Hosted by Senator Michael F. Rush and Representative Carlo Basile, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts kicked of its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, Nov. 18.
The event encourages people to spread joy by signing holiday greeting cards to support military members, veterans and their families. On Monday, several politicians, aides and State House staffers stopped by Nurses’ Hall to sign their wishes.
“All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make to protect our freedoms,” explained Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
Volunteers from Youth Programs, Service to Armed Forces and the Tiffany Circle helped collect more than 200 singed cards on Monday. The cards were donated to the Red Cross of Massachusetts by Marian Heath Greeting Cards.
Nationally, nearly 2 million cards are distributed on military installations, in VA and military hospitals, and to veteran’s organizations in the United States and overseas.
Cards are sent to a special P.O. Box where they are scanned to ensure safety and security. Red Cross volunteers sort and deliver them to service members, veterans, and their families across the nation and around the globe.