HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For military servicemen and their families, the holiday season can be bittersweet. The American Red Cross is urging Pine Belt resident to do all they can to send a bit of love and encouragement to military members through a program called Holiday Mail for Heroes.
People all across the country can mail their holiday cards to PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 by December 6. Card signing parties are a great way for churches, schools, and other local organizations to get involved.
This is the Flather family's second year participating in Holiday Mail for Heroes. The program is particularly dear to them because of the serviceman in their family.
"Most of them were speechless," said Brittany Flather, a Red Cross volunteer, when asked about delivering the cards to Camp Shelby last year. "They were so happy and grateful to have a couple words of encouragement to get them through until they were able to get back home to their families."
This small gesture can make a world of difference for a soldier overseas or stateside or a veteran, especially if they are separated from their family this holiday season.
"I know that someone's card is going to get to my husband," said Brittany Flather. "And that means a lot to me."
More information can be found at www.redcross.org