For soldiers who are away from home, the holidays can be an especially difficult time. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program, run by the American Red Cross, is a simple way individuals and organizations can show their support to our heroes.
Through this program, holiday cards are collected between October and early December and then distributed to military installations, veterans’ hospitals, and other locations across the country and throughout the world.
These expressions of care lift the spirits of soldiers and bring them cheer. To learn more about what these cards mean to their recipients, view this video taken at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
If you or your organization is interested in sending holiday cards, keep in mind these guidelines:
Cards should be mailed to the following address by December 6th:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Since the Holiday Mail for Heroes program was established in 2006, over 6.5 million cards have been distributed. And this year, the program is expanding by enabling people to participate through social media. If you use Instagram, Vine, or Twitter, and create a photo or video with a holiday message for America’s service members, use the #HolidayMail hashtag. Holiday Mail for Heroes will display your message on its blog to be seen by military across the globe.
For more information about the program, as well as tips on how to create a good video, visit the Holiday Mail for Heroes website.