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Friday, November 28, 2008

What a better way to Give Thanks..

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE POST FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE!!

then to show our appreciation. My friend Sylvia told me about this campaign to send handmade cards to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for recovering soldiers.

If you would like to participate, here are the details:

"When doing your holiday cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. 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.

A Great Idea!!!

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington , D.C. 20307-5001

If you approve, please pass it on."

:) Irina

Edited to add.. I will look into the information that was provided to me in the comments and will update this post as soon as I find out more. For now please hold on to sending your cards to the address above.. Thank you!

IMPORTANT UPDATE!! I reviewed the information and now I do not think it is a good idea to send cards to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center if we are not sure our cards will reach any of the soldiers. I found this program on AmericanRedCross.org, this one for sure is legit.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes is a partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to deliver one million holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please follow these simple guidelines when sending your card to ensure it will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families.

- All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
- If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
- Please ensure that all cards are signed.
- Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
- Please do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
- Please do not send letters.
- Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards 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.

:) Irina

4 comments:

Cal said...

This is such a nice thing to do, but I found out the hard way that if you send cards to Walter Reed that are not for a specific soldier, they will never make it to anyone. They have it on snoopes.com as well. A great place to send your cards is www.cardsforheros.org

Thank you for your big heart!

Anonymous said...

I have heard the same --

the important thing is to SEND A CARD!!!!!!!!!! Maybe even a few ----
it isn't hard to make a few extras and it means a lot to the recipients

Monica said...

Irina,

The poster above is correct. The USPS will not delivery any mail addressed to "Recovering Soldier" at the Walter Reed medical center. The correct link to verify the info is http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/walterreed.asp

jules p said...

Let us know when we can mail them. I am sending this info along to all my stamping buddies. We can all make them and send them.