November 18, 2012

Fall Favorite: Christmas Cards

I absolutely love Christmas cards.  I ordered ours from Shutterfly on the 14th of November.  Partly because my mom had a 40% off coupon and a free shipping code, and partly because the finished project had been sitting, waiting to be ordered for WEEKS.  Just received the confirmation email letting me know that the cards are on their way!

And every year, don't you always end up with a few extra cards.  I'm sure you think to yourself, what a waste, I can't send out this card next year.....well this year send that card to a soldier!  According to snopes.com the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are sponsoring a holiday mail for heroes program!

Here's the deal:

Mail all cards by December 7, 2012 to the following address:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Not only does this early deadline allow the cards to get to the soldiers in time, but it forces you to get those cards out early and take a piece of holiday stress off your plate to leave more room for dessert!

Here are the guidelines (taken directly from the Red Cross):

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:

  • 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.

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The more cards we can get sent the better!

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