As Veteran’s Day approaches, the American Red Cross is giving people a way to honor soldiers, veterans, and wounded warriors. The “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program encourages people to write heartfelt messages in holiday cards and mail them to a designated post office box. Each card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes, then reviewed, sorted, and distributed by Red Cross volunteers.
“The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome touch of home for our troops during the holiday season,” said Greg Simms, Regional CEO of the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross.
Cards should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
• Ensure all cards are signed.
• Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
• Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
• Do not include email or home addresses on the cards.
• Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos.
• Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
• If mailing a large quantity of cards, bundle and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat-rate postal shipping boxes. Cards will be removed from envelopes before distribution.
Each year, the Red Cross provides assistance to more than two million service members and many of the country’s 24 million veterans. The Red Cross supports military families, military and veterans hospitals and provides emergency communications across the globe.
As people look for gift ideas this year, the Red Cross offers its 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, through which people can support Red Cross programs by purchasing a variety of symbolic gifts. Shoppers can buy food and shelter for a disaster victim, phone cards for members of the military, vaccinations for an entire village and many other gift ideas. Catalog purchases come with greeting cards shoppers can send to a friend or loved one, letting them know a donation has been made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution and provides support to the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. To view the catalog, people may visit www.redcross.org/gifts