Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Holiday Greetings for Wounded Warriors

As many of you are aware, Walter Reed Medical Center and other medical centers could not accept any card or letter addressed to “Any Wounded Soldier” or “Any Soldier” because of security reasons.

But because of the outpouring of support for our service members, the Department of Defense, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have teamed up to make it possible to send Christmas greetings to our wounded and recovering service members.

"It is an honor to provide this small measure of comfort at holiday time to those who have sacrificed so much," said Pitney Bowes President and CEO Murray Martin. "We want to make it as easy as possible for all Americans to show their appreciation to the men and women who serve this nation so proudly and selflessly."

The American Red Cross will only be able to accept holiday cards.
No packages please. Red Cross volunteers will sort the cards for appropriate content and bundle the cards which will be shipped by Pitney Bowes. Red Cross volunteers at each of the medical centers will then distribute the cards/letters to service members and their families.

Cards and letters must be received no later than December 27. Cards received after this date will be returned to sender. Cards and notes only - and please refrain from using glitter or any other inserts that would not be appropriate in a hospital environment.

Holiday cards should be addressed to:

We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
PO Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419

Let’s show our heroes that we know what the meaning of giving is this holiday season because they certainly have. When you’re sending your holiday cards to family and friends, please include another 2, 20 or even 200 to our wounded warriors. They, most of all, deserve to have a Merry Christmas!!

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