With the help of the Red Cross, Americans can send holiday cards with messages, season’s greetings and holiday wishes to military members and veterans who cannot be with their families this season.
This year, local Red Cross chapters are playing a major role in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Card making and signing events will be organized at the community level and the local Red Cross offices will distribute the completed cards to military installations, medical facilities and veteran organizations in the U.S. The American National Red Cross will deliver cards to military members serving abroad.
“It just takes a moment to sign a card and share your appreciation for the sacrifices made by members of the military and veteran community,” says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “Start a new tradition with your family this holiday season – create holiday cards and share your thanks with our heroes.”
To participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, mail or drop off cards at your local chapter:
American Red Cross Minnesota Region
Holiday Mail for Heroes Program
1201 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55454
To ensure card delivery in time for the holidays, the local Red Cross office must receive cards no later than Friday, Dec. 5.
Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations, or any other inserts with the cards and from using glitter. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail.
The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of card signing efforts or holiday greetings for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine. The Red Cross will feature the material on its social media channels throughout the holiday season, particularly through Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HolidayMail.
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.
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 @mnredcross.