If you buy boxed holiday cards every year, you invariably have cards leftover. Perhaps you save them thinking you’ll use them the following year. In most cases you won’t. Here is a great way to put those cards to use while spreading some holiday joy.
As in prior years, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have partnered together to:
“honor veterans, military families and active-duty service members by sending cards and personal messages of encouragement to our heroes around the world. The Holiday Mail For Heroes campaign has allowed us to send missions of cards to service members, bringing smiles and a touch of home to our service members who cannot be with their families for the holidays.
This year, we’re expanding the ways you can participate in this terrific program.
If you’re an Instagram , Vine, or general Twitter user, you can tag photos or video messages with the #HolidayMail hash tag and we will be able to display these on our blog so service members across the country and around the world will be able to see your cheery holiday message!
Sending an image or video will save trees, reduce the amount of mail that needs sorting, brings cheer to MANY service members, and has a much faster delivery time than mailed cards. We will be hosting all of the videos on a special Holiday Mail page so that any hospital, military installation, or veterans center will be easily able to display the stream of videos for our military members. Also, the stream can be accessed at anytime, simply look up #HolidayMail on Twitter. You can learn more here.”
So…sit down with a cup of hot tea or cocoa and write out a few cards. Your words will make someone’s day. The deadline is fast approaching. Please post by December 6th.