U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., is helping to collect cards for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which gives Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings and thanks to service members, veterans and their families around the world.
“During this Christmas and holiday season, I hope Nebraskans will again join with me to show our gratitude to our nation’s heroes around the world,” Smith said. “The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a great opportunity to support the men and women defending our nation and our veterans.”
Smith’s district offices in Grand Island and Scottsbluff will serve as collection points for constituents to drop off postage-free cards until Dec. 2.
These guidelines apply:
» Ensure all cards are signed.
» Use generic salutations such as “To American Hero.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot 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.
» Refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter, as it can aggravate health problems of ill and injured warriors.
If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, 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 before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be dropped off at either of Smith’s offices or addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The deadline for delivery of cards to the P.O. box is Dec. 6.