Red Cross: Holiday Mail For Heroes Program Ends December 9th!!

Just a reminder to everyone out there that the Red Cross’ Holiday Mail For Heroes program requires that allc ards be post-markes by December 9, 2011 to give enough time to sort them out and ship them off to their respective recipient.  Don’t belive the farcical e-mail chainletters and facebook wall posts talking about sending things to the Walter Reed Medical Center’s Wounded Warrior Recovery program.  If for no other reason than because the Walter Reed Medical Center closed down this past August; that and they never had a program where they gave wounded servicemembers the cards you sent in.  If they ever got delivered, they just got thrown in the trash.

So give a card to a wounded servicemember, or a few dozen if you can!  Remember those who fight overseas for us now.  Because when the revolution starts, we want to make sure they’re on our side and not Congress’.  Err, and they deserve it for all their dangerous, hard work, too, of course. =D

Here’s the Red Cross’ guidelines, and you can find a link to the right of all my blog posts until the program ends.

Card Guidelines:
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:

  • All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
  • 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 letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • We encourage participants to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.
  • Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery

~RCS

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