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.
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.
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.
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.