Spread Some Cheer: Holiday Cards for Heroes


I am so blessed to live in this country. Seriously, over the past few days at various places I have been where veterans have been asked to stand and be recognized, I have realized how many in my own community have protected my freedom. With Veterans Day yesterday and the holiday season just around the corner, I wanted to say thank you to our veterans and service members in a way that would make someone smile.

In years past, I have helped with a project called Holiday Mail for Heroes through the Red Cross. With so many service men and women away from home during the holiday season, the Red Cross offers this program so people can “Give Something That Means Something.”  Individuals are asked to write cards to say thanks, and provide encouragement to members of our military, veterans and families of military personnel. Because these cards are delivered close to the holidays, card writers are encouraged to wish these wonderful people “happy holidays.”

While I haven’t made it a priority before, I decided that the simplest holiday card could mean so much to someone away from home. I bought a large stack of holiday cards and asked my teammates, friends, classmates, and family members to write a card or two for someone who might need a little extra holiday cheer this year. I am overwhelmed by everyone’s willingness to write a card and I am filled with joy that so many people can brighten the day of someone who makes such a difference for our country.

I really encourage you to participate in this amazing program. How can you help? It’s SO easy. You can buy holiday cards or make your own. Ask people in your life to write a card and take them in to a Red Cross office in your area. Oh and one important note, while it goes without saying glitter is a fun festive addition, they do ask that your card does not have any because some cards will go to military personnel in hospitals. Make sure you take your cards in within the next couple of weeks to make sure they will be delivered close to the holidays. No matter how many cards you contribute, each one makes an important difference!

Here is a link to Holiday Mail for Heroes on the Red Cross website.

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