Red Cross Kicks Off Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign

This is a great way for people to give something that means something this holiday season. The Red Cross helps millions of service members each year and this program gives our communities an opportunity to offer their support as well.

The American Red Cross is launching its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program on September 30. The Red Cross invites residents of West Michigan to express their appreciation to service members, veterans, and their families by sending them holiday cards filled with messages of gratitude and support.

This is the seventh year for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Last year, more than 1.8 million cards were distributed to the troops and their families as a part of the annual Holiday Campaign. For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has provided comfort and support to members of the United States military.

“This is a great way for people to give something that means something this holiday season,” said Kelly Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for the Red Cross of West Michigan. “The Red Cross helps millions of service members each year and this program gives our communities an opportunity to offer their support as well.”

To take part in the program, those interested can send their notes of thanks and holiday cheer to the following address by December 6, 2013:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. For a detailed list of what will and will not be accepted, see the Card Guidelines.

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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 @RedCross.