a Japanese POW camp.

So when he was finally released, he often discussed his experiences with neighbors, friends, students and strangers, who in turn thanked him with cards.

After Haley lost his home, his granddaughter Sarah Haley Cannon asked the nonprofit organization, Honor Flight, if they would help provide her grandfather with Christmas cards.

Since her request, cards are pouring in. Haley, who currently lives in an assisted living facility, drives home each day to get the mail.

To send Haley a Christmas card, click here.