Holiday Mail for Heroes spreads holiday cheer to local veterans

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- It's a good feeling to receive letters in the mail, especially this time of the year. The American Red Cross is making sure veterans aren't left out this holiday season.

Holiday Mail for Heroes is an annual campaign put on by the American Red Cross.

It allows anyone to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer to military members, veterans, and families.

With a large population of veterans here in West Virginia, the Red Cross says majority of the cards will be sent to local veterans.

Sharon Kesselring, Executive director of American Red Cross Northwest West Virginia, explains the joy that Veterans receive when handed a Christmas card. "We have seen the faces of veterans that really don't have anyone in their lives. Maybe spending time over the holidays in the hospital or VA nursing home and really appreciates the fact that they are being handed three or four cards from total strangers that have taken the time to put a message of holiday hope within the card."

For those who want to participate, cards cannot include glitter, pictures, money or personal information and should use generic greetings.

The Red Cross says the final date to submit cards was originally planned for November 30th, but extended it to December 8th because of the large amount of interest.

You can drop the cards off at the American Red Cross where the Veteran Service Officers will then hand-deliver the cards.

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