RED CROSS PARTNERS WITH GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD, ATLANTA FALCONS MASCOT “FREDDIE FALCON” TO KICK-OFF HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES CAMPAIGN
Georgians Urged to Send Messages of Thanks to U.S. Service Members Now, Through December 12th
ATLANTA, November 6, 2015 – 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 Atlanta Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon will help encourage statewide support at our annual campaign kick-off in Atlanta on Tuesday, November 10th.
Brigadier General Joe Jarrard, Adjutant General, Georgia Department of Defense will join representatives of the Atlanta VA Medical Center, members 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 10th at 9:30 a.m. at Atlanta Red Cross headquarters (1955 Monroe Dr. NE 30324). Jarrard will invite the public to join him in sending holiday messages of gratitude to service members, veterans and their families.
“This marks the ninth 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 collected more than 6.5 million cards for members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families during the holiday season. All holiday cards mailed by the public this year will be screened, sorted and distributed by volunteers in local communities, across the nation and around the world.
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 4th, 2015.
• Mail Cards (postage required) to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 14589
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, Instagram and Vine accounts.
• For more information, visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail