Holiday Mail for Heroes
WE DID IT!
Thanks to the generosity of Americans this holiday season, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes collected more than 1.4 million cares for service members, veterans and their families in the United States and abroad.
Every card received was first screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working in one of 17 sorting locations around the country.
In addition to sending cards, thousands of people also signed the Holiday Mail for Heroes Group Card. More than 3,700 signatures from thoughtful individuals all over the country symbolize heartfelt thanks to our service members, veteran's and their families.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2008 Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Be sure to check back with the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes in Fall 2009 for information on this year's program.
“Holiday Mail for Heroes” Receives More than 1.4 Million Cards for Service Members, Veterans and Military Families
More than 1.4 million holiday cards for service members, veterans and military families were received through Holiday Mail for Heroes, a joint initiative of Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross.
If you have questions that are not answered here, please review our Frequently Asked Questions
Q. My classroom/church is doing a community service project after the postmark deadline. Can we still send our cards to you?
A. Unfortunately we cannot accept any cards that are postmarked after Dec. 10, 2008. Cards received after this date may be returned to sender. This deadline ensures that we can provide the cards to military members and their families before the end of the holiday season.
Q. I got an email that I should send my cards for wounded soldiers to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC. Is this true?
A. Walter Reed is not accepting holiday cards for soldiers. Any cards sent there will be returned to sender.
Q. Can I drop my cards off at my local Red Cross chapter?
A. Local chapters are not accepting cards.
Q. If I want to send a phone card, gift card or care package, which organizations can help me?
A. While the Red Cross could not accept phone cards or gift cards as part of this program,people wishing to send calling cards or gift cards/certificates should go to www.aafes.com, scroll down to "AAFES Community Connection" and click on "Help Our Troops Call Home" or "Gift Cards/Certificates for Our Troops" in order to send such items.
Those wishing to send care packages should go to www.AmericaSupportsYou.com and click under "Homefront Groups" to find out how to send care packages.