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Thank the Armed Forces for this Holiday Season


The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cheer and greetings to service members, their families and veterans throughout the holiday season. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides people the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom will be far from home over the holidays, our nation’s veterans and their families.

The public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen 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. Pitney Bowes is donating all screening, packaging and shipping to the cause.

The Red Cross is organizing three local card drop-off and card signing opportunities in King County. Cards and pens will be provided or people can drop off their own signed holiday cards. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

Local Card Signing Opportunities

Northgate Mall, Ben Bridge Court, 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle

· Saturday, November 19, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

· Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bellevue Square, Microsoft Store, NE 8th Street and Bellevue Way, Bellevue

· Sunday, December 4, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to share your appreciation of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make each day in their service to our country,” said Randy Hutson, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “Last year, local Red Cross chapters helped more than 4,000 military members with emergency communications, welfare inquiries and other services. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues in the Red Cross tradition of service to those who serve.”

The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit www.seattleredcross.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Schoo; 206.726.3545 or stephanie.schoo@seattleredcross.org