"Holiday Mail for Heroes" brings hope to troops, veterans

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- It's been nearly 60 years since Bill Murgas served in the military, but he still remembers the impact of a piece of mail.

"It reminds me of my own service and what I did during the service," said Murgas.

Murgas and his fellow American Red Cross volunteers are sorting through 15,000 cards collected for our military and veterans.

"I think it's great because we didn't have such a thing when I was in, people didn't have much regard for the military then," said Murgas.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes will be delivered to hometown veterans and shipped to troops serving across the country and overseas. This campaign empowers the community to send cards of thanks and support for their sacrifices.

"This is a good way to say we're thinking of you right now and it's just to send that wonderful holiday cheer," said American Red Cross Regional CEO Patty Flowers.

This holiday cheer doesn't stop there. The Red Cross is also hosting a cookie drive. Staff, volunteers, and board members are assembling cookie packages for fire departments across southeast Wisconsin.

"We are with them almost daily it seems right now with all of the fires that are going on and we really appreciate all that they do for us," said Flowers.

Saying thanks with sugar and sentiment.

"You can't imagine the smiles when we show up with a tray of cookies," said Flowers.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign began 6 years ago. For more information, CLICK HERE.