SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — More than 50,000 holiday cards are custom made and given to local veterans, military servicemen and Gold Star families during this year’s American Red Cross’s Holiday for Heroes.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, more than three dozen people created holiday cards dedicated to veterans during the Holiday for Heroes event.
The program organizer says we all owe a debt to the people who have served.
Some of the cards made at the event will be distributed in December at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport.
“We love to watch the expressions on their faces when they open up a card made by a 5- or a 7-year-old. It just warms their heart to just see children doing something for them," said Colleen Morgan, regional program specialist for the American Red Cross of Louisiana.
Adrian Bandhu retired in June after serving 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. He is originally from Guyana in South America.
Bandhu finished up his military career at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.
He and his family have made Shreveport home and this was their first time attending the Holiday for Heroes event.
“We thought that it was a great thing to do," Bandhu said. "Just to give back and pay back to the veterans for their service.”