Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas for soldiers

Wanna send a card to a soldier?

This holiday season, Americans can send soldiers and wounded troops greeting cards — even if they don’t know their names.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax attacks, the Pentagon required that mail addressed to “any soldier” be returned to the sender, leaving Americans without a way to send mail to soldiers whose names they didn’t know.

But for a second year, an American Red Cross program is allowing the public to send holiday greeting cards that aren’t addressed to a particular soldier. The cards will be screened, sorted and distributed to military hospitals and bases nationally and overseas in time for the holidays.

“The eyes of the soldiers really light up” when they see greeting cards sent from the American public, said Lt. Col. David Oclander. Oclander was in Iraq around the time of last year’s program and remembers seeing soldiers, even those in the most remote locations, carrying cards around.

My dear readers,
I have made my cards for Walter Reed, I just need to DELIVER them....I beseech you to remember those who are FAR from home. Serving in harm's way. Your card might let them know that we are praying for them, and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

Mailing care packages to your soldier:

Check it out: the large Priority Mail Flat box from the U.S. Postal Service mails at a $2 discount if going to FPO and APO addresses, making it $10.95 instead of $12.95. These boxes can be obtained at your local post office or you can order them to be delivered to your home in packages of 10 or 25. And they're free!! How great is that?
Don't forget, mail your FPO/APO holiday packages by December 4th!

Don't know what to send? Go here: Care Package Ideas - SpouseBUZZ

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1 comment:

ohhollyf said...

We did this and Noah gave his phone # and wrote call me, I'm sad for what happened to you. Such a sweetheart !