WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A Moses Lake woman drove to Walla Walla on Tuesday to deliver thousands of handmade thank you cards to veterans.
Elisia Dalluge is a substitute at Moses Lake Elementary. She got the entire school to create the cards by hand before making the two-hour drive to Johnathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center to hand them out.
She spent the entire afternoon at the listening to veterans' stories and thanking them for their service.
Dalluge says this isn't just a good deed. It's a calling.
"My heart beats for compassion, love and empathy, and I like to donate my time for good causes," said Dalluge. "Taking the time out to talk to these veterans and watching them light up and listening to their stories from when they were overseas."
Ralph McKinney, a Vietnam veteran, was in tears when Dalluge him a card from one of the students, saying he's been waiting for this moment for almost 40 years.
"We didn't get this when we got out," said McKinney, referring to the Vietnam War. "We got shunned and rushed off. This means a lot."
Dalluge said making veterans happy is something she never gets tired of seeing.
"To give them a card and listen to them disclose how much they appreciate it, I can't even find the words to depict the amount of love and appreciation," said Dalluge.
Dalluge plans on expanding her journey of creating happiness for veterans internationally.
This Friday, she plans to meet with congressman Dan Newhouse, Senator Judy Warnick, and State Representative Tom Dent to send more cards overseas to soldiers.