The American Red Cross partnered with US Airways and their employee volunteer corps, the Do Crew, to staff tables at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to help passengers write and send notes.
In just one week, travelers signed all 10,000 cards US Airways donated!
The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom will be far from home over the holidays, our nation’s veterans and their families.
“All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make each day in their service to our country,” said Angela A. Broome, CEO of the local Red Cross region. “The American Red Cross serves and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families by providing emergency communications, educational resources, comfort and assistance each day. The Holiday Mail for Heroes program continues in the Red Cross tradition of service to those who serve.”
“US Airways supports the military throughout our local communities and it is important that we let service members know we’re thankful and thinking of them as they serve our country and sacrifice time away from their loved ones,” said US Airways Executive Vice President, People, Communications and Public Affairs, Elise Eberwein. “We’re proud to partner with the American Red Cross to assist passengers who are writing messages to our troops and are grateful to our employees and members of the airlines’ volunteer corps, the Do Crew, that are staffing tables to help support Holiday Mail for Heroes in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington D.C.”
Last year, hundreds of volunteers screened, sorted and packaged cards that were delivered to military bases, veteran and military hospitals across the U.S. and around the world.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 9; cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.
Visit redcross.org/holidaymail for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.