Holiday Mail for Heroes deadline is Dec. 9

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - From now until Dec. 9, the community can send holiday cards to those U.S. military service men and women as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are teaming up for a fifth year as part of the program. They then screen the holiday cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran's hospitals and other locations during the holidays.

Pitney Bows is donating screening, packaging and shipping services as part of the program. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers will sort and box the cards in November and December.   

The Red Cross will make every effort to deliver these cards to Fort Stewart's Wounded Warrior Units, on base medical and dental units, Military and Veterans' hospitals, vehicles that transport patients to their routine appointments and Family Assistance Centers as well as other military installations in the Coastal Empire, according to a news release.

For information on how to volunteer or to support it financially, contact Judy McKinney at the Red Cross in Savannah at 912.651.5351.

Holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 9. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. Avoid sending care packages, monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

Go to for a list of recommended guidelines and best practices for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

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