OSHKOSH, Wis. - It has become a holiday tradition at Franklin Elementary School in Oshkosh. The students are creating Holiday Mail for Heroes to show their appreciation to current and former military members during the season of giving.
You can feel the hustle and bustle of the holidays in Marlo Osmond's class. Her fifth grade students are busy drawing festive pictures and writing heartfelt messages to veterans.
"I said, 'Thank you for defending our country. May your heart be filled with holiday spirit. Thank you for serving our country,'" Madyson Klemp read from her card.
Klemp has relatives who served in the Korean war.
"They leave their family to defend us and they saved America."
It's these sacrifices that prompted the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin to begin participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program eight years ago.
"We reach out to military families when they're challenged and they have loved ones that are deployed all over the world and need to be connected with their families back home, so this is just another extension really, quite frankly, of our mission to bring people together," said Steve Hansen, Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Northeast Wisconsin.