Friday, 2 December 2011

PIF idea from my fab radio station

 This is on the blog of my local radio station 95.1 Shine FM.  I meant to post it earlier since the last day to post a card is on Friday, December 9th.  Who's in???

Have you seen the post on Facebook that's going around?

When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 8901 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20889-5600. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful, special people, who have sacrificed so much would get. Please copy and post on your wall.

We want you to know that Walter Reed will NOT be accepting cards, and the post office will be filtering out all mail addressed to "A Recovering American Solider." Why? Walter Reed does not have the staff to inspect all the letters that will be pouring in.

BUT, there is still a way that you can participate!

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes partner together to sponsor the "Holiday Mail For Heroes" program. The cool thing about this program is the cards go not only to service members in the hospital, but also to those serving in the US, overseas, plus veterans and their families.

Send cards to the address below:

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

You should know:

-- All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9th. Cards postmarked after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender.

-- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member,” and make sure to sign all cards.

-- Do not send letters, pictures, or any other type of an insert.

-- Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.

-- Avoid cards with glitter because many will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities, and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery.

For more information about Holiday Mail for Heroes, follow this link. Here's to making this Christmas bright for our military and their families!

Jack & Erin

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