Holiday Mail for Heroes

Recently I got together with a lovely group of ladies who are part of the Rachel Dorcas Circle at the United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville to make cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program .

This group of ladies come together once a month to help serve the community. Their main focus at this time is their Prayer Blanket Ministry – where they sew fleece blankets for those who are dealing with cancer or other illnesses. Their prayer blankets provide comfort for those who are in need.

This past month, they chose to join in my Caring with Cards project and create some handmade cards for our military members and the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. Here are some pictures of them making cards together.

Holiday for Heros Rachel Dorcus UMW Circle (1) Holiday for Heros Rachel Dorcus UMW Circle (2)

The Holiday Mail for Heroes Program is a joint effort of Pitney Bowes and the Red Cross. They support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, they deliver holiday cards to our veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

Holiday Cards for Heroes

The cards provide a little touch of home for our troops during the holiday season. Cards are collected and then distributed  in December. This years deadline for mailing is December 7th.

If this is something that you would like to do – There is still time to send a card or two.

There are just some general guidelines you’ll want to follow so that your cards are processed quickly and make it to our heroes.

  • Ensure that all cards are signed
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member”. Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are accepted – Do not 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
  • Please do not use 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 boxes. Each card does not need it’s own envelope , as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

Mail your cards to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

If this is something that you’d like to do in the future please let me know – I’ll be happy to set up a time to help you and/or your group. I also hold an event once a month, Caring with Cards,  to make cards to donate to Operation Write Home, The Ronald McDonald House, and Hospice in addition to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program – please visit my event calendar and look for my Caring with Cards events for more information.

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