Send Some Holiday Mail to Our Heroes!

This holiday week, the American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region encourages members of the community to give thanks by sending a card of support to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Whether handmade or purchased, simple words of gratitude carry a great deal of meaning for the men and women who serve our country, especially when deployments or hospital stays keep them far from home.

“Taking just a few minutes to sit down with pen in hand and express our appreciation for the service of these brave men and women is a meaningful way to celebrate the holidays,” said Jeremy Gentile, Regional Service to the Armed Forces Director. “Since 2006, we’ve distributed more than 4.7 million cards to members of the Armed Forces, and we hope members of our community will help us continue this tradition.”

This year the American Red Cross, Florida’s Southern Gulf Region will be partnering with IBERIABANK to make sending holiday cards to our troops even easier. At IBERIABANK locations in Collier, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, and Sarasota Counties locals can stop in and fill out a greeting card to be sent to our Heroes that are away this holiday season.

For anyone sending Holiday cards on their own please send your greetings to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Pitney Bowes scans the cards to ensure safety and security, and Red Cross volunteers then sort and deliver them to service members, veterans and their families across the country and around the world.

Cards must be postmarked by Friday, December 7; the Red Cross cannot guarantee delivery of any cards after this date. For a full list of program guidelines, visit redcross.org/holidaymail.

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

The public can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holiday mail.

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