“We Never Get to Play Soldier…”: Holiday Mail for Heroes

In the past month the Red Cross here in our Region has been quite busy!  In addition to our disaster relief efforts for Sandy, we have been gearing up for Holiday Mail for Heroes.

Our goal for this campaign is to collect 25,000 cards by November 30th,  and with official sponsors like the St. Louis Rams, Hardees, Northern Trust, BP and Fleishman-Hillard–as well as overwhelming support in the community– this goal certainly seems achievable!

This support comes in many shapes & sizes — like in the form of a card from a kindergarten teacher and her students.  Janay Higgins of Child Learning and Development Center in Columbia, Missouri, and her seven students sent in this card–

and inside they wrote this letter below:

“Dear Soldier,

My name is Janay Higgins and I teach four and five year olds.  We are making cards for soldiers and just because this is typed, please know it is still made with lots of love.  My little friends have some questions and well wishes of their own for you.  I do hope you enjoy.  I have to say as I wrote things down, I even had a laugh or two.  Kids say the greatest things.  If possible we would love to hear back from you as well!

We live in Columbia, Missouri and it is starting to get cold here.  Where do you live?  Miss Janay teaches us a lot of stuff all day; what do you do all day?  Do you have any kids our age?  We also play too, we never get to play soldier because Miss Janay doesn’t let us play like we have guns, or like we are killing people.  So we play like we are dinosaur keepers a lot, or zombies when we are outside.

We are learning about farms now, and yesterday we took a field trip to one.  We saw cows, horses, and lots of puppies.  We also took a hayride around the farm.  It was a lot of fun.  Have you even been to a farm?

Miss Janay said your job is to keep us safe.  Thank you for all you do!!!  She also told us you keep kids like us safe too, so they can learn and go to school.  That is so very nice of you.  This is a picture of us, not everyone was here that day, but most of us were.

We hope you have a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY!!! Miss Janay’s Class

The Greater St. Louis Region wants to thank  Miss Janay’s class for this awesome letter to the military!  We know that whoever receives this card–it certainly will make their day.  That is the purpose of Holiday Mail for Heroes — to send a little holiday cheer to those who have valiantly served our country.

Don’t miss your chance to contribute to our campaign and support a hero:

SATURDAY, November 17th: Card Signing Event at Macy’s Court, St. Louis Galleria, 12-4pm with St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, “Rampage” the Rams Mascot, and KLOU 103.3.

SUNDAY, November 18th: The St. Louis Rams host a Card Signing Event at their game vs. the New York Jets, at Edward Jones Dome.  We will have tables all around the dome!

OR bring your signed cards to most local Hardees restaurants (locations here) or designated BP stations (locations here)

Hope to see you this upcoming weekend!


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