Holiday mail for Heroes

Montgomery, Alabama - The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to send holiday cards to members of the military and their families in the United States and around the world. From Tuesday, November 11 until Wednesday, December 10, the public is invited to send holiday cards with their message of thanks and cheer to a special post office box. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases, veteran's hospitals and military hospitals during the holidays.

Last year, the effort garnered more than 600,000 cards for wounded service men and women.  With the expansion of the program the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes hope to collect more than one million cards and holiday greetings.  "Holiday Mail For Heroes" continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.

"From the front lines to the home front, for more than 125 years, the American Red Cross has provided care and assistance to service members, their families and Veterans," said Jackie Buck, CEO of American Red Cross of Central Alabama.  "This is way for every member of the public to lift the spirits of military members, their families and veterans during this holiday season. It's as easy as signing your name."

This holiday effort continues Red Cross support of our military.  By Congressional mandate, we serve as the communications link for military personnel and their families here in our 13-county jurisdiction whenever an emergency arises.  This past year we served 844 servicemen and women and their families when birth, death or critical illnesses made it necessary to verify information and connect those families with their loved ones who serve our Country in the military.

"Pitney Bowes is proud to be working with the American Red Cross again to help Americans extend their well wishes and gratitude to the heroes who serve and protect our country," said Jon Love, President of Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. "Last year's program was a huge success and we look forward to working with the public to reach even more wounded service members and their families this holiday season to show appreciation and support."

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage.  Cards must be received no later than December 10.  Cards received after this date will be returned to senders.  To help speed the sorting process and delivery of cards and notes before the holidays, mailers are encouraged to refrain from sending "care packages," monetary gifts, using glitter or including any other inserts.  For a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices, please visit Cards are also available to print out from the website, along with messages from Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet Members Dr. Phil McGraw and Nancy O'Dell, co-anchor of Access Hollywood.