Public Invited to Sign Cards for Military, Veterans in Colorado

"It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Tim Bothe, Manager of Services to the Armed Forces for the Red Cross of Colorado.

Denver, CO – On Friday, the American Red Cross will launch its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign and commemorate Veterans Day by offering the public an opportunity to sign a gigantic “thank you” banner to veterans and write personalized holiday cards for delivery to members of the military. Banner signing will be in Denver on Friday and in Pueblo on Saturday.

WHAT: Giant Veterans Day Thank-You Banner and Holiday Card Signing Event

WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 in Denver and 10 a.m.-2p.m., Saturday in Pueblo

WHERE: Denver: In front of Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 16th and Curtis Street

Pueblo: On the Historic Riverwalk Downtown, at the Center for American Values

VISUALS: Members of the public signing a giant Veterans Day thank-you banner; veterans and members of the military pausing to read the hand-written messages; individuals thoughtfully penning messages on holiday cards.

BACKGOUND:

Friday marks the beginning of the 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program in Colorado, meaning that Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the Red Cross.

From now through December 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world.

“It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Tim Bothe, Manager of Services to the Armed Forces for the Red Cross of Colorado. “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”

In addition to stopping by the Red Cross card-signing event on the 16th Street Mall on Friday, Nov. 8, the public can send messages of thanks and holiday cheer 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 sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

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

    The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.

    The Red Cross has a long history of service to the Armed Forces. Each year, the Red Cross provides thousands of emergency communications between deployed military and their families back home; helps to prepare troops for their deployment as well as post-deployment challenges; helps support military families while their loves ones are overseas; and visits members of the military in V.A. hospitals.

    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, the public can also 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.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/colorado or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDenver.

    About our Holiday Partners:

    During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: University of Phoenix, Circle K and its customers in the West and Florida divisions, and Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit www.redcross.org/holiday.