The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter became one of 300 Red Cross chapters that teamed up with Pitney Bowes Inc. to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans.
Between November 2 and December 7, the public was invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes then sorted and packaged the cards, and delivered them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays, including Travis Air Force Base locally. The Red Cross utilized hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery to service men and women, veterans and family members in November and December.
“It’s an honor for our community to help make the holidays special for American heroes,” said Joan Kelley-Williams, director of service to armed forces for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.”
American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter volunteers Marie Bass and Aggie Hunsinger sort and repackage holiday mail for the troops at Travis Air Force Base. Cards are being distributed to military members deploying for service abroad as well as those on base who cannot make it home for the holidays.