The American Red Cross is asking Americans to help brighten the holidays for active military, veterans and their families by sending holiday cards.
Since the program’s inception in 2006, 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.
“Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot,” said Sherri L. Brown, senior vice president, Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces, in a press release. “While it may not seem like much, a handwritten note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference.”
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by Friday, Dec. 6 to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Also, do not use glitter. More information and card requirements may 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 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.