Many of us were saddened to learn that well-meaning cards sent to "Any Soldier" at Walter Reed Hospital were discarded due to security and personnel concerns. (See this article at snopes.com.)
But here's good news for anyone wishing to send holiday cards to military personnel and their families.
Holiday Mail 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.
Send cards to this address:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO box 5456
Capitol Heights MD 20791-5456
Make sure to follow these guidelines…
- 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.
- Please ensure that all cards are signed.
- Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
- Please do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
- Please do not send letters.
- Please 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.
- All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.
There's more information and a short video at http://www.redcross.org/email/saf/
There are 186,000 men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Will you do your part to see they get warm holiday greetings from home this Christmas?