Military Spouse Finds Sorting Holiday Mail for Heroes Meaningful

Christine and Matt Harvey

Holidays are often a time when families come together, but for husband and wife, Matt and Christine Harvey, holidays are often spent apart due to Matt’s service in the United States Air Force. With Matt currently on a one-year assignment overseas, Christine will be spending the holidays at home on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

“I find being a military spouse rewarding, but there are ups and downs,” said Christine. “We are usually not together for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. It’s definitely tough.”

While Christine finds enjoyment from their dog, Hank and spending time with other military spouses, she has found a meaningful position as a volunteer with Service to the Armed Forces at the Red Cross House on base. Lately she’s been spending her Tuesdays at the Red Cross House sorting holiday cards for service members and veterans as part of the Holidays for Heroes campaign.

Military spouse Christine Harvey spends her Tuesdays, as an American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces volunteer, where she has been sorting holiday mail for deployed service members and veterans.

The American Red Cross Holidays for Heroes program delivers cards of thanks and support to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families. This holiday season, the Red Cross New Jersey Region is collecting cards and notes of appreciation from anyone willing to send a touch of home to heroes, who are currently deployed overseas and veterans right here in New Jersey.

“It’s really nice to know that service members like my husband will receive these cards,” exclaimed Christine. “As a volunteer, I especially like to read the cards that are from children because they are sometimes hand-made and have cute pictures and even jokes inside.”

Left to Right: Red Cross volunteers (and military spouses) Christine Harvey and Kasey Bury present holiday mail to First Sergeant Hudson of the 87th Security Forces Squadron at the Red Cross House on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The holiday mail will be distributed to 300 Airmen in his unit.

You can participate and send heart-felt sentiments, words of encouragement and thanks to service members through the Holidays for Heroes program. Find helpful tips here.

Cards for Holidays for Heroes should be packaged and mailed to: 
American Red Cross House 
Holidays for Heroes 
6051 Doughboy Loop 
JB MDL, NJ 08640

Cards can also be dropped off at Red Cross locations in New Jersey. Visit redcross.org/NJ.

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