The American Red Cross launched its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program on Monday, September 30. The Red Cross invites residents of West Michigan to express their appreciation to service members, veterans, and their families by sending them holiday cards filled with messages of gratitude and support.
This is the seventh year for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Last year, more than 1.8 million cards were distributed to the troops and their families as a part of the annual Holiday Campaign. For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has provided comfort and support to members of the United States military.
“This is a great way for people to give something that means something this holiday season,” said Kelly Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for the Red Cross of West Michigan. “The Red Cross helps millions of service members each year and this program gives our communities an opportunity to offer their support as well.”
To take part in the program, those interested can send their notes of thanks and holiday cheer to the following address by December 6, 2013:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. For a detailed list of what will and will not be accepted, see the Card Guidelines.
For more information on how to give, get
trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Holiday card for heroes guidelines
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
• Ensure that all cards are signed.
• Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
• Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
• Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
• Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
• Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
• If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.