American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program
American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program to
Deliver Support from Home to U.S. Service Members
Bowes offers new online option to send a card to military members and veterans
Washington, DC, November 3,
2011 —The American Red Cross kicked off the Holiday Mail for Heroes program
with a card-signing event and concert today, encouraging Americans to support
military members, veterans and their families this holiday season.
Proudly sponsored by Pitney Bowes
Inc., the Holiday Mail for Heroes program
allows Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women
of the U.S. Armed Forces, our nation’s veterans and their families. The public can
send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and
appreciation through Friday, December 9.
“Of the 2 million service
members, tens of thousands of will find themselves away from home during this
holiday season, and others are close to home but desperately need an emotional
and spiritual boost,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross president and CEO.
“We are proud of the service
members and families we have touched over the years and the many more we will
reach this year,” McGovern added, noting that the program has collected more
than 3.5 million cards since 2007
"Many of our soldiers are
away from home and away from family. It's important they know we support them
and are thinking of them, especially during the holiday season," said
Kevin Connolly, Vice President of Strategic Transformation, Pitney Bowes. “We
are very pleased to be working side by side with the American Red Cross to help
deliver these messages to our men and women in uniform."
Today, the Red Cross hosted Washington
DC area residents and workers, visitors and media at its Washington
headquarters for a day of card signing, refreshments and entertainment in
support of holiday card program.
During the 10 a.m. press
conference, McGovern and Connolly were joined by Colonel Gregory S. Zehner,
United States Air Force chief, future concepts division; and Justin
Constantine, Department of Justice associate general counsel, who spoke of the
importance of the program and of how much the cards mean to those serving the
Michael W. Smith, contemporary
music artist, Red Cross celebrity cabinet member and program spokesperson, sent
well wishes from his home in Nashville.
“It's an honor to be a part of
the Holiday Mail for Heroes program,” Smith said. “The brave men and women who
serve our country deserve of our utmost gratitude and heartfelt sentiments,
especially during the holiday season when they are far from home.”
This year for the first time,
Simon Property Group will be offering additional collection sites at its malls
throughout the country. Many of the malls will also be hosting card signing
events at their Kidgits clubs. For a full list of participating malls, visit
the Holiday Mail for Heroes homepage at redcross.org/holidaymail.
After the public signs and sends the
cards, Pitney Bowes receives them at the special Holiday Mail post office box
and screens all items for hazardous materials. Red Cross volunteers across the
United States then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season.
Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the cards at no charge, and
contributes thousands of volunteer hours at sites nationwide.
Pitney Bowes has also created an
online card making feature that allows Americans to send a card with a personal
message of thanks and holiday cheer to a service member for $1. The new
offers four holiday card designs that will remain accessible until December 9.
The cards will be sent directly to the Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box in
Maryland for distribution.
For reasons of processing and
safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,”
monetary gifts, items with glitter or card inserts. For more information and
card requirements, please visit redcross.org/holidaymail.
Cards can be mailed to the following address by the December 9 deadline:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches
lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization
— not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the
American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or
join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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