For the first two days, we talked about traditions that take planning and month long commitment. How about one that takes very little of each?
Holiday Mail for Heros is a tradition that you can start for the holiday season. All you need is a box of cards and postage. Take a look at this video of some of the cards being given out.
Cards can be mailed out starting the first of October but all cards must be in their Post Office box by December 6th to insure delivery. They do have some simple guidelines that they ask you follow:
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
- If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
And I was in Dollar Tree today and Christmas cards were already out and you can also make your own cards. So how about starting something new? As soon as Taft was old enough, I let him be the one to select the box of cards. Each child could get their own and write the message if they are able.
Have any of you done this before? Or something similar?