This Year Americans of All Ages Made Holiday Mail for Heroes A Success!

For the fifth year in a row, people from all corners of the country showed their incredible support for the country’s service members, veterans and their families by participating in Holiday Mail for Heroes, a program run by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes. 

At shopping malls, over Thanksgiving gatherings and simply during their own free time, Americans of all ages took the program’s mission to heart and sent in thousands of holiday greeting cards, which will be distributed across the country and around the world.

Holiday cards created by Richland One Middle College

In the Columbia Region, 34,763 cards were collected from schools, businesses, churches and community members.   In Columbia, we had over dozen volunteers spend the day at our office sorting cards.  Below is a video of Cheryl Payne, a Red Cross volunteer reading a card that was made by students at Fort Mill Elementary School in Fort Mill, SC.

Handmade cards from children often win the most smiles.  Students from across our region learned the importance of giving back, while unleashing their creative minds to produce spectacular holiday cards. 

Click here for a full story about how students at Rosewood Elementary School in Columbia, SC created cards for our troops.  

The University of South Carolina (USC) provided tremendous support to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Over 5,000 cards were signed during USC’s Homecoming and during the Annual Carolina/Clemson Blood Drive.

Also, USC’s Athletics Department unleashed their own creativity by holding a Holiday Mail for Heroes card-design contest. Two dozen volunteers from the department, both students and employees, spent time at the Red Cross office in Columbia to put together their handmade greetings.

The proud winners of the University of South Carolina's Athletics Department’s Holiday Mail for Heroes card design contest. From left: Paul Stoltzfun, Gerald Dixon Jr. and Raymond Harrison.

This year the Red Cross teamed up with “A Devine Night Out,” Columbia’s premier Holiday event.  At this event Red Cross volunteers had multiple tables set up where guests participated in Holiday Mail.

The success of this year’s program was made possible by each and every member of the community that participated.  Thank you for your support of our country’s military, veterans and their families!

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