Holiday Mail for Heroes – I am in, are you?
Did you know that my husband, Jeff, is a veteran? I also have a brother in law who served overseas during both Iraq wars. Holiday Mail for Heroes is not only a program I am deeply involved in because of my employer, Pitney Bowes, but because it is important to me.
What is Holiday Mail for Heroes?
The purpose of the program is to make it easy for you to send a holiday card to our men and women in uniform, veterans and their families. It works in three stages. You send a card to a designated PO Box address, Pitney Bowes processes the mail and ships it to over 300 Red Cross Chapters across the country and oversees where Red Cross volunteers sort it and deliver it to servicemen and veterans overseas and in hospitals across the country.
I had the privilege of participating in a card sorting event last year where 40 volunteers from Pitney Bowes processed over 20 thousand pieces of mail.
I brought my entire family to this event.
Want to help? It’s easy to get involved.
There are currently 1.4 million active duty US military men and women serving in our country and abroad. Many of them are going to spend the holiday season away from home. Is there something you can do to help? Well, glad you asked because there is. You can get involved and all it takes is a holiday card.
- Write a holiday card yourself and mail it to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The deadline for mailing your card is December 7th so don’t delay.
- Tell others about the project and direct them to http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail for more info.
- Use your social media channels to energize others. Use #holidaymail hashtag to mark your Facebook, Twitter or Flickr entries so that we can track them and thank everybody for their involvement.
- Bloggers, blog about the program. More info. in this post from the Red Cross blog.
- Feel free to organize card making events among your family and friends. It can be a great way to get your kids energized. Take pictures of your cards and post them online or add them to the Holiday Mail for Heroes Flickr group.
- Schools, houses of worship, community centers: get involved by encouraging your members to make a card.
- Contact your local Red Cross Chapter to find out how you can help sort incoming cards.
Want to know the progress we are making with the campaign?
Become a friend of the Red Cross Facebook fan page to to stay up to date.