Holiday Mail for Heroes

I’d like to introduce all the Scouting News readers to a great project that I was made aware of, and will be participating in.

The American Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, they are collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible.

“This opportunity is such a great way for the public to personally support the military and say a special thank you for their service this holiday season,” said Gail McGovern, Red Cross President and CEO. “I’m especially proud that the Red Cross is able to be a part of this effort, and I hope everyone will take the time to join us and send an extra card for the military.”

In 2007 Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. approached the Red Cross to distribute thousands of holiday cards coming to the facility for wounded troops. The Red Cross reached out to Pitney Bowes to turn the project into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other facilities. In all, nearly 600,000 cards were screened for hazardous materials, sorted, and delivered in 2007.

Their goal for 2008 is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families.

This would be a great service project for a Cub Scout Den/Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or even a family. All you have to do is add one card to your holiday greeting list. Please visit Holiday Mail for Heroes to learn more about the program including card guidelines and mailing address. Cards must be postmarked by December 10th, 2008.

There is also a video about the program at: http://blip.tv/file/1453926 (there is a Boy Scout quoted in the video)

I can tell you from personal experience it is great to get a greeting card with a short note of support from a complete stranger around the holidays (especially from kids). Its a great reminder that folks back home are supporting you. I’m sure its the same for those service members who are at Walter Reed or other military medical facilities throughout the country.

Send Scouting News a picture of your Den, Pack, Troop, or Crew making greeting cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes and we will feature your unit in a future story.

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