Spread holiday cheer this season by sending messages of support and thanks to service members, veterans and military families through the American Red Cross Holidays for Heroes program. We’re accepting cards and large banners that will be distributed to service members and families near and far.
Card and banner making is fun and easy. Families, schools, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, libraries and local businesses have all participated in this unique program, and many community members choose to host card and banner making events with friends, neighbors, or colleagues. Cards and banners may be delivered to military units, family groups, military and veteran hospitals, and veteran organizations throughout our region. Some banners may even be delivered to overseas installations and Red Cross stations.
Cards and banners will be accepted through Monday, December 3. Please see below for card and banner making tips as well as delivery instructions and the drop-off/mailing address for card and banner submissions.
Please ensure all cards are signed and do not include envelopes. Please only sign with your first name only.
Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member,” “Dear Veteran,” or “Dear Military Family” and write your best wishes for the holidays and a heartfelt thank you for their service.
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards - the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
Banners should be sturdy enough to be shipped overseas and large enough to be viewed when hung on a wall.
Your banner should include a large, main message to either Veterans or Service Members, and then be filled up with individual messages of best wishes from your members or employees – the more messages, the better!
Banners will be rolled up for shipment, so please, no posters or laminated banners.
Cards and banners are due no later than Monday, December 3, 2018. Completed cards and banners can be mailed or delivered to:
American Red Cross - Service to the Armed Forces
Attn: Holidays for Heroes
600 Parkcenter Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705