Believe it or not, the 2012 Holiday Season is just around the corner and the American Red Cross is asking everyone to send a holiday card to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
For the sixth year the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are joining together for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, asking the public to send words of holiday cheer to the nation’s military and veterans, many of whom will be far from home during the holidays.
The mailbox is now open and will be until December 7. Everyone can give something that means something by sending a card of thanks and support to the special post office box being operated by Pitney Bowes:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, sort and package them, contributing thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country. Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 4.7 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 7. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are available at redcross.org/holidaymail.
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.