WILMINGTON — Collection has began for the 2015 Holiday Mail for Heroes program, meaning that Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the Red Cross.
From now until the third week of December, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world.
“It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Deanna Liermann, Clinton and Highland County Leadership Council chair. “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by dropping them off any time in the collection container located at the former Red Cross office at 50 S. Mulberry St., or one of the following collection sites:
• Blanchester Library
• Clinton County Farm Bureau
• Clinton-Massie Branch Library
• Liberty Center
• McBrayer Real Estate
• New Vienna Public Library
• Sabina Public Library
• Southern State Community College North Campus Learning Resource Center
• Wilmington Public Library
Red Cross volunteers across the U.S. and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. Holiday Mail for Heroes is a nationwide program, and last year more than 1.8 million cards were distributed to the troops and their families as a part of our annual Holiday Campaign.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be turned in by December 17, so that they may be sorted and delivered.
Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, contact information, monetary donations, or any other kinds of inserts with the cards and from using glitter.
For questions about the Holiday Mail for Heroes project, please contact Kelley Robbins at Kelleyjrobbins@gmail.com.
The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites through out the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families.