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Red Cross and Rams Team Up to Send Holiday Mail to Heroes

Rams Defensive End Chris Long
During the holidays, the Red Cross makes an effort to reach our servicemen and women and share a wish from home.

This holiday season, the Red Cross is partnering with the St. Louis Rams to send greetings to active military, their families and veterans in homes and hospitals. Rams Defensive End Chris Long has volunteered to be the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes honorary chair.

The Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program has provided humanitarian support to the United States military, veterans and their families for nearly 130 years. During the holidays, the Red Cross makes an effort to reach our servicemen and women and share a wish from home. With help from our supporters, volunteers and sponsors, the Red Cross delivers holiday cards here at home and around the world. In 2011, more than 1.35 million cards went to troops deployed overseas and stationed locally. This year, partnering with the St. Louis Rams, the St. Louis Area Chapter hopes to collect 25,000 signed cards.

From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, the public can drop off signed cards at most local Hardees restaurants, BP stations and any Red Cross office. The Red Cross will collect the cards and send them to Washington, DC to be screened and shipped to U.S. military locations around the world. Cards from around the world will be shipped here to the St. Louis area.

Local Holiday Mail for Heroes Events:

  • Card Signing Event, Nov. 17, St. Louis Galleria
  • Card Signing Event, Nov. 18, Rams Home Game at Edward Jones Dome
  • Rams/Red Cross Blood Drive, Nov. 27, The Heights Recreation Center in Richmond Heights *Long will appear at blood drive*
  • Sponsors for the effort include BP, Fleishman-Hillard, Hardees and Northern Trust. As honorary chair, Long recorded a PSA and appears in media and collaterals surrounding the program, including a special Rams/Red Cross holiday card.

    The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

    About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:

    Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, approximately 2,000 volunteers serve the city of St. Louis and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. Representing 96 percent of the workforce, they teach lifesaving classes, help prepare for and respond to disasters, help veterans, military members and their families, and support blood drives. Along with our generous donors, volunteers make it possible to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs and how you can help, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit