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Red Cross Supports Armed Forces with Weekend Events

With just a minute of your time, you can share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make.

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” Card Signing at 3 Locations Across Region

November 20, 2013 — This week’s tornadoes across the Midwest, as well as numerous recent house and apartment fires across our region, highlight the fact that American Red Cross stands ready to help, day or night, in the wake of disaster. However, outside of the spotlight, the Red Cross also works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in support of members of the military and their families. This holiday season is no different.

Through its “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign, the American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement and gratitude to members of the military, their families and veterans. Between now and December 6th, Americans can give something that means something by sending these cards of thanks and support.

The public can join this effort by stopping by one of three card signing events on Saturday, November 23rd, being hosted by the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross. “With just a minute of your time, you can share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Larry Crist, Regional Executive for the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region of the American Red Cross. “Sign a card, say thanks and we’ll do the rest.”

These events will be held at the following locations this Saturday, November 23rd:

1. South Burlington -- University Mall -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2. Rutland -- Diamond Run Mall – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3. West Lebanon -- PowerHouse Mall – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For those unable to stop by one of these locations this Saturday, the Red Cross is inviting the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until December 6th by mailing them to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6 ½ million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program began in 2006.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6th. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending care packages, monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail.

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.