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November 23, 2009

“Come home safe,” printed one Cub Scout, carefully forming the letters around holes he had cut in his green construction paper snowflake.

These holiday cards will soon be delivered to service members, veterans and military families.
These holiday cards will soon be delivered to service members, veterans and military families.
Photo credit: Hector Emanuel

This nine-year-old spoke for the more than one million people participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes events this week and next.

American Red Cross national headquarters was bouncing with young visitors on Saturday. Military families, scout troops and Red Cross families filled the huge meeting room.

Youthful imagination, coupled with crayons, scissors, magic markers, colored paper and glue, produced hundreds of hand-made holiday cards, now on their way to our military heroes.

Even the youngest child in the room seemed to understand that their card was for someone very special.

“Dear hero,” read a card from Brownie Troop 5126, “happy holidays. Thank you 4 my freedom.”

A boy drew a snowman with stick arms. One arm held a rifle; the other arm waved. “Hoorah,” shouted his snowman.

“You are a star,” a girl wrote on a yellow star shape. She turned the star over and drew a smiling reindeer.

At a nearby table, a boy worked industriously to cover the front of his card with sticker ornaments. Inside he wrote, “thanks for saving us.” As his mother listened, the boy explained that this card was for people like his dad, people in the Army who won’t be home for the holidays.

Send Your Card by Dec. 7

Join these children and thousands of people across the nation in sending your holiday greetings to America’s service members, veterans and military families.

Nothing could be simpler than sending your card. Review these do’s and don’ts. Then write your message, sign your card, address it, stamp it and drop it in the mail by Monday, December 7.

Send your holiday card to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

For the third season, mailstream giant Pitney Bowes Inc. is screening the holiday cards for hazardous materials and then packaging and shipping them to more than 300 Red Cross chapters.

During December Red Cross volunteers will be delivering your cards to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations in the U.S. and abroad.

There are 1.4 million active duty members, reservists and guards, and more than 24 million veterans. Tens of thousands of these men and women are not going to be home for the holidays.

Send your card. Join the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign and make sure every one of our heroes who cannot be home for the holidays receives a card.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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