Help Save Lives and Thank a Military Service Member

November 9, 2012

Support the American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Campaign 


Lansing, Mich.—November 9, 2012—Military deployments, distance and hospital stays mean many service members and veterans will be separated from their families this holiday season.  The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program empowers people to “Give Something That Means Something” by sending a card of thanks and support to the members of the Armed Forces, veterans or their families.


Post cards will be available at blood drives November 11 (Veterans Day) through November 30 for donors to compose their messages of appreciation for members of the military community.  The cards are sent to a special P.O. Box where our partner Pitney Bowes scans them to ensure safety and security.  Red Cross volunteers then sort and deliver them to service members, veterans and their families around the nation and around the globe.


The public can also send their own messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to:


Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456


To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 7.  Since 2006, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes has received and distributed more than 4.7 million holiday cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.


“It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “You say thanks, we’ll do the rest.”


During the holiday season, you can give the perfect gift—the gift of life—by making an appointment to give blood.  Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.