NEWS & EVENTS

Print
RSS

RAMping Up Military Appreciation with Holiday Mail for Heroes

Posted Nov 21, 2016

The Rams partnered with Wells Fargo to pay a visit to Acacia Elementary in Thousand Oaks, CA and Kelso Elementary in Inglewood, CA to host the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes event during this month’s Rams Staff Day of Service.

As a special tribute to military service members overseas, the Los Angeles Rams partnered with Wells Fargo to pay a visit to Acacia Elementary in Thousand Oaks, CA and Kelso Elementary in Inglewood, CA to host the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes event during this month’s Rams Staff Day of Service.

For the event, a special holiday card featuring Rams Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald was designed. Students and players decorated and signed the cards before they were mailed to military service members overseas. Additionally, a life-sized version of the card was on display at the event, measuring nearly as tall as Donald at six feet.

At Acacia Elementary, Rams Defensive Tackle Michael Brockers, along with Rams cheerleaders, mascot Rampage and front office staff joined Donald, the American Red Cross representatives and the Wells Fargo Community Player of the Week Javier Torres, to meet students and write messages of encouragement and appreciation for military service men and women. Brockers and Donald spent time visiting classrooms to sit with students, personalize holiday cards and help the Wells Fargo staff pass out plush toy ponies to the students.

“It’s so exciting for [the students]. We’re always trying to do things that reach out into our community and to our world to make a difference,” explained Kristen Walker, principal at Acacia Elementary. “So to have these real life heroes and celebrities like Aaron Donald come in today to interact with our kids and do something for our military is just so special and beyond what we could’ve imagined happening for them.”

At Kelso Elementary, Rams Defensive Back Cody Davis and Linebacker Nicholas Grigsby joined the Rams staff, American Red Cross and Wells Fargo representatives to visit classrooms, personalize the holiday cards and pass out plush toy Wells Fargo ponies. Davis and Grigsby were able to sit with the students and craft meaningful messages to show their appreciation for the service men and women who are stationed overseas.

 Executive Director of School and Community Relations for the Inglewood Unified School District Dr. Jacqueline Landrum Sanderlin explained the positive academic impact that Holiday Mail for Heroes has on students.

“Having the LA Rams come to one of our schools is an experience that always will make our scholars excited. We appreciate the team turning the visit into one where the scholars could execute their creative writing style and thinking. This also was an opportunity for them to engage in the art of giving thanks, which is was what their letters were all about.”

Since 2009, the Rams front office staff has hosted monthly Staff Days of Service with local non-profit organizations. Through these volunteer events, the Rams has provided more than 12,000 hours of community service. As part of this effort, the Rams, in partnership with Wells Fargo, features a weekly Rams Community Player of the Week and a Wells Fargo Community Player of the Week to recognize Rams players for the positive impact they make off the field and Wells Fargo employees for their commitment to serving the Greater Los Angeles Area.