Party to make cards for troops scheduled
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 25, 2011 | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Walker County Red Cross will host a party Tuesday in which residents can create and write holiday greeting cards to veterans and deployed or wounded service men and women.

For the last five years, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc. have collaborated to sort and deliver cards to military bases and veteran’s hospitals around the world.

“All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make each day in their service to our country,” said Billy Baxter, Alabama Red Cross Executive Director. “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, educational resources, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues in the Red Cross tradition of service to those who serve.”

Pam Fikes, director of the Walker County Red Cross, said volunteers with the local organization have been involved with the program, called Holiday Mail for Heroes, since it started.

“It means a lot to them to do something for the service men and women,” she said.

However, this is the first year the card creating party will be open to the public. Fikes said all the materials for making the cards will be provided.

The Walker County Red Cross is holding the party on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at 1101 Viking Drive, Jasper. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Pam Fikes at (205) 387-1478 or pam.fikes@redcrossal.org.

Fikes urged residents to RSVP because the local Red Cross facility can only hold around 30 people at one time.

Fikes said several volunteers from area businesses have already agreed to participate in the event, and she knows their help will be appreciated.

“The servicemen and women deployed overseas love getting cards and mail,” she said. “Anything we can do to brighten their days and make them think of home we would love to do.”