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 American Red Cross of the Poconos Chapter has done a fantastic job for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Sandy Oberholtzer, Red Cross volunteer, organized two card signing events at the chapter. The first signing was held on November 19th, and the second on November 20th. After both card signing events, the chapter collected a total of 703 holiday cards. Nine volunteers and the cameraman from BRC Channel 13 came to sign holiday cards. Volunteers also made cards at home and dropped them off to the Pocono Chapter mailbox.
The Pocono Chapter donated all of their unused envelopes to Operation Write Home, a non-profit organization that supports the nation’s Armed Forces. Laurie Jennings of the Pocono Chapter says, “We send the service members blank greeting cards so they can use them to write home, as well as cards of gratitude for encouragement. The volunteers who design and make the cards have to purchase the envelopes.” She collected all unused envelopes and distributed them to the organization.
The Pocono Chapter also received local media attention. The Pocono Record published an article urging readers to take part in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program and to decorate and sign cards to our service members. The article reads, “As we make our way through the holiday season, there are those defending our country a long way from home. One program encourages all of us to take time to drop a holiday greeting to those who are not going to spend their holidays at home but rather will be stationed far away. Holiday Mail for Heroes asks all of us to take time to mail a holiday card to those who are far away this season.”
Holiday Mail for Heroes was a major success for the American Red Cross of the Poconos this year. Thank you to the American Red Cross of the Poconos, Sandy Oberholtzer, volunteers who came to sign cards, Operation Write Home, Laurie Jennings, the Pocono Record, all who helped with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, and of course all of our service members and veterans!