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Sign Holiday Cards for U.S. Service members at Solano Mall

FAIRFIELD, CA (November 21, 2012)--While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of our nation’s heroes away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is collecting and distributing cards to send them words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer.

You can help by writing a card at Solano Town Center (formerly Solano Mall) in the Center Court near Sports Authority during the next two weekends. Red Cross volunteers will have a booth with cards to sign which will then be sent to service members locally and across the country.

Event Details:

Where: Solano Town Center (formerly Solano Mall), 1350 Travis Blvd. in Fairfield


  • Friday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec.1 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec.2 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • You can also send your own cards of thanks and support through Dec. 7 by organizing friends and family, or people at work or school for a holiday card-writing event. People can make their own cards or sign ready-made cards.

    Follow these tips:

  • Write your card to “Dear Service Member,” and be sure to sign your name.
  • Do not include gifts, glitter or other items with your card.
  • Don’t use envelopes for individual cards.
  • Large groups of cards should be bundled and sent in a large envelop or box.
  • United States Postal Service flat rate shipping boxes are one option for sending cards, and come in small medium and large sizes that can hold from 50 to up to 300 cards.
  • Mail your cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD, 20791-5456.

    You can also help in other ways:

  • Help sort and package cards
  • Local Red Cross chapters will be helping to sort and package cards to send to our central mailing facility in Maryland. Volunteers will be needed from Dec. 1 to 23.
  • Help distribute cards to local service members

    We will need volunteers to help distribute cards to service members in our community. Volunteers will be needed from Dec. 15 to Jan. 15.

    For more information about starting your own card writing event contact:, (707) 423-3648

    About our Holiday Partners

    During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: University of Phoenix, Circle K West Coast Division, and the Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit

    About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.