Send holiday greetings to soldiers overseas

The American Red Cross invites people to wish happy holidays to those who serve our country, veterans and their families through social media and traditional mail through Dec. 6.

Using the hashtag #HolidayMail on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine, people can be creative and tag instant messages, e-cards, photos, or videos to military members. The Red Cross will post the material on its social media sites throughout the holiday season. Card senders can connect with each other through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross.

People can also send traditional cards through the mail addressed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. People are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other inserts with the cards and not to use glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at redcross.org/holidaymail.

“Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot,” said Fran Edwardson, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. “While it may not seem like much, a note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference.”

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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