Southern Nevada Red Cross Enables Public to Give Something that Means Something this Holiday Season
“Holiday Mail for Heroes” Mailbox Open Through December 2
Las Vegas, NV, October 21, 2013 — Today marks the beginning of the 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program, meaning that Americans who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the Red Cross.
From October 21 to December 2, Southern Nevadans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Local service members, veterans and their families will receive cards made with care by the residents of Southern Nevada.
“It just takes a moment to make or sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Scott Emerson, CEO of the Southern Nevada chapter. “You say thanks, and we’ll do the rest.”
The Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by bringing or sending them to the Chapter Headquarters:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste. 206-B
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
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.
To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be at the chapter offices no later than December 2. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations, or any other kinds of inserts with the cards and from using glitter.
The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail.
The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.
About our Holiday Partners:
During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include: University of Phoenix, Circle K and its customers in the West and Florida divisions, and Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit www.redcross.org/holiday.