The American Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign is in full swing and everyone is invited to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, veterans and their families by sending them holiday cards.
The Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox is open from now through Friday, December 6. People can remember members of the Armed Forces by creating and sending cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.
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
ACROSS THE COUNTRY Red Cross chapters report holiday cards are being signed all across the country. In Newark, Delaware, employees at Sallie Mae’s corporate headquarters signed cards. Also taking part was U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.). "As a veteran of the Navy, I remember how great it felt on the day the mail came when I was serving abroad," Carper said. "I support this program which reminds service members who can't be home for the holidays that we are thinking of them and grateful for their sacrifice."
In northeastern Pennsylvania, youth, school and church groups are signing cards, along with employees of Macys in the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre. In southeastern Virginia, people signed cards at the annual Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach. Residents of the Roanoke, Virginia area can sign cards at a number of events including the upcoming Veterans’ Parade.
In Ohio, there are plans to hold card-making parties. In and around the nation’s capital, people can sign cards at the Tysons Corner Center. In North Carolina, people can sign cards at golf tournaments, hockey games and holiday parades and concerts. And a card-signing event is scheduled for shoppers at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
People can find out more about Red Cross services by visiting the Red Cross in their community.
MILLIONS OF CARDS 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.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.
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.
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.