Members of the U.S. Senate joined together in Washington, D.C., today to sign holiday cards for service members, veterans and their families.
This is the fifth year in a row that the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have teamed up to give people the chance to send a touch of home to troops, veterans and their families through Holiday Mail for Heroes. Since 2007, more than 3.5 million holidays cards have been distributed through this program.
The American Red Cross will deliver the holiday cards signed today to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays, along with thousands of cards sent by individuals, school groups and other organizations.
"We're happy to participate in some small way to honor the service and sacrifice of others," said Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
Attendees included not only many senators but also their staff, Capitol police officers and a Senate spouse, Mrs. Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy, wife of Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
After taking part in the card-signing event, Senator Richard Lugar, R-Ind., commented, “It’s very important that each member of the service knows we are thinking about the sacrifice of him or her and their families.” “I would argue that this is the most important thing the Red Cross does, to back up the military,” Lugar added.
How You Can Get Involved From now until December 9, the public is invited to send holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays.
The Holiday Mail For Heroes post office box is open and ready to receive cards. Please send all mail to:Holiday Mail For Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure your card goes through the review process quickly:
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
- All cards should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011. Please be sure to affix adequate postage.
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Please do not send cards with glitter.
- Participants should limit the number of cards they submit to 25 from any one person or 50 from any one class or group. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
You can get more involved with the campaign by connecting with fellow card senders through Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at www.twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.
For more information and card requirements, please visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail.