Supporting American troops this holiday season


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The American Red Cross invites the public to begin sending Holiday Mail for Heroes. Monday marked the start of the 2013 "holiday Mail for Heroes" program, which allows the public to send a holiday card to a service member around the country.

Since 2006 the Red Cross has distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the US Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Last year, the greater Utica area sent 4,000 cards alone and the hope this year is to send more, " Not everyone has a supportive family with them. Although we do have community based military much of our military is deployed far from home and it's a reminder we are thinking about you and appreciate your service and we wish only the best for you. This is our opportunity to spread some holiday cheer," said Edith Buffalohead of the Red Cross.

These cards are more then just a piece of paper to the men and women who fight and have fought for the country. The Service members who receive these cards during the holidays feel the love from back home and all around the country. Buffalohead said, "Not long ago i spoke with a service woman who came back, who was separated from the army and she was alone in a part of Afghanistan. She was brought a card to them on Christmas Eve and that was their christmas and she reached out to me to thank the Red Cross for our support and it meant the world to her to be remembered by those at home."

The public are encouraged to write and send your cards early. The deadline to express your gratitude and best wishes this holiday season is December 6th.

The address to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer is:

Holiday Mail for Heroes,
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Individuals are asked to refrain from sending donations, gifts or from using glitter. For more information, visit

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