Today, I’m thankful for the job of a soldier. They sacrifice more than we know to protect our country and give up so much. They leave their families, miss their babies being born or growing up, and put their life on the line. While all of this is hard on a soldier, the toll that it takes on their family is equally as tough.
We are friends with P. He is in the Army and currently fighting for our country overseas. He has been gone since the summer and won’t be returning until later next year. His wife and his soon to be 2 year-old daughter are left here stateside. They face the struggles of living without P daily.
K, P’s wife, is a superwoman in my book. She never complains about the situation and handles it all with the greatest of ease. She is raising an intelligent and beautiful little girl, who I know P can’t wait to get home to see.
I can’t imagine going through the upcoming holidays – for both the solider and the family. That’s why this holiday season, I’m asking for everyone’s help. While you are filling out your Christmas cards, please consider sending one or two…or more, to a service member. Letting them know we care and are thankful for the sacrifice they make each and every day, but especially during the holiday season.
You can do so by sending them to the address below:
Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute
them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations.
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not 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.
The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is December 6th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.
Thank you in advance for making someone else’s day!
I’m linking up with Kenzie over at Chasing Happy for the month of November.
Be sure to stop by and check it out!