We are not a military family, but we live near a navy base and have made many friends over the years who are. I have watched what these men, women & their families go through on a regular basis and I am always looking for ways to help.
One of the hardest things is hearing about all the soldiers who get injured and have to come home to spend months in the hospital and rehab. This year when filling out your Christmas cards please keep these soldiers in mind, take one more and send it to this address:
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful, special people, who have sacrificed so much would get. If you are on Facebook or have your own blog please spread the word!
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
- All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- We encourage participants to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.
- Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery
For more information please click the picture at the top of this post to be taken to the Red Cross website with all the information or go to http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail.
Thank you to my friend Amy for taking the time to look into this & get us all the correct information!