By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Little Libby Cheney hopes a soldier or veteran smiles and thinks of God when he or she opens her card.
“I colored a smile and a hat,” said Libby, a student in Jenny Gaines’ and Jessica Wilson’s kindergarten class at Mooreville Elementary School on Friday.
Libby and her classmates were part of one of 20 classes at Mooreville making cards for military personnel that will be distributed with the help of Pitney Bowes through the American Red Cross.
It’s called Holiday Mail for Heroes and last year the Red Cross sent more than 1 million cards to servicemen and women and veterans who needed a holiday pick-me-up.
Deshaun Davis was proud of the poem glued to the inside of his card. It read, “It’s with tiny hands this card was made….We learned about you and what your job means.”
Aaron Hollands chose a rose-colored card because that just seemed like Christmas to him. Braden Vanlandingham marveled that the card would travel across the ocean.
“We’ve talked about soldiers, and the sacrifice they make for our country,” said Gaines. The kids had been looking forward to this, she said.
Neala Farr dipped her hand in ink and pressed her palm on the inside of her card.
“It’s like a piece of me,” she said, smiling.
In addition to responding to house fires and helping with other disasters, the Red Cross of Northeast Mississippi last year delivered 426 urgent messages, concerning births, deaths and family emergencies, to military personnel from throughout its 16-county area.
The holiday cards are an extension of the Red Cross’ concern for military personnel, said Selena Standifer, communications officer for the Red Cross in northern Mississippi.
To learn more about the program, visit www.redcross.orga/holidaymail.
Children wising to send simple cards must send them postmarked by Dec. 9 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Please address cards, “Dear service member or veteran.”