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American Red Cross to send holiday cards to troops overseas

Oct. 03, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The American Red Cross is collecting and distributing holiday cards offering support to those serving overseas in the military.

"It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make," Marilyn Meade, local emergency services specialist for the Red Cross, said in a release. "You say thanks, we'll do the rest."

Cards will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 7, and may be mailed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Pitney Bowes Inc. receives cards at the special Holiday Mail post office box, and screens them for hazardous materials. Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the cards at no charge, and contributes thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country.

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 4.7 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending "care packages," monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail.

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