Red Cross announces Holiday Mail for Heroes

The American Red Cross has announced the start of its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program and invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve the country, veterans and their families by sending holiday cards.

Starting Monday and continuing through Dec. 6, people can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross will accept messages of thanks and holiday cheer at the following address:

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

To ensure cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kind of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements are available at redcross.org/holidaymail.

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.

The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross.

For more information, go to redcross.org or visit Twitter at @RedCross.