The personal touch

Talk about a personal touch – the other day I got an email from someone affiliated with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, thanking me for spreading the word.

Not sure if you knew this, but our goal was to collect 1 million holiday cards to send to service members, veterans, and military families.   I’m happy to report that our final count was 1,400,000 cards!  We truly could not have accomplished this without your help.  We are so grateful to you and all of the other bloggers who got involved!

To express our thanks, the Holiday Mail team put together a video for the blogging community. http://blip.tv/file/1643672/

It seems that (unbeknownst to me) they were making an effort to get the word about this spread virally online, and it seems that it worked. Not sure exactly how they were tracking blogs posts on the topic, but it’s really neat that they took the time after the campaign to reach out and say thanks.

This simple gesture says a lot about the folks behind this program (The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes).

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

If you send holiday cards and always seem to wind up with a couple of extras, pop them in the mail to the Red Cross. They’ll be delivered to a wounded soldier or a veteran.

Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

I’ve obviously cut off the guidelines, so go take a quick look at them. Basically, your card must be postmarked by 12/10 and cannot contain any inserts (photos, gift cards) or your contact information.

If you have the resources to do more this year, you can send a calling card or a care package.