Monday, November 01, 2010

Holiday Mail for Heroes

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are sponsoring the 4th Annual "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign which distributes holiday cards to servicemembers, veterans and their families in the U.S. and abroad.

All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 7th in order to have enough time to sort and distribute cards. Cards postmarked after this date will be returned to the sender. Cards will be sent to veterans centers and hospitals in December.

Send cards to the address below, and please read the guidelines carefully!

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

  • Include your heartfelt sentiments and sign all cards
  • Entitle cards with generic terms such as “Dear Service Member or Veteran”
  • Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
  • Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes
  • Send letters, care packages or monetary gifts
  • Include personal information such as home or email addresses
  • Use glitter – excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
  • Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process
To watch a video about the program, click here.

Editor's Note: Every year, a forwarded email goes around claiming that Walter Reed Hospital will accept cards addressed to "A Recovering American Soldier" or "Any Wounded Soldier".  And every year, it's false.  Cards sent in this manner will NOT be delivered according to snopes.com

So if you receive that email, DON'T forward it! 
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM