Helga Schoennagel has been making 1,000 holiday stockings for military members every year for the last ten years! DJ Johnson-Hubbard has been helping her for the last seven.
“We were at a volunteer meeting and Helga was talking about stockings for troops,” explains DJ. “When she said she sewed 1,000 stockings I told her I sewed too.” That’s how DJ was recruited.
As National Suicide Prevention Week comes to a close, we want to highlight the important work our Service to the Armed Forces programs and volunteers are doing to reach out to service members, veterans and their families who may be struggling.
Halloween was just a few days ago, but now that the calendar has flipped to November, around here we’re looking forward to the next holiday coming up: Veterans Day. At the Red Cross, our connection to the men and women who have served in the military (and are still serving) run as deep as our organization Our Service to the Armed Forces program remains at the core of the services we provide, and we always enjoy the opportunity to take time out to thank all of those who have given so much for our country.
This Veteran’s Day we’ll have a few different events all around our region to honor our Armed Forces, such a participation in parades and a card signing party for our Holiday Mail For Heroes program. We’ll be telling people more about theses event during the next week. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you this short video of another card signing event that occurred in Washington, D.C. If you look closely I’m sure you’ll see some faces and names you recognize — that’s right, it is members of congress!
If you’re like us, then you also get a bit fatigued by the influx of Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/News Years decorations that hit the stores before the leaves even start to change. It can seem overwhelming to decorate for the holidays when you haven’t even figured out your Halloween costume yet.
But even though we think the decorations come out a bit early, we do know there are some holiday preparations that absolutely cannot be put on the back-burner, or else there just won’t be enough time…and Holiday Mail for Heroes is one such thing.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to become involved in giving back this holiday season to the men and women who have given so much to each of us: U.S. Service Members.
Teaming up with Pitney Bowes Inc., the American Red Cross is encouraging the public to send greeting cards to those serving in the U.S. Armed Froces — many of whom will be far away from home during the holidays — and our nation’s veterans and their families.
The program launched this week, and runs until December 9. Like we said, it may seem too early to be thinking about the holidays, but we know that it takes time finding, signing, sending and delivering the cards so the sooner we get your help the better!
Local Red Cross offices across the nation will be hosting card signing events, card making parties and asking for donations of new holiday cards…all of which will be delivered to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays.
Sending a greeting card may seem like a small thing, but after you watch this video below (of cards being delivered to soldiers and veterans during last year’s campaign) you’ll see what a very big difference it makes.
Check out www.redcross.org/holidaymail for more information about Holiday Mail for Heroes and to find out where you can send your cards!