NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - This holiday season, the American Red Cross is inviting the community to give something that means something by sending holiday cheer to the servicemen and women who help defend our freedom.
The Red Cross Holidays for Heroes program delivers cards of thanks and support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. Sending holiday cards to American military members, veterans and their families is an easy but meaningful way to give something that means something to our nation's two million service members and 24 million veterans.
The cards not only allow communities to express gratitude, but they also provide a "touch of home" to deployed service members and a comforting message to their families and our veterans.
"A simple note can have a profound impact,' explained Louise Welch Williams, CEO for the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. "Show your support with an encouraging note for the holidays to the brave men and women who serve our country. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper to show your appreciation!"
Individuals, families, and groups can join the Red Cross in sharing Season's Greetings with members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. When creating holiday messages,
The Red Cross suggests that you DO:
- Ensure that all cards are signed and include a short message.
- Write heartfelt sentiments, keep messages positive and upbeat! Please remember since some cards will be delivered locally in South Carolina, do not include “come home safe” messaging.
- Make cards more meaningful to a wide variety of recipients by using “Dear Hero” rather than any more specific language. Note: Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
- Get creative! Besides individual cards, consider making a banner or poster card to be displayed in a building on a military installation.
- Give personal information such as your home or email addresses.
- Use glitter as it could aggravate existing health issues of wounded, ill or injured recipients.
- Include inserts of any kind, including photos and other gifts (they will be removed during the sorting process).
- Put individual cards in envelopes.
Cards, posters and banners can be dropped off at these Red Cross offices during business hours until Friday, December 9:
- 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406
- 960 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605
- 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
- 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
- 200 Piedmont Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29732
- 200 Miller Road, Sumter, SC 29150
The Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) mission of the Red Cross is to provide care and comfort to the members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. In South Carolina, the Red Cross serves more than 126,000 active duty members and their families, as well as more than 520,000 veterans. For more information on how the Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service, visit redcross.org/military.