LINCROFT – Each year, thousands of military members and their families spend the holiday season alone and apart from loved ones. The Monmouth Museum and the American Red Cross – Jersey Coast Chapter are asking for volunteers of all ages to make cards with kind messages to show gratitude for their service.
Volunteers can go to the museum’s Green Arts Studio, which will have all the materials necessary to create cards that will be sent to military members by the Red Cross.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes special program will run through Saturday, Nov. 30, to allow time for the Red Cross to process the cards and send them on to heroes all over the world.
The goal is to make at least 500 cards by the month’s end.
The Green Arts Studio is located in the Becker Children’s Wing of the Monmouth Museum, on the campus of Brookdale Community College on Newman Springs Road. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday but hours vary so volunteers are asked to call the museum at 732-747-2266 or visit its website at monmouthmuseum.org before going there.
There is a $7 per person admission fee to the museum, which includes entrance to all galleries. Active-duty servicemen, servicewomen and their families receive free admission benefits to the Monmouth Museum through the Blue Star Museum program.
The Monmouth Museum, a “Museum of Ideas, “ offers changing exhibitions and educational programs on art, science, nature and history for visitors of all ages. The museum serves as a center for education and culture and is one of the largest private museums in New Jersey.
The American Red Cross – Jersey Coast Chapter works with military families at the Joint Base in Burlington County that deploys soldiers to bases all over the world. The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. For more information, please visit redcross.org.