Send Holiday Greetings to America’s Heroes!

While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of our nation’s heroes away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

Between October 1 and December 7, Americans can give something that means something by sending a card of thanks and support to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make. You say thanks, we’ll do the rest.

We are inviting the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until December 7 by mailing cards to the following address:

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

Our partner, Pitney Bowes Inc. receives cards at the special Holiday Mail post office box and screens them for hazardous materials. Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the cards at no charge, and contributes thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country.

Volunteers make holiday cards at the Red Cross for members of the military during the 2011 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 4.7 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

Last year we had great community participation. Across our 28-county region, over 34,000 cards from local schools, businesses, churches and community members were sent to the P.O. Box for distribution.  We hope that this year the community will once again come together to support our troops.

Students at Roswood Elementary in Columbia make cards for the troops during the 2011 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Students at Roswood Elementary in Columbia make cards for the troops during the 2011 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 7. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail.

The public can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.

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, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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