EL PASO - It's Christmas at the Cortez Building. Staffers from Congressman Silvestre Reyes' office and the American Red Cross are getting ready to host a Christmas card-signing.
"This gives us the opportunity as the El Paso community to show our troops we're thinking about them, and we're praying they'll return home safely," Claudia Ordaz, press secretary for Rep. Reyes, said.
You can sign a card tomorrow before the tree lighting ceremony downtown, and it will be sent to a troop serving overseas.
"I can remember when I was in Vietnam for Christmas, and one of the things you're always yearning for is a connection back home," Congressman Reyes said.
This is the second year his office has worked with the American Red Cross to spread holiday cheer, but the non-profit has been doing this for nearly five years. In that time they've sent out a lot of cards.
"They've already received 3.5 million cards that they sent out to families, veterans, and troops all over the world," Ordaz said.
With so many troops in our community, it's a kind gesture to someone who could be your neighbor.
"I don't know what the chances are that our cards will wind up with our soldiers there from Fort Bliss, " Reyes said.
Although, the congressman says a few local troops thanked him for the cards last year, and he says local troops or not, they'll appreciate the cards.
"I think all of that makes a difference, especially around the holidays," he said.
If you'd like to sign a card, just show up to the Cortez Building tomorrow between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Cards will be provided for you to sign, but you can also drop off a card and it will be sent with the rest of them.