Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. They support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communication across the globe. And once a year, American Red Cross get the joy of delivering holiday getting to veterans, military families and active –duty service members at hospital and installations around the world.
The AE Beach Career Association wanted to provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday.
Being home for the holiday is something many of us take for granted. This is often not the case for military family members who are serving overseas or have a loved one serving overseas.
The Alfred Ely Beach JGG Career Association and EOA Kindergarten Class along with Derenne Middle School and Godley Station, worked to bring the holidays to deployed troops through a mail effort.
"I know that it's a great motivation knowing when we're over there," said Sgt. Gilbert Araya, 429th Company Army Reserve. "And the soldiers that we have over there, knowing that these little kids, little American citizens are thinking about us."
The program is called “Holiday Mail for Heroes”.
So far, more than 900 cards have been signed and sent from AE Beach JGG Career Association. It’s estimated that 1,160 have been sent.