Holiday Mail For Heroes

With Veterans’ Day Just around the corner, it seems appropriate to clarify a persistent urban myth and provide folks with an opportunity to show support of our troops. For a number of years, there has been an email forwarded around encouraging folks to send Christmas cards to recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital. Do not do this; these cards will not be delivered.

There is, however, an alternative. The American Red Cross conducts a “Holiday Mail for Heroes Program” that is already underway.  Please note there are some very important guidelines that must be followed… and your cards must arrive at the distribution location by December 7th. (I wonder if anyone saw the irony in that particular day as a deadline!?) One reason this program does work is that all cards are screened. Following the guidelines and mailing before the deadline makes that possible!