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Red Cross - GA First Lady Partner on Holiday Mail Campaign

Atlanta Red Cross, Georgia First Lady Partners on Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign
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.

Though many Georgia families will celebrate with loved ones during the holiday season, some will be missing family members who are away serving far from home in the U.S. armed forces. The 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, and Sandra Deal, Georgia’s first lady, is helping to lead the way.

On Tuesday, November 12th at 9:30 a.m. at Atlanta Red Cross headquarters (1955 Monroe Dr. NE), Mrs. Deal, will join Brigadier General Joe Jarrard of the Georgia Department of Defense, members of the Atlanta Falcons, members of the Tiffany Circle society of philanthropic women leaders and guests for the official kick-off of the Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign in Georgia. Ms. Deal will encourage the public to join her in sending holiday messages of gratitude to service members and veterans on military installations throughout the U.S. and overseas.

“This marks the seventh year of the Red Cross national 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 distributed more than 6.5 million cards to members of the Armed Forces during the holiday season. All holiday cards mailed by the public are screened for hazardous materials, then packaged and shipped to Red Cross offices around the world for sorting and distribution to military members, veterans and their families.

  • 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.
  • To ensure cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 6th, 2013.
  • Mail Cards (postage required) to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
  • 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, Instagram and Vine accounts. If you wish, connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using #holidaymail.
  • For a full list of program guidelines, visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail
  • Each year, the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans’ hospitals, and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations worldwide.

    The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

    Throughout the year, you can make a difference with a monetary gift to help military families through the Red Cross. Your donations can help change a military family’s life.

    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.