Sunday, November 30, 2008

Red Cross "Holiday Mail Call" Program 2008 Guidelines

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a national "Holiday Mail Call" program in 2008 as it did in 2007! Last year the Red Cross reviewed and distributed over 600,000 cards to our wounded service members at hospitals around the country and overseas. This year we want to expand who is reached with the holiday greeting cards to include not only our wounded warriors, but all service members and their families, as well as veterans. Our goal is to reach 1,000,000 persons this year to show our appreciation for their service and wish them well over the holiday season and with your help we will!

Start Date of the Program: Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2008

Mailing Address:
Red Cross Holiday Mail Call
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791‐5456

•The Guidelines below should be followed to enable a quick reviewing process as well as to ensure that cards are not offensive in any way to anyone who might receive one:

1. Please ensure all cards are signed
2. Please send cards as opposed to long letters which delay a quick review process
3.Please do not include e‐mail or home addresses on the cards as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships
•Please do not insert photos, money, religious articles (i.e.‐rosary beads, prayer cards, etc), glitter, ‘snow’ or like items in cards as these items will be removed during the reviewing process

•Phone cards or gift cards will not be accepted with cards. Those wishing to send calling cards or gift cards/certificates should go to http://www.aafes.com/, scroll down to "AAFES Community Connection" and click on "Help Our Troops Call Home" or "Gift Cards/Certificates for Our Troops" in order to send such items

•No ‘Care Packages’ will be accepted at this address. Those wishing to send care packages should go to http://www.americasupportsyou.com/ and click under "Home front Groups" to find out how to send care packages

•Participants are requested not to send more than 25 cards from any one person or 50 cards from any one group.

End Date of the Program: All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thanks to Bruce S and Family for making us aware of this!

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

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