Every year, my family participates in a great program: Holiday Mail for Heroes. Organized by The American Red Cross, this program delivers holiday cards and greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members all over the world. It’s an easy way to get your kids involved in supporting our troops and a way to model for them that giving time, thought and prayers can be as valuable as donating money.
This year’s program has changed. Now, each local chapter of The Red Cross is collecting, sorting and distributing their holiday cards. There is no longer a national PO Box. This allows the local offices to focus on “neighbors helping neighbors” and be sure their local population receives greetings. Many chapters have set this Friday as the deadline to receive cards. Find your local Red Cross Office and plan to drop off your cards or ask how they would prefer to receive them. You can also volunteer to help sort and deliver cards.
As always, there are a few guidelines for the holiday cards you send:
- Use generic salutations like “Dear Service Member, Veteran or Military Family Member”
- Make sure all cards are signed, and do not use your home address or email address.
- Do not include inserts like letters or photos, and avoid cards with glitter since it can come loose.
- No need to use envelopes, as they will be removed before distribution.
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