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Show Your Gratitude to Members of the Military this Season

Red Cross Los Angeles Holiday Mail for Heroes
More than 2,000 holiday cards were collected at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

Thank you to all the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade shoppers who took time to share personal notes of gratitude and decorate holiday cards for members of the military, veterans, and their families as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. More than 2,000 holiday cards were collected on Nov. 9 and 23 in Santa Monica and thousands of other cards were donated by businesses and organizations throughout the L.A. Region.

The campaign is sponsored locally by the Red Cross L.A. Region Tiffany Circle, a society of women leaders and philanthropists.

"One of the most important missions of the Red Cross is supporting members of the Military," said Judy Beck, L.A. Region Tiffany Circle Chair, member of the National Tiffany Circle Council, and Santa Monica Bay Chapter Board Chair. “We have been signing Holiday Cards for Heroes for the past eight years, and I am constantly amazed at how many retired military personnel come up to me and say how much it meant to receive a card when they were serving overseas, or staying in a VA Hospital.

The Red Cross is grateful to Castle Press of Pasadena for donating holiday cards, as well as Santa Monica-based Rosland Capital, which donated more than $12,000 to support Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces programs. These programs serve 90,000 active-duty personnel, reservists and members of the National Guard and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities Available in December

Red Cross volunteers have numerous opportunities in December to sort and deliver the thousands of holiday cards that have been contributed to this campaign. Card sorters are needed to ensure that the submitted cards are appropriate, follow the program guidelines and are ready to deliver. Sorting parties will take place on Dec. 8 in Pasadena.

In addition, volunteers are needed to distribute cards in mid-December to a number of military installations throughout Southern California, including the following: Veterans Administration West Los Angeles Medical Center, the Long Beach Veterans Hospital and other locations.

For questions, please contact Kerry Khan, L.A. Region Service to the Armed Forces, at Kerry.Khan3@redcross.org.