Saturday, November 22, 2008

Holiday Mail for Heroes

I made these cards from scrapbooking scraps.
Quick and easy and inexpensive.
OR
maybe you have some extra cards from last year
OR
follow the directions below to download free cards.

From the front lines to the home front,
the American Red Cross provides service members,
their families and veterans with the care and assistance they need.

The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season
for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.
They're collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members,
veterans and their families in the US and around the world.
Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage
to make this holiday card program possible.
Their goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards
to spread holiday cheer and say thanks to these brave individuals and families.
Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
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Go to...
http://www.redcross.org/email/saf/
Download and print a free card.
Learn about other ways to participate.
Get the latest news about Holiday Mail for Heroes.
Watch a video from Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet Members,
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Card Guidelines
Please follow these guidelines when mailing a card
to ensure your card will reach service members, veterans and families.
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials
and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers
working in one of 16 sorting stations around the country.
Cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
Participants are encouraged to limit the number of cards they submit to 25
from any one person or 50 from any one class or group.
If you are mailing a larger quantity, please bundle the cards
and place them in large mailing envelopes.
Each card does not need its own envelope or postage.
Please ensure that all cards are signed.
Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
Cards to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
Please send cards as opposed to long letters
which delay a quick review process.
Please do not include email or home addresses on the cards,
as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
Please do not include inserts of any kind,
as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts,
including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.
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Put a smile in someone else's heart this year!
Also see:
Ali Edwards' Blog for another GIVING idea.
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I'm thankful for all of you who I've had the fortune to get to
know through my blog and yours.
Joni

5 comments:

Rhona said...

Thank you Joni for your comment. How exciting to know you have Elements 7 coming (I've been looking at that myself but don't know if it's worth upgrading this time). Your blog is such an inspiration, I love all the things you do and look forward to seeing more. Let me know which class you're thinking of signing up for with Jessica, I may join you!!

Thimbleanna said...

Thanks for the great info Joni!

Helen said...

What a great idea. I just love your blog Joni....I learn so much. Have a great week.

Nan said...

Thanks for the info. Of course anything I make with paper, is never very good, so I think I'll get a box of cards!

sassy studio said...

Sounds like you never miss a beat! Love the Martha ideas..I always go there for inspiration too but sometimes it is idea overload!! Too much good stuff!