Red Cross seeks holiday cards for military

Image of a snowflake decorationThe American Red Cross invites people to wish happy holidays those who serve our country, vets and their families through social media and traditional mail through Dec. 6.

Using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts people can be creative and tag instant messages, e-cards, photos or videos to military members. The Red Cross will post the material on its social media sites throughout the holiday season. Card senders can connect with each other through Facebook and Twitter.

People can also send traditional cards through the mail addressed to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 6. People are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found online.

“Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot,” said Fran Edwardson, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “While it may not seem like much, a note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a word of difference.”

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

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