Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- During Memorial Day weekend, one local organization is looking to show appreciation to service members with thousands of thank you cards.

Operation Thank You plans to collect and send 3,000 cards to soldiers. The three-day event is a part of an on-going effort to collect 100,000 cards nationwide.

Every year, volunteers help collect cards at events though out the Midlands. Though Memorial Day, they will be at the AMC movie theater at Dutch Square Mall off of Bush River Road.

"Writing a personal message of encouragement on a card only takes a minute, but could encourage a military member for a lifetime, as these cards often become treasured keepsakes for service members, veterans and their families," says Chaplain Bolman, founder of the organization.

For more information about the organization visit