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Red Cross kicks off Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign

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Some famous faces helped the Red Cross kick off its Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign on Tuesday.

The cards benefit people like 1st Lt. Henry DeMott, who is serving in the line of fire in Afghanistan. His wife, Nealie, lives on a base in Germany.

"It can be difficult. I think it gets kind of taken for granted whenever you get to see your spouse every single day," said Nealie DeMott.

Lt. DeMott won't be making it home for the holidays this year, but Nealie says he enjoys receiving letters and cards from back home.

"So it's great what the Red Cross is doing with the holiday cards. Just to show that there are still people out there," said Nealie DeMott.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal helped kick off the campaign. She even brought her own cards to sign and send to both active service members and veterans.

"I'm grateful and I hope that other people are grateful too, and that they will send cards. I'll send cards," Deal said.

Atlanta Falcons offensive linemen Joe Hawley and Garrett Reynolds even got in on the action. They say it feels good to sign autographs for troops on the front lines.

"To let them know that they're in our thoughts, and that we truly from the bottom of our hearts appreciate what they do," Reynolds said.

Local Red Cross leaders are challenging Georgians to lead the nation in holiday cards sent to our troops.

If you would like to get involved with the Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign, send your cards to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. BOX 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The cards should be addressed to "dear service member, veteran, or military family." You're also asked to not send cards with glitter on them because they can aggravate health issues of the wounded or ill.

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