Today on 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' Nancy Malone of the American Red Cross visited with us to solicit help with an annual project.

'Holiday Mail for Heroes' is a project the Red Cross has facilitated for six years and Malone said it's a great way encourage soldiers and vets.

We invite the public to send cards of thanks and encouragement, holiday cheer to members of our armed forces, veterans and their families.  So many will be away from their families this holiday season and some in veterans hospitals as well.

According to Malone the benefits are two-fold,

It's a feel-good thing because you enjoy doing it and the joy that it brings these people is incredible.  Veterans as well as active duty members.

Supporting 'Holiday Mail for Heroes' is easy according to Malone,

Go somewhere and pick some holiday cards, even better make your own cards.  Pick up some construction paper, design and make your own...You collect the cards, you don't even need envelopes just package them into one larger envelope and send them to a certain P.O. box where they will be scanned and sent by our partners at Pitney-Bowles.

Envelopes containing multiple cards can be sent to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, Maryland, 20791.  Even better in the Acadiana area you can drop off envelopes at Deano's Pizza on Bertrand Drive or Kaliste Saloom in Lafayette.  Cards can be dropped off through December 2nd or mailed through December 6th.

For more information about 'Holiday Mail for Heroes' you can visit the Red Cross website.

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