The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out our lifesaving mission in the event of any possible disruptions, as well as supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare.
Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this health crisis. Please rest assured that we are working with public health officials to help keep local communities and our volunteer safe. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community. We even have a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available.
The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties. You can make an appointment to give blood or platelets at RedCrossBlood.org.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is now Holidays for Heroes. This change allows local Red Cross offices to identify and engage in a variety of activities that thank and recognize members of the military and veterans living in our communities. There is no longer a national Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box to which cards are sent. Please contact your local Red Cross office for details.
The children of Senator Ben Sasse sign holiday cards during the Holiday Mail for Heroes Event. Photo by Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross
Rep. Tom McArthur and his wife, Debbie, and Rep. Glenn Thompson sign holiday cards during the Holiday Mail for Heroes event. Photo by Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Holidays for Heroes Program?
The Red Cross Holidays for Heroes program enables Americans to “Give Something That Means Something” this holiday season and other holidays year-round. We are inviting the public to join their local Red Cross offices to thank and recognize members of the military, veterans and their families through a variety of activities. Please check with your local Red Cross office for details.
What is the address of the P.O. Box for the program?
There is no longer a national P.O. Box for the program. Instead, Holidays for Heroes is being conducted at the Red Cross office in your local community. Check with your local Red Cross for times and locations of events and for opportunities to get involved.
Why is the Red Cross moving to a different program?
We have made this change for several reasons including:
The new structure provides Red Cross regions with greater flexibility to develop the program to meet the specific needs of their community.
Fewer U.S. military forces are serving in deployed locations overseas at this time.
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