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Elementary school students help Red Cross send holiday cheer to soldiers

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Madeline Abramson, the Kentucky Lt. Governor's wife, sits with students as they create holiday cards. Madeline Abramson, the Kentucky Lt. Governor's wife, sits with students as they create holiday cards.
Military members from the Wounded Warriors Program visited the students to help explain why this project is so important. Military members from the Wounded Warriors Program visited the students to help explain why this project is so important.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear talks to some Dunn Elementary school students. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear talks to some Dunn Elementary school students.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Some elementary school students in Louisville are teaming up with the American Red Cross to send love and cheer to men and women serving our country overseas.

It's all part of the Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Children at Dunn Elementary off Rudy Lane and Brownsboro Road in east Louisville are making cards which will be sent out at the beginning of December.

Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear and Madeline Abramson, the Kentucky Lt. Governor's wife, along with military members from the Wounded Warriors Program, visited the students Monday to help explain why this project is so important.

Of the soldiers who accompanied them to the school, First Lady Beshear said "many of them have been deployed, have received cards, and it really makes them feel that somebody cares.

"It's really important in a lot of different ways, being able to thank our soldiers, but at the same time, giving these children the understanding of the importance of doing something for someone else," she added.

Last year, the Louisville Area Chapter worked with groups and volunteers to sign or create over 42,600 cards. The Kentuckiana Region Red Cross was recognized for the highest number of cards created and received by the national Red Cross and was presented with a 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes Outstanding Chapter award.

The goal this year is to surpass last year's number of cards sent to deployed service members.

The Red Cross will be collecting cards until December 6, 2013. Anyone can send in cards!

Visit the Holiday Mail for Heroes website for the cards' guidelines and where you can mail them. There are other ways to help the program, as well, which are detailed on their website.

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