It’s that time of year again! The holidays are creeping up on us really fast.
I know there are a lot of things floating around social media about sending holiday mail to wounded troops. Please beware that some info is incorrect. One thing floating around is saying that you can send mail to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. That is no longer the name. It technically does not exist anymore. It is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, because Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers combined into one. Another is about American Red Cross‘ Holiday Mail for Heroes. It’s still a program that the ARC is doing, but it is different this year. They no longer have a national address for you to send the holiday cards to. If you see a national address, it is most likely from past years. This year, the ARC is doing it through local chapters. Please contact your local Red Cross for more info.
I highly recommend using the ARC’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program if you are looking to send holiday cards to service members. We’ve done it in past years.
I know that the Lehigh Valley ARC is connect to the Philly ARC and the Philly ARC is doing Holiday Mail for Heroes. The Lehigh Valley ARC will help you get your holiday cards to the Philly branch so service men and women can receive your cards.
I believe the deadline is quickly approaching – I think it’s before Thanksgiving. So, please check with your local ARC to see if they are participating and what the deadline is.
Here’s a link to the American Red Cross’ webpage about their Holiday Mail for Heroes program: Holiday Mail for Heroes