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American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Mailbox Open Through

People sorting holiday mail for heroes
It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make."

Again this year, the American Red Cross is holding its Holiday Mail for Heroes program, meaning that Darke Countians who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the Red Cross.

Until December 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world. “It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Lynne Gump, Executive Director, Darke County Chapter, “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”

The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

In celebration of the program this year, the Darke County Red Cross will be holding a card making events on Nov. 22 at the chapter office as well as signing events on Nov. 22th and 29th at area businesses and before the Holiday Parade on Nov. 23. Additionally, you can stop by the Chapter on Martz Street to sign a card, as well as donate cards to be used or craft supplies for card-making parties; items such as card stock, holiday stickers, holiday scrapbooking sheets. The chapter is also recruiting volunteers to help distribute cards to military members and veterans in the community around the holidays as well as volunteers to staff card signing events.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. More information and card requirements can be found at

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. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS