Monday, October 17, 2016

Letter from Southeast Tennessee Executive Director, Julia Wright - October 2016

Once again, it’s that time of the year when the trees change color and air gets cooler, and with the change of seasons comes holiday celebrations. Just as we remove the masks and costumes, we begin making plans for the holidays and move into the Thanksgiving season.

I am ever mindful of the efforts of many dedicated people and resources that allow us to come to the assistance of others. The words “thankful and giving” are constantly in the Red Cross vocabulary but especially before all of us over the coming months.

It is also an exciting time for us to show thanks to those who serve to keep us safe. I love seeing Holiday Mail for Heroes come to life each year to give recognition to the men and women in military service and the many veterans in our area.

During the month of November we collect handmade cards designed by kids and crafty contributors in the community. Then, we distribute those creations to those on active local duty, reservists, and retired military individuals. This allows everyone to express themselves in a special way that displays our heartfelt appreciation of those who serve.

I am very happy we will also be a part of United Way Family Day in public presence at Hamilton Place Mall the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  We will have a booth there so that parents can bring their children by to make cards and kick off the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign.  Please join us this year to show our military community how much we appreciate them.


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