The Red Cross Starts Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

Lynchburg, Va- If you want to let our service men and women fighting overseas know you're thinking of them this holiday, send them a card.

The American Red Cross has started a program called "Holiday Mail for Heroes."

You have until December 2nd to get your cards turned in.

Nathan Wittkamp, the executive director of the Red Cross, knows firsthand how much this means.{}He's hand-delivered them before.

"You just wouldn't believe what a simple note of thanks and Merry Christmas does for a lot of these service members that have are overseas for the first time," said Wittkamp.

There are many rules to follow to make sure everything gets overseas safely.

-Always be sure the cards are signed.

-Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member"

-Only cards are accepted. Do not send or include letters

-Do not include email or home addresses with the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen-pal relationships.

- Do not include inserts of any kind- they will be removed during that reviewing process.

-Refrain from using cards with glitter- this could aggravate ill and injured warriors.

- If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in a large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope as envelopes will be removed from cards before distribution.

Drop your cards off by December 2nd at the Red Cross Historic Virginia Chapter at 1007 Sheffield Drive in Lynchburg.{}