Coloradans sent in a whopping 19,512 cards as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, in which the Red Cross and its partners collect holiday greetings from the public and distribute them to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
We screen and sort the cards first to make sure they're safe for the recipients, and so we'd like to take a moment to share just a few of the cards that made us laugh, smile, or get a little teary-eyed.
Some were pretty and hand-made.
Many contained hand-made drawings. We thought this one was pretty skillful!
Some were poetic, like this one:
Some were for wounded warriors. It was touching to see that even young children understand how hard it can be to be away from loved ones during the holidays.
This one was short and sweet:
This one was long and sweet:
This one made us cry:
And these ones made us laugh:
From the Red Cross to you, Happy Holidays and may you have a peaceful New Year! You can view more pictures of Holiday Mail for Heroes Cards and events on our Flickr page: www.flickr.com/redcrossmilehighchapter.