From individual citizens across the country to the highest reaches of government, Americans have taken Holiday Mail for Heroes to heart.
Christmas card signing event at the Vice President's residence with Dr. Jill Biden.
Photo credit: Dennis Drenner
Holiday Mail for Heroes is a program that helps the public send greeting cards to service members, veterans and their families during the holiday season. The program is run through a partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes.
On Monday, the Red Cross attended a holiday card-making event at the White House. Around 50 people participated in the activity, including high school students from Michelle Obama’s mentoring program, as well as a group of third- and fourth-graders.
Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, joined Michelle Obama in making their own holiday cards for U.S. service members.
The Red Cross also participated in a tree-trimming party at the Vice President’s residence on Wednesday, repeating a tradition begun last year. Dr. Jill Biden and a group of local elementary school students made cards for troops and their families, and also got into the holiday spirit by decorating ornaments and cookies.
Reflecting the popularity of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, several media representatives attended the event at the Biden residence.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.