American Red Cross urges residents to send Season’s Greetings to Military heroes

“Holiday Mail for Heroes” mailbox open through December 7DUBOIS - Although many people spend the holiday season in the company of close relatives and friends, many of the nation’s heroes can not do the same. While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many service men and women away from their loved ones this season, the American Red Cross is doing its part to keep their holiday spirits high. The Red Cross will collect and distribute holiday cards that send words of encouragement, joy and cheer.Between October 1 and December 7, local residents can give something that truly means something by sending a holiday thank you card to show support for the members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. “The holiday season is the season of giving, it is the perfect time to give our appreciation and cheer to the military heroes,” said Patricia Waldinger, Chief Executive Officer at the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania. “All you need is a piece of paper and a pen to say thanks, we will do the rest.”The Red Cross is inviting the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until December 7 by mailing them to:Holiday Mail for HeroesP.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456When the mail is sent, Red Cross partner Pitney Bowes Inc. receives the cards and then screens them for hazardous material. Then, Red Cross volunteers from across the country sort and deliver the cards to military hospitals, military bases and veteran organizations. Since the program launched in 2006, Holiday Mail for Heroes has sent nearly 5 million cards to members in the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families. The Red Cross relies on the support of American people to provide services to the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people can support the Red Cross by making a financial donation at or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. For more information, visit