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Local children participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes program

By Rebecca Pepin, rpepin@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:23:42 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 22 2013 04:39:08 PM CST
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. -

The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee is teaming up with Washington County Schools to help bring Christmas cheer to thousands of service members at home and abroad.

On Friday, November 22 at 10:30am, students at Sulphur Springs School participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes project.

Volunteers with the American Red Cross helped dozens of young students make holiday cards for the troops.

The campaign is an effort to encourage people to "Give Something That Means Something" this holiday season. "Some of the cards they send, you know we're going around helping the kids and they're kinda funny and we know the smile it puts on our face, it's going to be multiplied there," said Benjamin Prijatel with the American Red Cross. "It's going to remind them of their own children when they get these messages."

Anyone is invited to send cards of thanks, encouragement, and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their families, many of whom will be far away from home and serving in harm's way this holiday season. "All you need is a pen and a piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military make to protect our freedom," says Michelle Hankes, CEO for the East Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross.

Other recipients are veterans living here at home, but would not otherwise receive a lot of mail this time of year.

The DEADLINE for cards is DECEMBER 6.  DO NOTE USE ENVELOPES -- ALL CARDS MUST BE SCREENED.

To participate in the program, just send a card to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791