Do you have unused Christmas and Holiday cards from years past like I do?
What do you do with them?
I don't know why but I keep them in a zippered baggy in my office closet.
Honestly, am I ever going to sent them out??
Well. Here is the answer to getting rid of or letting go of all those cards from Christmases past!
SEND THEM TO OUR HEROES!
Here is my stash of what I'm sending!
Now for the details!
The American Red Cross heads up the card collection and distribution.
The program is called "Holiday Mail for Heroes."
Click here to go to their website for all the details.
Below are the Card Guidelines directly from their site:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
- If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The deadline for having cards to the P.O Box is Friday, December 7th.
That is NEXT Friday, so get to it!
Mine are on their way!