Community invited to mail or bring cards or stop in the office to sign one by Nov. 26.

For the 10th year, the Cannonball Trail Central Kansas Chapter American Red Cross is sending Christmas cards to service members deployed in harm's way, to their children left behind, to military families, to veterans, veteran hospitals and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in transition units.

"The cards and personal messages, sent by thousands of Americans, provide a welcome 'touch of home' for our troops during the holiday season," said Donna Meier, executive director of the chapter. "Cards made by children are always so touching, precious, have such sincere meaning, and puts a smile on a service member's face. Or, make a family card where everyone adds their own personal greeting. Hand written or hand signed cards are cherished by our troops, especially when so far from home. Drawings are a great idea too."

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Operation Gratitude, a non-profit volunteer-based organization assisting in mail delivery to military associated persons.

Please observe the following guidelines for the safety of our military:

• Cards should be signed by using FIRST names only.

• Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member," "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One" because your card may be received by any branch of the Armed Forces.

• Only cards are being accepted. No inserts of any kind, including photos and letters.

• Express thanks – messages should be upbeat and positive.

• Do not include emails or home addresses on the card.

• Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues for ill and injured warriors.

• No envelopes are needed — do not seal if placing in an envelope.

• Write as many cards as you can — they will be distributed throughout different Military locations

Cards need to be in the local office by Nov. 26 to assure they will arrive in time for Christmas. You can bring the signed cards to the office or stop by and sign a card.

They can also be mailed to: Cannonball Trail American Red Cross, 114 N. Main Street, Suite B, Pratt, KS 67124.

Please call 620-672-3651 if you have questions.