Imagine you’re homeless, and at a time when everyone else is sharing in the gift of giving, someone hands you pair of gloves wrapped in holiday cheer.
That is what the American Red Cross of Massachusetts is doing this year for our homeless veterans. As part of its Warmer Winters initiative, Red Cross offices around the Commonwealth are collecting much needed winter hats, gloves, socks, scarves and sweaters to spread some holiday warmth during the cold months.
“In past years, the Red Cross supported distribution of cards and comfort items to our men and women of the armed forces serving overseas during the holidays,” said Ralph Boyd, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. “But the outpouring of material from the American people was so great that we decided to give comfort to the men and women who bravely served our country right here in our own backyards.”
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is currently accepting donations of winter items such as socks, gloves, hats and sweaters through December 5, 2016. The donations can be in various sizes to accommodate both genders, wrapped for distribution to a veteran with the size of the item noted somewhere on the wrapping. These wrapped items can be dropped off at any Red Cross office across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Red Cross staff and volunteers will coordinate with local veteran groups to distribute these generous gifts during the month of December.
If you would like more information on ways to assist our military men and women, or veteran outreach, please click over to redcross.org and sign up to become a volunteer with our Service to the Armed Forces program. SAF volunteers visit veterans at local VA hospitals, host events for returning military members and provide support to the families of those serving.