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American Red Cross Invites America to Send Holiday Cheer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On Monday, Sept. 30, the American Red Cross kicks off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which invites the nation to show their gratitude and love for those who serve our country, veterans and their families by sending them holiday cards.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On Monday, Sept. 30, the American Red Cross kicks off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which invites the nation to show their gratitude and love for those who serve our country, veterans and their families by sending them holiday cards.

The event, which will go through Dec. 6, allows Americans to create and send cards to service members, past and present, and service families, who will receive the cards across the country and around the world.

"Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot," said Sherri L. Brown, senior vice president of Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces in a press release. "While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a word of difference."

Anyone interested in sending a message of thanks or a holiday card can do so by mailing them to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain 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.
 
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