Locals Thank Military Members with Holiday Mail for Heroes

By: A-mila West Email
By: A-mila West Email

BAY COUNTY -- The American Red Cross is continuing to encourage community members to thank our US servicemen and women during the holiday season.

Red Cross officials hosted another holiday greeting card event this afternoon, this time at Tyndall Air Force Base.

A lot of locals say they're happy to support our troops.
It is Leah Saratsis' first time making cards for military members.

"I made it so they wouldn't feel lonely and I made it so they would feel happy for Christmas,” said Saratsis.
Leah's parents brought her and her little brother to make cards for what they believe is a good cause.

Julianne Saratsis said, "We are a military family and not just our family we are connected to the other military families and it's a good way to show support."

Each year the red cross sponsors this event called: To gather holiday mail for heroes. Locals are encouraged to make cards that will go to military members, veterans and their families.

Red Cross Disaster Specialist Tanya Holloway said, "I love it. My husband is active duty Air Force. So this means a lot to me and staying in touch with the military is important.

The Red Cross says they'll be accepting Holiday Mail for Heroes until December 6th.

Leah says she just wants to put a smile on people faces.

"I want them to know people care about them,” said Leah.

The Red Cross plans to mail out the cards during December. If you have a card that you would like to send to a member of the military, just drop it off at the Red Cross offices on East 15th street.

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