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ARC organizes holiday mail for heroes

Bristol, VA — The American Red Cross's annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vets and their families by sending holiday cards.  

Through December 6, people can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.

"Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot," said Felisha McNabb, Executive Director at the Mountain Empire Chapter. "While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference."

People will have an opportunity to sign a card for a hero at the following locations this weekend:

Cumberland Park following the Veterans Day parade in Bristol, VA on Saturday. Look for the Red Cross table and volunteers serving coffee and hot chocolate.

Wal-mart in Bristol, VA on Friday and Saturday from 10am – 2pm

Mistletoe Market at the Higher Ed Center in Abingdon from 9am – 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 11am – 5pm on Sunday

People can also make their own cards and drop them off anytime at these locations by December 2:

Washington County Public Library, Oak Hill Street, Abingdon

Bristol Public Library, Goode Street, Bristol, VA

YMCA on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Bristol, TN

Mountain Empire Chapter at 14298 Lee Highway in Bristol, VA 

People can also send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them no later than December 6 to:

            Holiday Mail for Heroes

            P.O. Box 5456

            Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456


To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter. More information and card requirements can be found at

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through and

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, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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