‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ to deliver greetings to U.S. Military members

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WORCESTER — As the holiday season approaches, Charter, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to send holiday greetings and a note of thanks to our men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Between now and Dec. 10, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will sort and package the cards, then deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veterans hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge. The Red Cross will utilize hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery to service men and women, veterans and family members in November and December.

“Last August, our community proudly stood with hundreds of service members from throughout Central Massachusetts as they prepared for deployment,” said Greg Garabedian, vice president and general manager for Charter in New England. “Now more than ever, it is important for our community to seize the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’ We are honored to join with the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to help make that happen.”

“Sending a greeting card is a small effort that makes a big impact for our American heroes during the holiday season,” said Nicole Valentine, director of Emergency Services and Public Affairs for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts. “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues the Red Cross tradition of service to the armed forces.”

Last year, with the help of Pitney Bowes, hundreds of volunteers screened, sorted and packaged cards that were delivered to military bases, veteran and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than Dec. 10. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

Holiday cards may also be dropped off at the following Charter Communications Walk-In and Service Center location: 7 Lomar Park, Pepperell.

Visit redcross.org/holidaymail for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.