Holiday Mail for Heroes

Supporting Our Military Families with a Touch of Home

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties.

Click here for more information and guidelines to help you on your way.

Interested in Volunteering?
Click here to fill out an online application.

How To Prepare For Disaster

Stay safe with these important safety tips from the American Red Cross:

Hurricane Safety Checklist
Fire Prevention Safety Checklist
Tornado Safety Checklist

New Apps from the American Red Cross

This year, the American Red Cross has released four free apps to help the public prepare and respond to emergencies.

Hurricane App: The Hurricane App was released this summer and is designed to give instant access to local and real-time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes. App’s features include:

  • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm’s way
  • Location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories, which users can share on social networks
  • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity
  • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm

First Aid App: If the Red Cross First Aid App were a product, it would be selling like hotcakes. More than half a million people have downloaded the free app so far, and it’s already been used to help save lives. App features include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios
  • Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button
  • Sharable badges to be unlocked through interactive quizzes
  • Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy
  • Safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions, including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes
  • Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.

The Wildfire and Earthquake Apps are available also.

Where to Get the Apps: All Apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. Downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. First Aid and CPR/AED training empowers people to know how to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed. You can visit for course information and to register.

Donate Now

Welcome to the American Red Cross, South Georgia Chapter website. The American Red Cross is always there to help people affected by disaster and emergency situations. The South Georgia Chapter now covers 11 counties – Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Echols, Decatur, Grady, Lanier, Lowndes, Mitchell, Seminole and Thomas. When disaster strikes, this chapter offers various services to the approximately 300,000 people residing in these counties. If disaster strikes, will you be ready? Be Red Cross Ready is a program that teaches people disaster preparedness and education, which is available in Spanish and English. This past year, 630 people who suffered from fires were helped and over 3,000 people were trained in CPR and First Aid classes. Through various programs, it is our goal to educate the community and encourage them to Be Red Cross Ready. Are you ready? Thank you for visiting our website and if you have any questions, please email me and I will respond as soon as I can. Your continued support of the American Red Cross is greatly appreciated. God bless.

National Red Cross
Terri Jenkins, Executive Director
About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Contact Information:
509 N. Patterson Street
Suite 201
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-242-7404
Fax: 229-219-0469

Mission Statement:
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Useful links:
To sign up for Health and Safety Classes click this link:
National American Red Cross
The Salvation Army
United Way