Congress gets in a holiday mood signing cards for troops

It’s barely November, but some members of Congress are already spreading holiday cheer, participating in an event on Wednesday to send cards to troops overseas.

It was a bipartisan effort, with both Republicans and Democrats sitting down at signing tables in congressional office buildings to contribute to the American Red Cross’ “Holiday Mail for Heroes” event.

“Signing holiday cards for wounded service men and women, as well as active soldiers currently overseas,” tweeted Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).
 
Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) tweeted that he squeezed some time into his schedule: “Before votes today I wrote a few Christmas cards that’ll be sent to heroes serving overseas as a part of the Holiday Mail for Heoroes[sic] campaign.”

Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) pushed their followers to also get involved in the card-sending project.

The event also drew Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.), one of the newest House Republicans—and newly prolific on Twitter—to the table.

This is the fifth year that the American Red Cross has held the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” event with postage giant Pitney Bowes. Together, they wanted “all Americans to have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season,” according to the website.