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Send Cards to Service Members Through the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross hopes you’ll take just a few minutes between now and December 9thto remember the men and women of the Armed Forces by taking time to fill out a card to send to them.  The organization is working with Pitney-Bowes to host the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.

Nigel Holderby, spokesperson for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross, says you can take cards to the Red Cross office, 1545 N. West Bypass or mail them yourself.  Once the cards have been screened and sorted they’ll be ready to be sent…

"And we'll take those to our military connections where they will be then sent overseas to people who are active-duty still and not at home.  They're also sent to military hospitals and place where maybe people are kind of stuck there and they can't get back to their families because they're healing, so that's where those cards will be going eventually."

It’s sometimes difficult to know what to write in a card—especially when it’s being sent to someone you don’t know.  Holderby has some suggestions…

"The best place to start is to address your cards fairly generically because we don't have a list and who don't know who to send that to, so 'Dear Service Member or Veteran'--that can be a good place to start.  Just--'thank you for your service.  Thank you for being a person who's taking care of us so that we can be with our families when you can't.  We appreciate what you're doing'--something along those lines where we just let them know that we appreciate the fact that they are away from home to provide safety for us and security for us here in America."

The Red Cross invites you to stop by their offices tonight (11/17) from 5:30 to 7 for cookies and hot chocolate and to either sign a card or drop one off.  Cards will be available if you don’t have one. 

To find out details on how you can send a card, visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail.

For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.