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Goal set for letter-writing effort

2:13 PM PDT, March 24, 2014

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Area nonprofits are collaborating next month on an effort to break the world record for most letters written to military personnel in one month.

The "Letters From Home" campaign — organized by the Costa Mesa-based Festival of Children Foundation, Encino-based Operation Gratitude and Irvine-based Team Kids — begins at noon April 12 in South Coast Plaza's Carousel Court.

The goal is to collect 10,000 letters between April 12 and May 12 and be eligible for a Guinness World Record, organizers said.

Letters not written at South Coast Plaza can also be submitted to Festival of Children Foundation, 3315 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

For more information, call (714) 438-3286 or visit http://www.festivalofchildren.org/letters.

Last year, "Letters From Home" achieved the record for most cards written for the troops in an afternoon. It generated 507 letters within a four-hour window.

—Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint