Every year I vow I’m going to do my part to help those people who are less fortunate. I’ve bought gifts for the Angel Tree, helped with the food drive, provided warm accessories for the Cozy Tree at the elementary school, and a host of other projects. Anything to help. So this year, when I saw this post on Facebook I decided I would do just that–address a card to a wounded serviceman and send some Christmas cheer their way. Perfect!
I always believe in the good in people, but I’m married to a deputy who only sees the bad, day in and day out. His experiences have made me a bit cautious, so I poked around a little and discovered that the information is incorrect.
The address is not valid and hasn’t been for five years. Any mail sent there will be returned to sender.
But it’s such an awesome idea!
So I poked around a bit more and discovered a few things you can do to help our wounded heroes.
You can send blank holiday cards that they can use to send home to their loved ones. Here’s how:
Gather 3 blank holiday cards (same holiday per bundle and no glitter) along with 3 blank envelopes with postage stamps and 1 short message to the service member (do not include contact information, only first name). Bundle them all together with a ribbon and send to:
American Red Cross in the National Capital Region
ATTN: Holiday Mail for Heroes
8550 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031
Don’t forget Hanukkah and Kwanzaa!
If you still want to send a Christmas card to a wounded or hospitalized service hero, contact your local Red Cross office, Military Treatment Facility, or VA Hospital to obtain the local guidelines. You can also call the American Red Cross at 301 295 1538 if you have any questions.
When I went to the site for the Warren Reid National Military Medical Center, they mentioned that the meme usually goes viral. It just shows how big the hearts of Americans really are, but mis-information is ineffectual to the cause. Here’s a meme if you’d like to share.
And for everyone who wants to bless the servicemen, get the bundle together and take a picture of it. Post it to my Facebook author page and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a copy of Heartland Christmas Brides which includes my Christmas novella, The Gingerbread Bride.
Giveaway ends November 30, 2016, which is also the deadline to send the cards. (This giveaway is in no way endorsed or supported by Facebook.)
Good luck! And thanks for supporting our service men and women!