Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the American Red Cross.
From Sept. 30 to Dec. 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to the country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world.
“It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Jennifer Balog, community executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, in a news release. “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.
Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas will sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. armed forces, veterans and their families since the program started in 2006.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards and from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.
The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.