Since Stef got me all into a dither with her Are you ready for Christmas? Post, I decided it was time to think about Christmas and holiday cards. I started by pulling out my unused cards from years past. You know how you always have some cards left over when you reach the end of your list (or quit half way through because you get tired/run out of time)? I dutifully pack them away in their box with my leftover bows and ribbons thinking I’ll use the rest next time. But a whole year later, I’m in love with my new cards and never reach for my saved one. Plus I get all nervous that I’ll commit the terrible faux pas of sending the same card to the same person two years in a row.
Then I remembered a comment I read on wht member Cami’s inspirational blog 29 Gifts. about the American Red Cross sponsored Holiday Mail for Heroes. This ingenious program delivers holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. It’s a simple way to send thanks to our men and women in uniform!
You can choose to download and print a holiday card from the Holiday Mail for Heroes. page, or send some of your own. The basic instructions and address is listed on the same page but note that all cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
(A final note is that this is the only soldier card program out there. If you’ve received an email or have read information on sending cards to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital; don’t – they will be returned to you.)
Hooray – I had planned on participating in this great program and now I had at least a dozen cards to package and send to deserving troops! This simple and sincere do-gooder act is easy to add in when addressing your yearly cards. Now get writing!