Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

November 6, 2012

This holiday season, while most of us are spending time with family and friends, it’s important to remember those who are not as fortunate.

Many men and women in the U.S. military are stationed around the world, stuck in hospitals or otherwise separated from loved ones during the holidays. For that reason, we encourage you to take part in the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program and help provide a welcome “touch of home” to our troops.

Throughout the month of November, holiday cards will be available at all Northern California Region donor centers for you to personalize with messages of thanks and support to U.S. troops around the world. Cards also will be available at the following mobile blood drives:

November 9
Marina Community Center in San Leandro

November 10
Creekside Community Church in San Leandro

November 10
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Jose

Once filled out, the cards are then distributed by the Red Cross at military installations, veterans hospitals and other locations during the holidays. More information about the program can be found at

So take some time out of your busy holiday schedule to donate blood and sign a holiday card for one of our country’s heroes. Someone will be very thankful that you did.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. To find a blood drive location in your area or to schedule an appointment, call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also make an appointment online.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at