Holidays For Heroes

11/14/2013

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. They support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, they get the joy of delivering holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. Each year they collect holiday cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans’ hospitals, and in other locations.

Brandy McBride, a Trehab youth participant in Sullivan County, has been collecting holiday cards for the “Holidays for Heroes” Program promoted by the American Red Cross.  If you would like to provide holiday cards to those individuals in the military please feel free to send them to our Trehab Office in Dushore or mail them directly to the American Red Cross. 

Sullivan Trehab
210 Center Street
Dushore, PA 18614
 

The card guidelines are below:

Card Guidelines:

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

·         Ensure that all cards are signed.

·         Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.

·         Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.

·         Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.

·         Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.

·         Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.

·         If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

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

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is December 6th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

 

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