Holiday Mail for Heroes Box Closes; Postmark Your Cards Today

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Holiday Mail for Heroes Mailbox Open until December 7

The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program is in full swing. Cards are starting to arrive for members of the nation’s military, veterans and their families as part of the sixth annual Heroes card program.

Once again the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are joining together for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, asking the public to remember the nation’s military and veterans during the 2012 holidays.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox will be open until December 7. You can give something that means something by sending a card of thanks and support to the special post office box being operated by Pitney Bowes:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

CARD SIGNING IDEAS Many members of the Armed Forces will be far away from home and loved ones during the holidays. Why not let them know their sacrifice is appreciated and gather folks together to sign cards and be part of the Holiday Mail program? Scouts could sign at their weekly meeting. Civic organizations could organize events in their communities. Businesses could provide cards for employees to sign. Sporting leagues could ask members to sign before the next game. And during the Thanksgiving holiday, families can add a new tradition to their celebration, signing cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.

HOW IT WORKS Pitney Bowes will screen the cards for hazardous materials, sort and package them, contributing thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country. Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 4.7 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

A FEW RULES To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 7. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are available at redcross.org/holidaymail.

The public can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross 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. During this holiday season, people also can 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.

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