'Holiday Mail for Heroes' Brings Cards to Veterans
The Red Cross is hoping to send one million cards to active service members and veterans this holiday season.
If you want to take a moment today to personally thank a service member or verteran, the Red Cross has a program that you can participate in.
It's called "Holiday Mail for Heroes." All you have to do is send a card. The Red Cross says the cards are especially important as the holiday season approaches. They're trying to collect one million of them by the end of the holiday season.
The cards are sent to service men and women overseas, people in Veterans' hospitals, and other locations around the world. The only guidelines are to use generic salutations, don't include pictures or home addresses, and don't choose cards with glitter. The Red Cross suggests hosting a card making party as a way to honor Veterans Day. They want these cards to make it to soldiers and veterans by Christmas.
"It's something that we hear the service members look forward to because it's just a sprinkle of home and the holidays, and it helps them get through the holidays," said Alison Bono, Central and Northern Michigan Region Red Cross.
If you have cards for active military members or veterans, you can drop them off at the Red Cross in Lansing, or you can mail them directly to the Red Cross. The last date they can arrive at Red Cross headquarters and make it to soldiers by the holidays is December 6th.
Here is the address for direct mailing:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Click HERE for more guidelines about the letters.