How many holiday cards do you write and send each year? 15? 25? 50? More than 50? What’s one more added to that number?
For the second consecutive year, Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (MSB) will be participating in the Red Cross annual event, Holiday Mail for Heroes. The program delivers cards to veterans, military families, and active-duty service members at hospitals and other facilities around the globe. The students in the Professional Communications course, taught by John Daley, information technology program chair at MSB-Blaine, will participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes as a community service project.
Students will create cards, following the guidelines from the American Red Cross (below), and all cards will be sent to Holiday Mail for Heroes for distribution.
“It’s a priority for us to stay connected with military-friendly organizations and this project is a great way to do that,” Daley said. “It’s also a feel-good project, in that it’s the holiday season and this is a non-intrusive way to make another person’s day a little brighter.”
This year, cards will be collected through Friday, December 6. Any cards received after this date are not guaranteed delivery. If you have cards you would like to include in the package, please drop them off at the MSB-Blaine front desk by Monday, December 2.
The card guidelines outlined by the American Red Cross are listed below:
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
- If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
Additional information about this program can be found here.
This holiday season, consider adding one more card to your list. One card can make a big difference.