East Texans helping Holiday Mail for Heroes program

TXU presents check to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Photo source: Linda Edwards
TXU presents check to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Photo source: Linda Edwards

Released by the American Red Cross:

The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a joint effort between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to enable all Americans to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

East Texans are taking part. TXU presented a check to the program that will help cover the postage and other hard costs associated with the campaign.

There are currently 1.4 million active duty U.S. military men and women serving in our country and abroad. This number rises greatly when you consider family members based in the States. Also, there are 24 million veterans in the U.S.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign is a way for Americans to help spread much-needed holiday cheer and thanks to these real heroes of America and their families.

1. You don't have to know anyone in the military; you can send your holiday greetings by mailing cards to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Because of the time it takes to screen, sort and deliver the cards, all cards must be postmarked NO LATER THAN December 7, 2009 to ensure that cards can be distributed this holiday season.

2. You may send as many cards as you like, but please limit the number of holiday cards you send to 15 in one envelope.

3. In order to make cards as meaningful as possible to such a wide audience, we recommend that the public use "Dear service member, family member or veteran" when writing the cards.

4. Because cards may end up at the bedside of a wounded service member, we ask that cards not include large quantities of glitter.

5. We encourage the public to send holiday-neutral cards.

6. We ask the public not to enclose any items with the holiday cards. Any items enclosed with holiday cards will be removed, including photos and other gifts.

Visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail for up-to-date information about the program including the mailing address to where cards should be sent, the deadline for sending cards, and additional guidelines and best practices.