Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dear American Soldier

I'm sure by now a lot of you are thinking about doing, or have already started writing out Christmas cards. Well, did you know that you can write cards and send them to the troops? What better way to say thank you and let them know that we stand behind them? The picture is one that my son made himself. This year we sat down as a family and wrote cards to the troops. My son wrote different notes inside each one: Thank you for your service, Merry Christmas, Thank you for being brave, Happy Holidays, etc....
The inside of my cards read as follows:

Dear American Soldier,
       I hope this card finds you in good health. I wanted to take the time to say thank you for all that you do. It is because of you and so many other brave men and women that I can tuck my children in at night and know that they are safe.
So many things we take for granted on a daily basis. Time with family and friends, family meals gathered around the table, sharing laughs and memories. Smelling our favorite pies or cookies baking in the oven. Watching the leaves on the trees turn, and fall. Watching my children jump and play in a pile of leaves. Watching the first snowflakes of the season fall to the ground, and hearing my child pray that there will be enough to build a snowman. All of these things as so much more my family and I can enjoy because of your willingness to keep our country free. No matter where you are this Christmas, I pray that you are safe, and that you have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all that you do! Prayers for a safe return home.
                                                                God bless,
                                                                                  The Jensen family

(inside each card I wrote a different bible verse) Please feel free to copy and use what I wrote, or make it your own if you wish.

Here are the guidelines from the RED CROSS web page.

Card Guidelines:

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • 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 being accepted. Do not send or 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: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose 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 postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is December 6th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

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