Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


11-year-old Ashley Hume displays Support Our Troops signs yesterday alongside some of the 300 letters she’s already hand-written and plans on sending to Canadian troops serving in Afghanistan.

An 11-year-old Edmonton girl is hoping to bring smiles to the faces of Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan with a care package containing 3,000 letters of warm wishes.

Through her website at, young Ashley Hume has so far collected 300 letters since starting her very own campaign in April just to “make sure Canadian soldiers will have a better day,” says her mother Kim Hume.

“She is a very selfless girl who thinks about other people before herself,” said Kim.

“I don’t think she understands the full impact she has had on making people happy.”

Ashley came up with the idea after watching an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where hosts collected 7,000 letters of support for American troops overseas, according to her mother.

Since they could collect 7,000 letters, Ashley said she would have no problem in collecting 3,000 letters for Canadian troops.

“The soldiers are there protecting our country and they are putting their lives on the line for our safety,” said Ashley. “They deserve a bit of credit.”

And Ashley said last week’s news about six Canadian soldiers being killed in Afghanistan, has only encouraged her to work harder.

“Their deaths really makes me think about the wonderful things that they have done for us,” said Ashley.

Support for troops seems to be increasing, says Cpl. Fraser Logan, a spokesman with the Edmonton Garrison.

“When you have a little girl doing this, especially when she has taken the time to collect well-wishes from Canadians, that has to be overwhelming for troops overseas,” said Logan, adding he plans on contacting Ashley to lend a hand in her letter-writing campaign.

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