Last year I wrote about the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign and I received great feedback from all of you.
This year, the goal of the campaign remains the same: to recruit Americans to send holiday cards with messages of thanks and cheer to service members, veterans and their families. Through this campaign, American service men and women in the U.S. and around the world will receive a much needed touch of home during this holiday season.
There are over 1.4 million men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and over 24 million veterans who have served in the past. Let’s show our appreciation by making sure that each one of them receives a word of encouragement during the holidays.
While preparing your holiday greetings, please follow these guidelines:
- Sign all cards
- Address cards “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran”
- Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
- Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (there is no need to include individual envelopes and postage for cards)
- Mail cards to this address:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
- Send letters
- 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
You can also do more than send in cards. The Red Cross has established a holiday gift catalog that lists several different contributions you can make to provide much-needed items for service members, such as phone cards and “comfort kits”.
My family and I plan to do our part to share some holiday cheer with our brave service men and women who are protecting America. I hope you will do the same.
Question: Do you have any active duty service men or women in your family?