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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Wednesday Deadline to Send Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes

Who says nothing's for free?

Tomorrow -- Wednesday, December 10 -- is the last day to participate in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The program is a "partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to deliver one million holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world."

Download free postcards [pdf] or mail your own to the address below, following all the rules listed in extended.

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please follow all rules below:

  • All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards postmarked after this date will be returned to sender.
  • If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
  • Do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
  • Do not send letters.
  • Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.
  • Phone cards or gift cards will not be accepted with the holiday cards. Those wishing to send calling cards or gift cards/certificates should go to, scroll down to "AAFES Community Connection" and click on "Help Our Troops Call Home" or "Gift Cards/Certificates for Our Troops" in order to send such items.
  • No 'Care Packages' will be accepted at this address. Those wishing to send care packages should go to and click under "Homefront Groups" to find out how to send care packages.

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