Local IVSC Manager visits the Desert Oasis Students at their different classrooms – as they complete their cards.  Students will also be putting the fininshing touches on their classroom doors that will be decorated for the winter holiday.


Spreading holiday cheer to troops, veterans and their families has become a widely embraced tradition across the United States.

Over the past three years,  Desert Oasis students under the guidance of Mrs. Deby Ellet have participated in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program  by collecting close to 3,500 holiday cards  each year from  the students.  This year, Red Cross  Imperial Valley Service Center again witnessed  the students enthusiasm for the program  when they announced early in the school year that they would be participating.

“Desert Oasis High School students contributed their own handmade creations, which will no doubt bring a smile to someone’s face,” said Mrs. Deby Ellet, a teacher at DOHS.  Ellet continued by saying that “Desert Oasis students came together to create cards that will go out to service members, their families and veterans all over the world.  This is a wonderful project that brings a lot of satisfaction to our student body.”

Cards are expected to be completed in time to mail by the December 10th deadline. Students will be making cards that will be completed by 12:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to stop by to write a message of support is welcome to stop by our office to either drop off or complete a holiday card – the IVSC has a variety of donated cards they are providing to the public.  The Imperial Valley Service Office is located at 781 Broadway in El Centro and is open from 8am – 5pm and does not close for lunch.  The Imperial Valley Service Center will be accepting cards thru 1pm on Friday to make the mail deadline.

Unfortunately, if your cards are not postmarked by December 10th or received by the 1pm IVSC deadline they cannot be delivered. After Pitney Bowes collects and screens the mail received in the PO Box, Red Cross workers deliver holiday greetings to service men and women in their communities. Check out how our uniformed men and women and their families expressed their gratitude for the Holiday Mail program when it delivered cards to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Our Holiday Mail for Heroes YouTube playlist features videos capturing last year’s successes.

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to over 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. At the core of the Service to the Armed Forces mission is our commitment to support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe.

Local American Red Cross volunteers collected Holiday Cards from midnight – 4am at the IV Mall during the Black Friday sale.  The El Centro Desert Oasis High School is once again actively participating in this worthy campaign and has set a goal to collect a minimum of 3,500 Holiday Cards for Heroes this year.

You can support the Service to the Armed Forces mission of the American Red Cross by participating in this great campaign.

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