People invited to send holiday greetings to military members

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Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot. - Fran Edwardson, CEO, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

The American Red Cross invites people to wish those who serve our country, vets and their families “happy holidays” through social media and traditional mail through Dec. 6.

Using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts people can be creative and tag instant messages, e-cards, photos, or videos to military members. The Red Cross will post the material on its social media sites throughout the holiday season. Card senders can connect with each other through and

People can also send traditional cards through the mail addressed to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. People are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at

“Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot,” said Fran Edwardson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “While it may not seem like much, a note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a word of difference.”

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.

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.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.