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Holiday Mail for Military, Veterans Made Possible by Red Cross and St. Louis Rams

American Red Cross and St. Louis Rams representatives teamed up to send greetings to active military, their families and veterans in homes and hospitals. Rams defensive end Chris Long volunteered to be Holiday Mail for Heroes honorary chair.

With help from supporters, volunteers and sponsors, the American Red Cross delivers holiday cards to those serving in active-duty as well as veterans within the United States and around the world. In 2011, more than 1.35 million cards went to troops deployed overseas and stationed locally.

In a press release, Red Cross St. Louis communications specialist Denise Nazzaro said that for this year's effort, the Red Cross is partnering with the St. Louis Rams and hopes to collect 25,000 signed cards.

Through Nov. 30, people can drop off signed cards at most local Hardees restaurants, BP stations and any Red Cross office. The Red Cross will collect the cards and send them to Washington, DC, to be screened and shipped to various U.S. and international military locations. Cards from around the world will be shipped here to the St. Louis area.

In Wentzville and Lake Saint Louis, the locations are:

  • Hardee's - Lake Saint Louis
  • Hardee's - Wentzville
  • BP Gas

Holiday Mail for Heroes Events:

  • Card Signing Event, Nov. 17, St. Louis Galleria
  • Card Signing Event, Nov. 18, Rams Home Game at Edward Jones Dome
  • Rams/Red Cross Blood Drive, Nov. 27, The Heights Recreation Center in Richmond Heights

Rams defensive end Chris Long is scheduled to appear at the blood drive on Nov. 27.

The Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program has provided humanitarian support to the U.S. military, veterans and their families for nearly 130 years, said Nazzaro.

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