My daughter had to do a project in school that required her to list all of her family’s active or inactive service members. By the time my wife and I listed all of our relatives who had served in the armed forces, my daughter’s list was quite long. Until we made that list, we didn’t realize the magnitude of our family’s legacy of service.
Since returning from a trip to Iraq in 2008, I have worked to find ways to help our service men and women. One thing that my family does each year is send homemade holiday cards to people serving in our armed forces through a program called Holiday Mail for Heroes.
The goal of the program is to recruit Americans to send holiday cards with their messages of thanks and cheer to service members, veterans and their families. Through this campaign, they aim to provide the 1.4 million men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and 24 million veterans who have served in the past with a much needed touch of home during this holiday season.
Last year my family and I spent several hours one Saturday afternoon designing the cards and writing messages of encouragement. It was a great time of family bonding. Best of all, we poured our hearts and souls into warm messages to uplift our soldiers.
I encourage you to do the same thing with your family. While preparing your holiday greetings, please follow these guidelines:
- Mail cards by December 10, 2010
- 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
If you need any more information, please visit the American Red Cross website.
Question: What are some other ways that we can help our troops?