On Veterans Day and in this month of giving thanks, the American Red Cross encourages everyone to share their gratitude and greetings with service members, veterans and their families through Holiday Mail for Heroes.
"For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has comforted and supported members of the United States military, veterans and their families," said Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. "We're honored to continue that legacy and help Minnesotans share their thanks and holiday wishes with our local heroes."
Every year schools, organizations, companies and individuals across the state create more than 10,000 cards through the program. For many families, Holiday Mail for Heroes has become Thanksgiving tradition where they create cards and share stories of loved ones who served or who are serving in the military.
Holiday cards may be sent to:
American Red Cross Minnesota Region
Holiday Mail for Heroes
1201 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Cards will be shared locally with service members, their families, and veterans throughout area during the holiday season.
For those wishing to send cards:
• In order to make cards as meaningful as possible for a wide audience, use generic titles such as “Dear Service Member, Veteran or Military Family Member” when writing the cards.
• Cards should not contain glitter because some cards may end up at the bedside of a wounded service member and the glitter could aggravate existing health issues.
• Please do not seal in individual envelopes. It is easier for volunteers to screen and sort the cards if they aren’t individually sealed in envelopes.
• We ask that people not enclose any items with the holiday cards. Any items enclosed with the holiday cards will be removed, including photos and other gifts. If you wish to provide financial support for Red Cross services to the military, please donate online.
• Social Media: Connect with fellow card senders through social media channels and help us get the word out through Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #holidaymail.