BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Not all service members and veterans get to be with their families for the holidays because of deployments or hospital stays, so the Red Cross is encouraging people to give something that means something.
The Baton Rouge Red Cross chapter collected and mailed out holiday cards full of thanks and support for the veterans in the Baton Rouge community.
Holiday mail for the heroes has gone global and shared more than 7 million cards in the past three years.
"We are so excited to be honoring our veterans and their families with these holiday wishes that people from right here in South Louisiana have shared over the years, and especially this year. We're able to deliver them and really give a hug and say thank you in a personal manner," said Nancy Malone with Louisiana Red Cross.
"For so many years people never really recognized veterans or even thought about it, and what's really interesting today, that I find is that people have become so aware of the fact that there are veterans still around and they are so nice," said Jerry Black, WWII veteran.
You can also get involved with Holiday Mails for Heroes digitally through social media, like Facebook, Twitter, and Vine. Just use the hashtag #holidaymail.