The Connecticut Oilers, a premier junior hockey team based in Norwalk, took part in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign at Greenwich Hospital. In front are Mitchell Foster of Houston, Texas, and Michael Tilford of Traverse City, Mich. In back are Marc Happy of Sterling, Mass.; Todd Jackson, Apex, N.C.; Alex Wilkinson, Raleigh, N.C; Tommy Green, Cos Cob; Vincent Petruolo, Neshanic Station, N.J.; Phil Kreuser, Knox, Ind.; and Brian Taccone, Stamford.

The Connecticut Oilers, a premier junior hockey team based in Norwalk, took part in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign at Greenwich Hospital. In front are Mitchell Foster of Houston, Texas, and Michael Tilford of Traverse City, Mich. In back are Marc Happy of Sterling, Mass.; Todd Jackson, Apex, N.C.; Alex Wilkinson, Raleigh, N.C; Tommy Green, Cos Cob; Vincent Petruolo, Neshanic Station, N.J.; Phil Kreuser, Knox, Ind.; and Brian Taccone, Stamford.

Area residents created more than 100 cards during the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign held at Greenwich Hospital on Dec. 5.

The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign at Greenwich Hospital yielded more than a 100 cards for military members and veterans.

The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign at Greenwich Hospital yielded more than a 100 cards for military members and veterans.

About 40 people gathered in the hospital’s Noble Conference Center for Holiday Mail for Heroes, the annual American Red Cross campaign that encourages people to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer to military members, veterans and their families.

Among those attending the card-making party were area residents, Greenwich Hospital employees and their families, and members of the Connecticut Oilers, a premier junior hockey team based in Norwalk.

“Cards from this campaign will be shipped to patients in Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country and to active duty service members. Our goal next year is to reach 200 cards,” said Stacey Green, director of Volunteers at Greenwich Hospital, who worked with the American Red Cross to organize the event.

The colorful cards were adorned with pictures of Christmas trees, snowmen and other holiday favorites, and included messages that often echoed the sentiment of one card, “Have a Safe Holiday.”