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The Red Cross wants you to take a few minutes to sign a card—or several cards—to be sent to American service men and women overseas and to be distributed to veterans here in the Ozarks.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program began in 2006 and since then, 6.5 million cards have been distributed.
Nigel Holderby, spokesperson for the southern Missouri region of the Red Cross, says they’re holding an open house from 9 to 3 through Wednesday at Disaster Services, 1545 N. West Bypass, so people can stop by for cookies and coffee and sign cards for those in the military.
"We just really hope that everyone will participate and get the cards in and then give an opportunity for us to provide some hope and happiness for those who maybe can't be home for the holidays," she said.
Cards can be dropped off at Disaster Services through Friday or you can mail them yourself to : Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD, 20791-5456.
Holderby says the cards are always well received.
"The smiles that we get whenever we deliver these cards just here locally, it's a reward all on its own," she said.
You can purchase cards or make them yourself. To find out more about Holiday Mail for Heroes, redcross.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.