Holidays for Heroes

Cascades Holidays for Heroes

The American Red Cross is asking members of our community to participate in the Holidays for Heroes program this holiday season. Through the Red Cross’ Holidays for Heroes initiative, members of our community may send cards of thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families. Many of these service members are far away from home during the holiday season while others may be in local veterans hospitals. The cards will be distributed to active military as well as local agencies that support veterans, Veterans Health Administration (VA) clinics and hospitals, armories and retirement homes.

Drop off cards by Dec 13 at one of our Cascades Region offices or mail them to the Regional Headquarters office in Portland:

Red Cross Cascades Region Headquarters

C/O Holidays for Heroes Program

3131 N Vancouver Ave

Portland, OR 97227

To participate in Holidays for Heroes, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Use titles such as “Dear Service member, Veteran, or military Family Member” when writing the cards
  • Be sure to leave the cards unsealed
  • Groups can make banners rather than cards
  • Use titles such as “Dear Service member, Veteran, or military Family Member” when writing the cards
  • Do not include any personal info, last name, emails, phone numbers, addresses
  • Please do not create or send overly religious sentiments
  • We ask that people NOT enclose any items with the holiday cards. Any items enclosed with the holiday cards will be removed, including photos and other gifts. If you wish to provide financial support for Red Cross services to the military, consider making an online donation
  • No glitter, please
  • We also appreciate generic thank you cards too that we can use year around
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