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Spreading Holiday Cheer for Service Members & Military Families This Season

Spreading Holiday Cheer for Service Members & Military Families
Military deployments, training, and hospital stays mean many service members may be separated from their families- not just during the holiday season

The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, which serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, is encouraging locals to give something that means something this holiday season through their Holidays for Heroes program.

“Military deployments, training, and hospital stays mean many service members may be separated from their families- not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year,” says Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director Gene Coughlin.

Because of this, Holiday Mail for Heroes is now becoming Holidays for Heroes. This change allows local Red Cross chapters to identify and engage in a variety of activities, in addition to card collecting, that thank and recognize members of the military and veterans living in our communities not only during the traditional holiday season, but all year-round.

This year, the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region is accepting cards, posters and banners that will be distributed to service members and families in the local military and veteran community.

“Making cards, posters or banners is something special we can do for those who have served and continue to serve. Families, schools, libraries and more have all participated in the past and continue to do so today,” says Coughlin. “Other ideas include hosting card-making events with friends, neighbors, or colleagues- it’s such a simple thing to do, but is fun and easy for everyone.”

CARD, POSTER AND BANNER REQUIREMENTS

Get creative - the opportunities are endless. Simply follow the guidelines below:

  • Please stay away from glitter.
  • If making cards please don’t include anything inside, like gift cards or trinkets. Just send messages of support and well-wishes.
  • Cards, posters and banners will be distributed to service members, military installations, VA and military hospitals, to veteran’s organizations, and to military families throughout our region.
  • It is best to address cards and banners “Dear Service Member, Dear Veteran, or Dear Military Family” because those can be shared with nearly everyone in the military community.
  • HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR CARDS

    Cards, posters and banners must be mailed or delivered to the following locations no later than December 9, 2016:

    Orange County:

    Holidays for Heroes

    Attn: ToniRose Chow

    601 N. Golden Circle Drive

    Santa Ana, CA 92705

    San Bernardino County (including Fort Irwin):

    Holidays for Heroes

    Attn: Scott Brown

    202 W. Rialto Ave.

    San Bernardino, CA 92408

    Riverside County (including Twentynine Palms and Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin):

    Holidays for Heroes

    Attn: Courtney Norton

    39-665 Entrepreneur Lane, Suite A

    Palm Desert, CA 92211