As families gather together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the American Red Cross has a new tradition that families across the country can take part in to say thank you to our nation’s military heroes – the 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
For the seventh year in a row, the Red Cross is collecting holiday cards and distributing them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and other locations. While sitting around the table, take a minute to write a heartfelt message to U.S. military members, veterans and their families who may be far from their loved ones this holiday season. Everyone can make a card, including family members young or old.
Thanksgiving is a time when we take a minute to pause from our hectic lives and give thanks for our blessings – it is the perfect time to show appreciation to our nation’s heroes for their service to our country. Many people have supported the program over the years; continue to share your gratitude with our service men and women this holiday season.
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SEND AND SHARE CARDS To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6.
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross.
Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
REMEMBER HOLIDAY CARD GUIDELINES Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
More information can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.