msnbc | December 16, 2011
>>> there, listen up. you know, just getting kids to write ten thank you notes after a birthday party that can be a real chore. so, all the more impressive that one 11-year-old is about to deliver 180,000 thank you cards for our troops. my next guest, steven goodman, decided two years ago he would make it his mission to let every u.s. service member overseas get a personalized pick me up and he joins me now live from phoenix. steven it is great to have you with me, buddy, and congratulatio congratulations, because i understand you just reached your goal today. you and your family are going to go to luke air force base to deliver 180,000 of these greeting cards to be sent abroad. so i have to ask, what inspired you to start on this journey that most kids probably would never think of?
>> well, my grandfather went overseas to vietnam and he didn't get any cards, so he felt forgot. so i want the troops overseas now to know that they are never forgotten.
>> stephen , i know you teamed up with kodak last year in this process. they printed -- helped you fund more than 100,000 of these cards, they got the word out to people around the country who then bought your cards to send overseas. what has this pros lesses been like for you? how do you feel about this big accomplishment?
>> well, it makes me feel excited because now that i'm done, due to the help of kodak and all the other people who helped, i can finally lift the spirit of our soldiers overseas.
>> stephen , we talk about the cards themselves, describe the cards to us. what do they say on the inside? what do they look like on the front?
>> on the front, it says thank you and it has got a picture of the united states . on the inside, it says for protecting our freedom or serving our country with a flag or a statue of liberty .
>> do i understand that you went over your actual goal though?
>> yes, i actually went to 181,612.
>> so, now you've achieved this goal, what's next in your sights? what can't you accomplish when you get it in your mind that you want to do something?
>> well, when -- since we have extra cards, we are going to send those to the different va hospitals around the country.
>> that's fantastic. well, congratulations. what are you doing for christmas this year? have you said what you want to get for christmas this year?
>> i wrote a list and i'm not sure if i'm getting it, but i wrote one.
>> what's at the top of that list there, stephen ?
>> it is a boom boo from best buy, a tablet for the computer.
>> gotcha. now we put it out there into the universe. hopefully that will be coming your way christmas morning . 11-year-old stephen goodman. thanks for joining me today. again, congratulations on the fantastic work you have done. i know you will lift the spirits of our troops all around the world. thank you.