Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 25, 2013

Local students wish ‘Merry Christmas’ to troops


CROSSVILLE — The American Red Cross of Tennessee Mountain Valley is teaming up with the Cumberland County Schools to help bring Christmas cheer to thousands of servicemembers at home and abroad.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, students at Crab Orchard Elementary 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. 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.

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

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791

Cards must be postmarked by Dec. 6 to ensure they are delivered by Christmas.

Please do NOT bring cards to your local Red Cross office.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.