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 us. The Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties Chapter have done a fantastic job for the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.
Blood donors from a Montrose Community Blood Drive in October not only took the time to give the gift of life, but also took the time to show support for our service members and veterans, signing over 50 holiday cards.
Also in October, volunteer Mary Alice Osterhout set up a table at two Senior Fairs. Mary Alice also hosted several card decorating and signing events, one of which was during a benefit for those affected by spinal injuries.
Students at Tunkhannock Area School District came to the Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties Chapter in Montrose to decorate and sign holiday cards, while Morgan, a high school senior worked on a box of holiday cards for her senior project, where she collected over 100 signed holiday cards.
During the Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties Volunteer Recognition Dinner, holiday cards were signed by those attending. Susquehanna Office Manager Tami Cortright invited 20 agencies many of which signed cards during an interagency committee meeting. Holiday cards were also handed out to be decorated and signed at a preparedness presentation at the Red Cross chapter.
The Wyoming County Courthouse had a table setup for those working and passing by to decorate and sign cards. Participants included County Commissioner Tom Henry, Wyoming Office Manager Regina Moyer, and Planning Director Nicole Wooten.
Volunteer Leader and Board Vice Chairperson Kate Crowley and Office Manager Tami Cortright attended a “sip and sign” event hosted by a member of the Wyoming County community. Throughout the month, volunteer Nancy Place dropped off signed cards to the chapter from members of the Methodist Church she attends. Deborah Bell, Board Secretary, dropped off cards that her daughter decorated.
The American Legion Auxiliary Council of Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties met for a meeting on Wednesday, November 20th for a decorating and signing of holiday cards for our service members and veterans. Gloria Edwards, Auxiliary member of Post 154 of Montrose coordinated this event. They contributed over 60 cards from Auxiliary members from Post 154, 328 in Archbald, Post 665 in Dickson City, and Post 948 in Scranton.
The Susquehanna County Treasurer’s Office was thrilled to have the opportunity to sign holiday cards for our veterans. Cathy Benedict, former board member of the Treasurer’s Office and current Red Cross Volunteer, organized their card signing to show that they cared about our military and were proud to be able to say thank you.
Nonprofit organization Susquehanna County Interfaith, Joycies Restaurant, the Tunkhannock Active Adult Center, three separate Girl Scout troops, and the Montrose community all decorated and signed holiday cards
Holiday Mail for Heroes was a major success for the Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties Chapter. Thank you to the Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties Chapter, the blood donors from the Montrose County Blood Drive, Mary Alice Osterhout, students at the Tunkhannock Area School District, high school senior Morgan, Tami Cortright, the Wyoming County Courthouse, Kate Crowley, Nancy Place, Deborah Bell, the American Legion Auxiliary Council of Lackawanna and Susquehanna Counties, Gloria Edwards, the Susquehanna County Treasurer’s Office, Cathy Benedict, Susquehanna County Interfaith, Joycies Restaurant, the Tunkhannock Active Adult Center, Girl Scout Troops, all others who helped with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, and of course all of our service members and veterans!