With many service members and veterans separated from their families this holiday season due to deployments and hospital stays, the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes (HMFH) program empowers people to “Give Something That Means Something” by sending a card of thanks and support to the members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
In previous years, participants and local chapters sent cards to a central P.O. Box. This year, holiday cards should be sent directly to our local chapters. Participating Red Cross chapters will determine how to best distribute cards to service members, veterans and family members in their local communities, across the nation and around the world. Cards may then be delivered individually, included in care packages or displayed at common venues in military installations and hospitals.
The deadlien to dropoff cards to a chapter office is December 5, 2014. In Ohio, you can mail or drop cards off at the following locations:
American Red Cross - Allen County
610 S Collett St.
Lima, OH 45805
American Red Cross - Franklin County
995 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
American Red Cross - Licking County
143 S. 30th Street
Newark , OH 43055
American Red Cross - Knox County
300 N. Mulberry Street
Mount Vernon , OH 43050
American Red Cross - Ross County
181 N Bridge St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
American Red Cross - Hancock County
125 Fair St.
Findlay, OH 45840
American Red Cross - Muskingum County
7650 E. Pike
Norwich, OH 43767
American Red Cross - Athens County
100 S May Ave.
Athens, OH 45701
American Red Cross - Marion County
1849 Summerset Dr.
Marion, OH 43302
American Red Cross - Fairfield County
121 W Mulberry St.
Lancaster, OH 43130
American Red Cross - Lucas County
1111 Research Drive
Toledo, OH 43614
In order to make cards as meaningful as possible for a wide audience, we recommend that you use generic titles such as “Dear Service Member,/Veteran/ Military Family Member” when writing the cards. Cards should not contain glitter because some cards may end up at the bedside of a wounded service member and the glitter could aggravate existing health issues.
We ask that people not enclose any items with the holiday cards. Any items enclosed with the holiday cards will be removed, including photos and other gifts. If you wish to provide financial support for Red Cross services to the military, please donate online.
How can you get involved in the Holiday Mail program beyond mailing a card?
Word of Mouth: Host a card signing party as part of your Thanksgiving Celebration!
Social Media: Connect with fellow card senders through social media channels and help us get the word out through Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #holidaymail.