It was a busy day for American Red Cross volunteers who spent hours Thursday sorting out cards sent to military heroes around the world.
Volunteers in Omaha helped sort more than 16,000 holiday cards that will be delivered to veterans, military families and active duty service members as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Karen Bowen, a disabled veteran, said she knows just how special the cards are. “When I heard about it I thought I have to be a part of it because Christmas is very special to me. Having served during wartime and knowing what it’s like being away from family, I couldn’t imagine not being here.”
Bowen, who served in the Army for six years, said the holiday cards remind men and women in uniform that we care. “They're not forgotten and their sacrifice is generally appreciated by every American citizen because they're putting their lives on the line for us. I think this is the least of what we can do, sort these cards to make sure they get some holiday cheer from home."
The holiday cards and personal greetings will be delivered by Christmas or shortly thereafter. The America Red Cross in Omaha is accepting holiday cards at 2929 South 80th Avenue until Friday at noon.
Additional information, including the holiday card guidelines, are on the American Red Cross website link at the bottom of this story.