This Wednesday, November 6, the American Red Cross and members of the Illinois General Assembly will be showing support for military members, veterans, and military families by signing holiday cards at the Illinois State Capitol.
It’s part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which collects and distributes holiday cards of encouragement, gratitude and cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces all over the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season. The program ends on December 6 to ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays.
“It’s great to see Illinois’ constitutional officers and elected officials join state employees and the rest of our community at the Capitol to support our Armed Services throughout the world,” commented Jeff Regan, interim executive director. “It means a lot to those deployed to see messages of support over the holidays.”
Members of the press, legislature, and community can stop by the Red Cross booth in the Stratton Building outside the cafeteria and on the 1st floor of the Capitol Rotunda starting at 10 a.m. to drop off a holiday card or to fill one out.
The Walgreens stores on South Fifth Street and MacArthur Boulevard and Judy’s Hallmark in Springfield donated many cards that will be used at the event. Once the cards are signed, Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season.
Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/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. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org/icac or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.