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Red Cross to “Salute-a-Hero” and Thank Veterans with Card Making Project

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Monday, April 14— The American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties invites the community to join them in thanking our nation’s veterans with the “Salute-a-Hero Card Making Project” on Thursday, April 24 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.. Participants are encouraged to create cards of encouragement and gratitude that the Red Cross will distribute to local veterans. The event will be hosted at the Red Cross chapter in St. Joseph.

Every hour of time spent at the “Salute-a-Hero” project will be matched by a financial gift from the Samaritan Foundation to the Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties. In addition, any monetary donations made at the event will be matched by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.

“This event is great because it allows the community to thank our veterans while also supporting the Red Cross programs for service men and women,” said Breeze Ettl, chapter executive of the American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren Counties. “An hour of your time goes a long way in supporting both our nation’s veterans and the Red Cross.”

The “Salute-a-Hero” project is being held as part of the Red Cross Generations of Giving campaign. Celebrating nearly 135 years of service to more than six generations of Americans, the Generations of Giving campaign supports the mission of the American Red Cross of Berrien and Van Buren counties. The campaign is a donor match program, which encourages families to get involved with the Red Cross by donating or participating in Red Cross events.

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.