Holiday Mail for Heroes-Truth!
Holiday Mail for Heroes -Truth!
Summary of eRumor:A forwarded email suggesting that you include service members and their families on your Christmas card list.
This one is true according to the American Red Cross web site. The American Red Cross announced in November of 2008 that together with Pitney Bowes they plan to to deliver one million cards to service members and families with their “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Click here for Red Cross information
Holiday cards should be addressed and sent no later than December 10, 2008 to:
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
There are many organizations offering encouragement and support to our troops not only during the Christmas Holiday season but all year long. Below are some of them that are genuine and can be trusted to get your letters of support and encouragement to our men and women in the military:
Operation AC is a non profit organization that assist in the sending of supplies and encouragement to our troops all throughout the year. This 2008 Christmas season they announced that they are gearing up for the Holidays with their “Trees for Troops 2008” program. Participants in this program can send donations, letters, supplies and snacks to men and women serving in all branches of the US Military. Participants can actually become pen pals with service members serving overseas. Click here for Operation AC.
America Supports You
America Supports You was a Department of Defense program that began 2004. This program recognize citizen support for our military men and women and helps them communicate that support to the members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. At the time of our initial research there was a website but it has been taken down. Today the DOD has a support site at: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/
The USO has a variety of programs and services that support American service men and women and their families. Click here for the USO site
Posted 11/20/08 Updated 05/27/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Holiday Mail for Heroes From the front lines to the home front, the American Red Cross provides service members, their families and veterans with the care and assistance they need. The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, we’re collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible. Our goal is to collect and distribute one million holiday cards to spread holiday cheer and facilitate thanks to these brave individuals and families. Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below: Holiday Mail for Heroes PO Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456