There have been many emails going around online about sending cards to soldiers that are in the hospital. It is a great idea, with one problem. Hospitals are not taking mail that is not addressed to a specific person. Still want to send a little holiday cheer to a solider? There is good news. The American Red Cross has teamed up with PitneyBowes to get cards to soldiers and their families this year.
You can check out this site for more information. There is a deadline of December 10th for cards to be postmarked by though so you only have a few days to go.
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
(From their website:)
Please follow these simple guidelines when sending your card to ensure it will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families.
- All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
- If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
- Please ensure that all cards are signed.
- Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
- Please do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
- Please do not send letters.
- Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards will be removed during the reviewing process.
- All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.
If you aren’t sending out Christmas cards this year, or if the extra 42cents is just too much (and really…it’s just 42cents to put a smile on a soldier’s face), Here is another option! And best of all…it’s FREE!
Xerox has developed a site that you can go to, pick out a postcard, write a message, and they will send it off to the soldiers for you! It can’t get much easier than that! So head on over to their site and pick out a postcard to send to the troops!