American Red Cross officials send a "Touch of Home" to U.S. service members, veterans and their loved ones worldwide.

Every year during the holiday season, Americans take time to reflect and give thanks for the many gifts in their lives.

During the special season the American Red Cross asks the community to take time to remember the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, their families and our nation's veterans who may be separated or far from home.

Officials say between September 7 and December 10 anyone can and is encouraged to send holiday greeting cards with messages of thanks and support.

Red Cross volunteers will screen, sort and deliver your card to military installations and veterans and military hosptials across the U.S. and around the world.

Mail your card by December 10 to:
(please feel free to use my sendoutcards service to send a free card...just log on to

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Susan Benesh with the American Red Cross says there are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind when sending the holiday cards.


-Mail cards to the PO Box above

-Include your heart felt sentiments and sign all cards

-Entitle cards with generic terms such as "Dear Service Member, Family, or Veteran

-Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group

-Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes



-Mail or drop off cards at the local Red Cross Office

-Send letters, care packages or monetary gifts, please send Holiday Cards only

-Inclulde personal information such as home or email addresses

-Use glitter-excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients

-Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in  the screening process

For more information on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program vist the Red Cross website.

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