An East Tennessee woman and her friend helped start a campaign in Knoxville to collect handmade Christmas and holiday cards for area veterans.

Trish Ambern is partnering with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The program collects cards from East Tennesseans to deliver to military members, veterans and their families.

"The very beginnings of the Red Cross started with supporting our military,” said American Red Cross of East Tennessee executive director Michelle Hankes. “So, the Holiday Mail for Heroes is about supporting vets during peace and war."

The organization has collected nearly 400 Christmas and holiday cards for veterans.

“This time of year, and things that are going on in this world right now, it’s craziness, we need a little happiness,” Ambern said.

Anyone wanting to donate a card can bring them to any of the American Red Cross offices. The deadline to bring in cards for the project is Dec. 2. Cards can be homemade or store bought.

Hankes said the cards will still get used the next holiday season even if they aren’t dropped off by the Dec. 2 deadline.