Have you gotten an e-mail recently telling your to send a holiday card to a wounded soldier at Walter Reed Veteran’s Hospital? Although this is a great idea, don’t do it. Walter Reed does not accept the cards and has not done so for years. For more info, click here.
Instead, the Red Cross has a ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes‘ program where they will distribute the cards. Here’s the details…
- All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
- Please ensure that all cards are signed.
- Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Please send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process.
- Please do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Participants are encouraged to limit the number of cards they submit to 25 from any one person or 50 from any one class or group. If you are mailing a larger quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes. Each card does not need its own envelope.
- All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print, or online mediums.
So, go ahead and get going and send a few right now! You”ll make someone very, very happy!