Hero Central: Holiday for Heroes

Together, we can do extraordinary things.

Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to someone in need in this country. When a military family is facing an emergency, when a neighbor’s house burns down, when a new mom wants to learn CPR or a cancer patient needs a blood transfusion, the Red Cross is there.

Our heroes - members of the military, veterans and their families - receive more than 369,000 services through the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program each year. This holiday season, you, TOO, can be a hero. Join 11Alive and Montlick and Associates as we support our service men and women through the Red Cross. Even a small gift can go a long way. Together, our donations will provide vital services, from a touch of home and emergency resources, to hospital support and help reconnecting to civilian life.

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Photos by Hector Emanuel / American Red Cross

Join us this holiday season! Find out how your tax-deductible donation in support of our Heroes can help you honor someone on your shopping list.

Click here to give to Give Something that Means Something through the Red Cross Holiday Gift Catalog, You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS and ask about holiday giving #GiveWithMeaning

Red Cross volunteer Raffaella Burris and service member Brian Riddle play with therapy dog Toffee at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany. (Photo Credit: Daniel Cima / American Red Cross)

Your gift will provide critical support to members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Thanks for your support!

Thanks from everywhere message form.

If you would like to thank service members online, click here for a link to the Thank the Troops webpage that will open an email message form at the USO.ORG.

Red Cross volunteer Wanda Strickler visits Ryan Glasco at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. (Photo Credit: Daniel Cima / American Red Cross)

Sending Care Packages to Troops This Holiday Season

  • Family care packages are always a welcome treat for our deployed service members, especially during the holidays when they are away from home defending our freedoms. Thoughts and acts of kindness from others are also appreciated.
Raymond Obas is one of the many dedicated Red Cross volunteers who assist the wounded, ill and injured in the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Center. (Photo Credit: Brad Zerivitz/American Red Cross)
  • Citizens desiring to send care packages, cards and letters to deployed service members are encouraged to identify troops through family and friends. Individuals may also partner with some of the America Supports You homefront groups listed at http://www.operationhomefront.net/ . They have direct contact with many of the servicemembers and units and can tell you about desired items and shipping frequency.
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Photos by Dennis Drenner / American Red Cross:
  • Safety and security reasons no longer allow packages to be addressed to "Any Soldier" or to an entire base in general.
  • When thinking of support for our service members, do not forget their families or local veterans. You can show support by helping military families in your community and by remembering the hospitalized veterans in local Veterans Affairs medical centers.

From the Department of Defense Website.