The Red Cross chapters of the Northeast Pennsylvania region have been doing a great deal to help out our service members and veterans this past holiday season. Thousands of holiday cards have been delivered to make our service members and veterans feel appreciated and thanked for all they do for our country. The Hazleton Chapter has done a fantastic job for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Zachary Lee, Hazleton Disaster Action Team member, launched his own Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. He had cards signed at a local Blood Services volunteer meeting. Zachary and several others attended the Laurel Mall on November 8th and 9th, asking shoppers to participate in the campaign by signing cards. Zachary contributed 1,350 signed cards in total.
Students at Christ Lutheran Church Sunday School contributed holiday cards to the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. On November 10th, the Christ Lutheran Church held a coffee hour in their social hall where many cards were signed. They had over 3,500 cards signed in total. Faith United Church of Christ and Faith Assembly of God Sunday Schools also contributed holiday cards to the campaign. Jack James and Ashley James, two students at Weatherly Area Elementary, contributed 500 holiday cards as part of a good deeds project.
Holiday Mail for Heroes managed to gain some local media attention with an article being posted on Citizens Voice. Sherry Williams, Executive Director of the Wyoming Valley and Hazleton Chapters, said “Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors, and let's give something that means something to our military men and women, veterans and their families around the world in gratitude for their service.”
Holiday Mail for Heroes was a major success for the Hazleton Chapter this year, managing to contribute about 5,000 cards to the campaign. Thank you to the Hazleton Chapter, Zachary Lee, the local PA State Representative and dignitaries, Christ Lutheran Church, Faith United Church of Christ, and Faith Assembly of God Sunday Schools, Jack James and Ashley James, Citizens Voice, all who helped with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, and of course all of our service members and veterans!