SPREADING THE JOY — Pictured are some of the Christmas cards Chris Collins and local students created, to send to military personnel. Photo submitted by Grant Loomis.
Elementary school students from the Southtowns helped Congressman Chris Collins send holiday greetings to men and women in the United States military.
Collins invited local elementary schools to join with his office, in participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, sponsored by the American Red Cross.
The students created Christmas and other holiday greeting cards for distribution to service members stationed at military installations around the globe, or recovering in veterans’ hospitals back home.
The congressman’s office collected more than 1,000 cards from students throughout New York’s 27th Congressional District and shipped them down to the American Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“The time and effort so many of our local students and their teachers took to make the cards shows our heroic service men and women how much we care, and how much they mean to our community and our nation,” Collins said.
“While many military members will not be able to be home with their families this Christmas, hopefully these cards will help show our community’s appreciation for their bravery and sacrifice.”
Students from Blasdell Elementary (Frontier), A.J. Schmidt Elementary (Lakeshore), Big Tree Elementary (Frontier), Eden Elementary, and Charlotte Avenue Elementary (Hamburg) participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, with Collins’ office.