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November 20, 2013

Youth create cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes

ORANGE — Mt. Olive Baptist Church celebrates National Youth Involvement Month by inviting the youth to make cards for the Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes.

Phillis Gradnigo hosted a card making event on Saturday at the church.

“What I like about making these cards is you can get creative,” Gradnigo said.

The cards will be sent to the Red Cross by December 6. The Holiday Mail  for Heroes is an annual event for the organization. The cards are for U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families. The cards will be sent to Veterans Hospitals, Nation Guard Units and Military Family Assistance Centers.

Sue Ferguson helped show the youth how to design and decorate cards.

”It usually takes me about 30-45 minutes a card. I stay at it until it is right,” Ferguson said. “I like adding embellishments and charms to make them special.”

Red Cross Emergency Service Specialist over Beaumont and Orange for Disasters Natalie Prosperie said in a phone interview that all the cards are sent to a PO Box instead of the local chapters so that the cards may each be screened for hazardous materials prior to delivery.

“People have questioned why the local chapters cannot collect the cards,” Prosperie said. “Sending them to the PO Box is the best practice. The cards are not address specific and go all over.”

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is December 6, 2013.

Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery. For more information on Holiday Mail for Heroes visit or contact Natalie Prosperie at 409-832-1644.

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