American Red Cross Offers Chance to Spread Holiday Cheer

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For Hannah Husmann, it's a chance to spread holiday cheer. "These people who are serving for us don't get to spend time with their families." Husmann is the Nebraska Wesleyan University American Red Cross President.

She heads up the University's "Holiday Mail for Heroes Program"

"Writing the holiday cards is a great way to give thanks to those people who do so much for us."

The program just might give the soldiers, who are battling holiday home sickness, a fighting chance.

"The basic idea is a lot of our military are away for the holidays and some of them don't have families who will send them stuff for the holidays, so we do holiday cards that we screen, make sure they are appropriate and then we mail them out to the bases," said Jana Remmenga, American Red Cross Spokesperson.

Nearly a million cards nation wide will be sent this year.

"Over there it can get lonely especially in the holiday season," said Husmann.

"The card drive for the soldiers is a great way for me to express my gratitude for many of the soldiers that are still serving overseas and won't have the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families," said Tom Schroeder, Nebraska Wesleyan Senior.

"I hope this brings a lot of smiles and warm feelings to some of those that are away for the holidays. Hopefully this will make them smile," said Remmenga.

So glad tidings are spread all over the world. There is one more chance on Wednesday to sign a card for a military hero at Nebraska Wesleyan from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be another display later on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the student union on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus.