- Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 00:13
- Written by Super User
As we approach Veterans Day, the American Red Cross throughout Eastern North Carolina encourages members of every community to give thanks by sending a card of support to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Whether handmade or purchased, simple words of gratitude carry a great deal of meaning for the men and women who serve our country, especially when deployments or hospital stays keep them far from home during the holiday season.
“Taking just a few minutes to sit down with pen in hand and express our appreciation for the service of these brave men and women is a meaningful way to celebrate Veterans Day Weekend,” says Bill Brent, Regional CEO. “Since 2006, we’ve distributed more than 4.7 million cards to members of the Armed Forces, and we hope communities all over Eastern North Carolina will help us continue this tradition.”
The American Red Cross of Eastern NC is planning to kick-off this year’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program with a special partnership with the 916th Air Refueling Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. “The men and women of the 916th are honored to partner with the Red Cross on this endeavor,” said Col. Gregory S. Gilmour, 916th ARW commander.
“Many of our Citizen Airmen and active duty counterparts have been on the receiving end of these cards in locations far away from home, it makes a difference and we are truly grateful.” On Friday, November 16th, 2012 the American Red Cross and the 916th Air Refueling Wing will host a Holiday Mail for Heroes Card signing event from 9am-12pm and kick-off ceremony starting at 11am at the units’ Wood’s Auditorium in the 77th/911th Air Refueling Squadron building on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
This kick-off event will launch Holiday Mail card signing events in communities all over Eastern NC. Anyone interested in hosting a card signing event should contact their local Red Cross Chapter. Once signed and scanned for safety, Red Cross volunteers will sort and deliver them to service members, veterans and their families across the country and around the world. Cards must be postmarked by Friday, December 7; the Red Cross cannot guarantee delivery of any cards after this date. For a full list of program guidelines, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.
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, people also can 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.
The public can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.