Students and seniors sign holiday mail for heroes

Erica Harmsen (l) and Priscilla Miller (r) sign holiday cards American military, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.
Erica Harmsen (l) and Priscilla Miller (r) sign holiday cards for the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.

Several TrekNorth High School students joined forces with residents of the WindSong Senior Living Center in Bemidji this past Veterans Day to help write holiday card messages as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

“I like to include that we’re writing from Bemidji,” Erica Harmsen, the accompanying TrekNorth teacher said to one of the residents. She explained that troops might like seeing where their correspondence is coming from – and that making it more personal is nice, especially with cards being sent overseas.

TrekNorth students and Windsong residents sign holiday cards, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.
TrekNorth students and Windsong residents sign holiday cards, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.

Students and residents had no trouble writing out several cards each. All participants were pleased they will bring a bit of holiday cheer to American veterans, military families and active-duty service members.

This is the second year that TrekNorth has partnered with WindSong to create holiday cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes. WindSong Volunteer Coordinator Alice Stark-Anderson and Senior Services Administrator Linda Barkley helped organize the event.

Lil Humenick (l) and Kassandra Zanter (r) work together on signing holiday cards, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.
Lil Humenick (l) and Kassandra Zanter (r) write holiday cards, Bemidji, Nov. 11, 2013.

American Red Cross North Star Chapter volunteers will convene to write out more cards on November 21. Those interested in participating may contact North Star Chapter Community Coordinator Lynn Arlt at 218-444-9490.

Story and photos by Grace Littlefield, American Red Cross Volunteer 

Author: American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin.

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