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Holiday Mail for Heroes

Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes
We’re inviting all Georgians to give something that truly means something by sharing their appreciation for our military families with words of holiday cheer sent through the Red Cross.

While many Georgians will celebrate with loved ones during the holiday season, some will be missing family members who are deployed or convalescing in veterans’ medical facilities, nursing homes and military hospitals. The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a way for the public to send words of inspiration, thanks and encouragement to our military heroes. Members of Georgia’s National Guard and the Atlanta Falcons/Cheerleaders will help encourage statewide support at a campaign kick-off in Atlanta on Veteran’s Day.

Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense will join members of the Atlanta Falcons/Cheerleaders, representatives of Atlanta’s Red Cross Tiffany Circle (a society of philanthropic women leaders in support of the Red Cross mission) and other guests for the Holiday Mail for Heroes launch on Tuesday, November 11th at 9:30 a.m. at Atlanta Red Cross headquarters (1955 Monroe Dr. NE). Gen. Jarrard will invite the public to join him in sending holiday messages of gratitude to service members, veterans and their families.

“This marks the eighth year of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program and our goal is to raise its profile and broaden its reach,” said Terri Badour Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “We’re inviting all Georgians to give something that truly means something by sharing their appreciation for our military families with words of holiday cheer sent through the Red Cross.”

Since 2006, with the help of the public, the American Red Cross has processed millions of cards for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families during the holiday season. All holiday cards mailed by the public to the P.O. Box provided below will be screened, sorted and distributed in military-serving installations and facilities throughout Georgia.

Holiday Mail for Heroes Guidelines:

  • Holiday cards should be addressed to “Dear Service Member, Veteran, or Military Family” because those cards can be shared with anyone in the military community.
  • Avoid buying or making cards with glitter – glitter can actually aggravate health issues for the wounded or ill.
  • Items like letters, photos or gift cards won’t make it through the screening and sorting process – please don’t send anything but the card itself.
  • If you want to send a large quantity of cards, skip the individual envelopes and place your cards in a big mailing envelope or flat-rate postal shipping box.
  • All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 12th, 2014.
  • Mail Cards (postage required) to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 13669 Atlanta, GA 30324
  • The public is invited to share photos and videos of card signing efforts or send holiday greetings for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and Vine accounts. If you wish, connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using #holidaymail.
  • For more information, visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail
  • During the holidays and throughout the year, you can make a difference with a monetary gift to help military families through the Red Cross at redcross.org/gifts (holiday catalog) or redcross.org. Your donation can help change a military family’s life.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.