Red Cross and Rams Kick-off Holiday Card Design Contest

Posted Sep 1, 2014

The Rams and the Red Cross now accepting submissions for the 2014 Holiday Card Design Competition!

This year, the American Red Cross and the St. Louis Rams are expanding the Holiday Mail for Heroes partnership to include a holiday card design contest for elementary school students. This is the third year the Red Cross and the St. Louis Rams have partnered to send holiday greetings to active military, veterans and military families.

Too often, this card from the Red Cross is the only card our military heroes receive during the holidays. Rams defensive end Chris Long has volunteered for a third year to be the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Honorary Chair. “The Red Cross has been serving military members and their families for 130 years,” said Cindy Erickson, Red Cross Regional CEO. “This effort with the Rams will help us thank those who sacrifice every day for us. We are thrilled to partner with the Rams on this project.”

New this year, the Red Cross and the St. Louis Rams are encouraging local elementary students to join the effort and compete in the card design contest. They can do so by submitting artwork before Sept. 22, 2014, to or by mail to Card Contest, American Red Cross, 10195 Corporate Square Drive, 63132. A panel of celebrity judges will select the artwork to be printed on 20,000 cards and distributed to those who sacrificed and served. 

The winning design will be announced at the Rams private military practice in November. Along with encouraging local schools to take part in the project, the Rams will host card signing tables during the Rams military appreciation “Salute to Service” game against the Denver Broncos on November 16.

“This project gives us the opportunity to thank our servicemen and women during the holidays,” said Long. “I am extremely honored to be part of it.”

To learn more about the Holiday Mail for Heroes card design contest, visit

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.