Sending Holiday Cards To The Troops: The Right & Wrong Way

I got an e-mail today about sending cards to wounded warriors for the holidays. But a word of caution if you received the same e-mail.

I got an e-mail today about sending cards to wounded warriors for the holidays.  But a word of caution if you received the same e-mail.

The e-mail said,  "Here's a great idea for the holidays.  When you mail your Christmas cards send one to a "Recovering American Soldier" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C."  I thought, yeah that is a great brighten the holidays for those who are giving so much for our country, people we don't even know.   Then I thought...Walter Reed, or any other military facility, is not going to accept mail or packages without a specific name.  So I did some checking.

With a quick Google I found the information I was looking for.  Walter Reed indeed does not accept such mail due to security concerns.  In fact, the U.S. Postal Service will not accept mail addressed to "Any Service Member," "Any Wounded Service Member," or anything similar.  The mail is deposited into a collection box and will not be delivered.

I quickly let those know who sent the e-mail not to send the cards because they wouldn't get to the intended destination.  But there is an alternative.

The American Red Cross is conducting its "Holiday Mail for Heroes" campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to service members and veterans both in the U.S. and abroad.  A similar effort last year distributed over 600,000 cards to hospitalized service members.

If you would like to participate you can mail the cards to:  Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.  Cards must be mailed by December 10th.

Now that is a great idea for the holidays.  I'll be getting mine in the mail soon.



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  • by brenda Location: greenville on Nov 24, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    I got the same email last year, sent 10 cards, some were returned to me , but not all 10 came back
  • by Betty Location: Newport, NC on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    I received the same e-mail and thought what a wonderful idea. I was already thinking of sending several cards. Thanks for the info as to the correct way to send cards.

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