Holiday Mail for Heroes

I’m always looking for ways to support our heroic service men and women. I just found out about a great program designed to lift our soldiers’ morale during the holidays.

Holiday Mail for Heroes is a partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to deliver one million holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world.

Cards may be sent to the following address:

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

Please follow these simple guidelines when sending your card to ensure it will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families.

  • All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
  • If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
    Do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
  • Do not send letters.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Be sure to affix adequate postage.

This is a great project to involve the kids with. Allow them to create their own original card to send to a service member. Their personal, heartfelt cards will mean a lot to the troops.

If you need any more information, please visit the American Red Cross website.

Stay Strong,
Mocha Dad

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