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Red Cross ‘Santas’ Deliver 500 Wii Consoles to Military Families

Wrapping gifts in Denver
We hope these gifts will not only brighten the holidays of families that have faced some tough battles – both figuratively and literally – but also provide a real resource to aid in their daily lives.

As part of its Service to the Armed Forces program, the American Red Cross Mile High Region delivered hundreds of packages containing new video gaming consoles to local military families whose service members have been wounded on duty or are currently deployed.

Volunteers from the Red Cross delivered the gifts to military families and wounded warriors at a private “Breakfast with Santa” event at Buckley Air Force Base on Saturday, Dec. 8. Red Cross volunteers also handed out holiday cards signed by the public as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

“We hope these gifts will not only brighten the holidays of families that have faced some tough battles – both figuratively and literally – but also provide a real resource to aid in their daily lives; in addition to being a fun tool to bring families together, these gaming consoles have proven useful in the physical therapy of wounded warriors. And for those families with a service member still deployed, we hope this will provide some uplifting entertainment and a bit of respite for spouses taking care of their kids on their own,” said Tim Bothe, manager of the Red Cross Mile High Region Service to the Armed Forces program.

Volunteers with the Red Cross and the University of Colorado Denver Foundation gathered at the Mile High Chapter in Denver on Friday, Dec. 7, to wrap 500 of the Wii gaming consoles.

The Red Cross has a long history of providing services to support the health, mental health and morale of members of the U.S. military and their families. The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program provides an essential service in the form of delivering emergency communications between local deployed service members and their loved ones at home; in addition to emergency communications Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces programs include pre- and post-deployment briefings to help members of the military cope with deployment and re-integrate when they come home; resources and referrals for military families; support for veterans hospitals and wounded warrior programs; and morale-boosting programs like Holiday Mail for Heroes and events such as this gift delivery.