Staff and Faculty Participate in Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign”

400 Holiday Cards Sent to Troops this Holiday Season

Release Date: Friday, December 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Deb Ebbert, registrar at Chestnut Hill College, brought a special holiday tradition with her from Temple University when she started at Chestnut Hill over four years ago.  


Every year, Ebbert hosts a “Christmas party with a purpose” in her hallway in St. Joseph Hall, with an afternoon of signing and decorating cards for the men and women who serve our country. The cards are then sent to the Red Cross for their “Holiday Mail for Heroes” holiday card campaign, where the cards are distributed to veterans, military families and service members at hospitals and combat zones around the world.


“I serve coffee and cookies, and provide cards that staff members, faculty and students can sign and decorate for our troops,” says Ebbert. The 4th annual party, held on December 4 to coincide with the Red Cross deadline, resulted in 400 holiday cards. Since her arrival at Chestnut Hill, her holiday tradition has yielded more than 1,600 cards for the Red Cross.


She was inspired to write cards for the troops by an emotional YouTube video of cards being distributed at Walter Reed Medical Center, and the appreciation and gratitude of the troops for the cards. “Some people come and write a lot, and some just write “Thank you” and express their appreciation for their service, but it is important to thank our veterans and soldiers,” says Ebbert.