Holiday Mail for Heroes

This article, entitled Holiday Mail for Heroes comes from Erin Ferris at

Unless you’re already familiar with the American Red Cross, you might be surprised to learn that each year the organization provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. The American Red Cross is responsible for supporting service members, their families, and military and veterans hospitals, and providing emergency communications between service members and their families throughout the world.

Once a year, through the Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign, the American Red Cross provides Americans with an opportunity to send holiday cards to United States service members, veterans, and their families. Anyone is welcome to participate, and I know from experience (last year I organized a Holiday Mail for Heroes for my son’s preschool class, and this year I’ll be doing the same in his kindergarten class) that this campaign is a perfect way for adults and children alike to learn more about the American Red Cross and to support our country’s service members this holiday season.

There’s still time for you, your friends, your kids, and/or your kids’ classes to participate in the 2012 Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign. Here’s what you need to know when creating your holiday cards:

- Use generic salutations, such as “Service Member”, as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are accepted. Please do not send or include letters or photos.
- Please do not use glitter on cards, as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
- Ensure that all cards are signed (first names are fine), but do not include email or home addresses on the cards.

Now just simply create your cards, place them in an envelope or box (no individual envelopes are needed – just place all of your cards in one large envelope or mailing box), and send them to the address below. All packages must be postmarked no later than December 7th.

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Happy creating!

About the Author...
Erin Ferris
My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas.
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