December 17, 2011
In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, photo, Blake Lantz, 10, checks on the Christmas cards that he purchased and had others sign, in his home in Monroe City, Mo., for veterans hospitalized about 70 miles away in Columbia. Blake spent his own money to purchase more than 80 cards and has been going door-to-door in his small hometown getting people to sign them. (AP Photo/The Courier-Post, Danny Henley)
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Like most 10-year-olds, Blake Lantz of rural northeast Missouri is anxious about the holidays. It's just that his motivation is different.