(WBNG Binghamton) Monday marks the start of the 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program, meaning that Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the American Red Cross.
According to a news release:
From Sept. 30 to Dec. 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members, veterans and their families will receive cards across the country and around the world.
“It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central New York Region. “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”
The Central New York Region covers 16 counties, including Cortland and Tompkins.
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes,
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. 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 since the program started in 2006.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations, or any other kinds of inserts with the cards and from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.