Holiday Cards for Service Members


Family gatherings and the holidays complement one another as well as jelly and peanut butter. Each combination has a high chance of bringing smiles to those able to enjoy them. Not everybody gets to enjoy the holidays with loved ones, however. For individuals serving in the military, the holidays can be an especially tough time.

While service members may not be able to return home during the holidays to spend time with family and friends, it’s still possible for them to receive a touch of the holiday spirit. Greeting cards can help bring smiles to those serving around the world. The bright, cheery colors of the holidays combined with warm wishes can improve spirits and lift moods.

To help bring holiday smiles to service members, the Red Cross has a Mail for Heroes program that sends greeting cards anonymously to service members at hospitals and military installations around the world. To participate in the program, people can send greeting cards to anonymous military members at the following address:

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

All cards should contain non-specific greetings and be free from personal contact information, photos, letters, and special enhancements such as glitter.

For more information on the program, click here.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  December 11, 2012

    What’s a holiday card? What happened to Christmas Cards? Being retired USN and retired USPS, I love to get Christmas cards. Why would I want to celebrate the holiday if I can’t say what it is? What holiday are you celebrating, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Presidents Day?
    This is too politically correct for me. It is not illegal to call them Christmas cards. Are they going to get rid of the Christmas holiday as well? We might as well as it seems it’s already happening…

    • Grannybunny

       /  December 11, 2012

      I am certain they would also accept Hanukkah and Kwanzaa cards, too.

  2. Anonymous

     /  December 11, 2012

    110% agree … we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings… they might sue …

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