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Red Cross and St. Louis Rams Have Collected 15,000 Signed Holiday

Rams Defensive End Chris Long

ST. LOUIS, NOVEMBER 19, 2012— The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is proud to announce it has already collected 15,000 cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The goal is to collect a total of 25,000 cards to send to active military, their families and veterans in homes and hospitals. Cards will be distributed both here at home and around the world.

Teaming up with the St. Louis Rams, the Red Cross collected about 10,000 cards this weekend at card signing events at the St. Louis Galleria on Saturday and the Rams home game at the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. An additional 5,000 cards from previous submissions had already been counted.

Holiday cards are being collected throughout the month of November at participating BP gas stations, Hardees restaurants and Red Cross offices. 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.

On Nov. 27, the public can also support the Red Cross in two ways at the official Rams/Red Cross blood drive at The Heights Recreation Center in Richmond Heights. In addition to giving blood, they can sign an official Rams/Red Cross holiday card. Rams Defensive End Chris Long is the honorary chair of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program and is scheduled to appear at the blood drive. He also appeared in a PSA for the campaign, as well as other media and collaterals.

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. For the Holiday Mail for Heroes program in 2011, more than 1.35 million cards went to troops deployed overseas and stationed locally. Sponsors for the effort include BP, Fleishman-Hillard, Hardees and Northern Trust.

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, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit