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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Mail for Heroes - A special program and a special challenge for my readers!

I wanted to let my readers know about a great program, called "Holiday Mail For Heroes."  Sponsored by the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, it brings a little bit of Christmas to our servicemen and women serving our great country!

Here's a little more about the program:

The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s time again to start thinking about being part of the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. For a fifth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

Starting this fall and throughout the holiday season, the Red Cross is working with Pitney Bowes, a mail stream technology company, to collect and distribute holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world.

The process is very simple and takes no time at all - All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Sending a “touch of home” to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season.

There are some guidelines for participating:

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 on this program, check out the website at www.redcross.org/holidaymail


As a challenge to my blog readers - for every one who sends a card to this program, and leaves me a comment here, I'll match that number of cards with ones of my own and send them in.

Deadline for letting me know will be December 8th (so I can meet the ARC dead line of December 9th!)

Let's help make this a great holiday for those who are making our country safe and free!


Liz said...

Nice program and offer. I am participating in another: http://sosaloha.blogspot.com/2011/10/operation-holiday-card.html

Laura Harrington said...

Thanks so much for this great post bringing this to my attention, Sharon.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sharon this is wonderful!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Hello again, Sharon. I sent 10 cards out this morning :) Thanks for bringing this project to my attention.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.