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Program delivers holiday tidings to service members

POSTED November 12, 2010 8:35 p.m.
For a fourth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program that will deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. The program provides Americans with the opportunity to send holiday greetings and a note of thanks to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Through Dec.10, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge. The Red Cross will utilize hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery. “Sending a greeting card is a small effort that makes a big impact for our American heroes during the holiday season,” said Trisha Johnson, emergency services director at the Capital Region Chapter.  “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.”  Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for HeroesP.O. Box 5456Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 Please be sure to affix adequate postage.  Cards must be received no later than December 10.  Cards received after this date will be returned to senders.  For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.   Visit redcross.org/holidaymail for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

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