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Holiday Mail for Heroes, Christmas for our Guys in the Armed Services

Updated on November 16, 2009

Watch the Commercial!

A lot of us like to rant about the quality of TV and the time wasted watching but I happened to catch a commercial that Wal-Mart has a couple of days ago. I was moved by the darn thing and thought "I ought to do something." Then I went on about my business and forgot all about it.

Watch the video now from Youtube. It's only about 30 seconds!

Great Commercial!

Amy Grant

Amy Grant and the American Red Cross

OK, you watched it, right. Now wipe your eyes, blow your nose and read on.

Yesterday I happened to see a spot on Fox News about Amy Grant and the American Red Cross. The "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program is a program that allows us to send Christmas cards to service men and women, veterans, and their families. Those two spots on TV inspired me to create this hub. See TV is not a total waste of time.

(Let me get off on a little rant here. "Holiday for Heroes" is the perfect name for this project except .... you knew there had to be an except, didn't you. It is just too darn politically correct. I like "Christmas for the Courageous" myself! If that offends any of my atheist buddies out there well that is just too bad and you can got to ..........     no wait you don't believe in that either!)

Sending a card is not much but is the least we can do to show our appreciation for the things they do and have done on a daily basis! And frankly I don't know why a person couldn't send several individual cards at the same time. Hey, they got them buy one/get one free at Walgreen's.

It is also allowed and possibly better to make one. Have your kid or grandkid make one. Make it personal, tell them how much you appreciate them. Don't put your own personal info in it. The American Red Cross is checking each card to make sure it is safe and done in the right spirit. There are the nut cases and Scrooges out there, after all.

The address is:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

PO Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

There is a list of guidelines on the American Red Cross web site that is linked below.

You know, regardless of how you feel about the wars we are currently involved in you have to respect an individual who volunteers to put themselves in harms way to protect us. I think we should take a few minutes to put our service people first especially at this time of year. The deadline is December 7th.

As they say "Just do it"!


American Soldier

Red, White and Blue

Where Were You

If You're Reading This

Riding With Private Malone

Home for Christmas

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    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks Wheelinallover. This is an old hub, Christmas before last I think. Thanks for your service.

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      6 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Too bad I found this so late, the holidays are over now. I spent my time last year involved with the Americans treatment of the veterans. My grandfather served in WW 1, my father in WW2 and I in the Viet Nam era. Right after Christmas we as a corporation became involved with active duty soldiers also.

      When I lived or stayed with my father, which was many times throughout my life, his house was always open for those who served in the military. This was friends of his fathers, people he had served with, their children who were in the military, and those who had served with me.

      He actually took in the daughter of a veteran he had served with and raised her as his own.

      I don't see the issues of those serving today as any different from those who served in any war. Being in the military can be a lonely time. Letters from home were always welcome, cards at Christmas were highly prized. It didn't matter who they came from.

      I do know there were volunteers sending cards to those serving in World war two because I saw some which were sent to my father while he was serving in China. He had put them in a box and sent them home.

      The top video no longer works.

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      That is great! It is time to get started, Christmas will be here before you know it. It's already on at Wally World!

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Time to start working on this again. I belong to a church that sends things to the soldiers all the time. A couple of our fellows sons and daughters are over there and we send to them. They pass the stuff out. We send several thousand Christmas cards every year. When they get them, they are passed out one card a day until they are all gone. That way everyone gets at least two for each area we send them to. We also send care packages with hygiene supplies and prepaid calling cards. Then they can call their families.

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the comment, peacenhim. I have to go check out your hubs!

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      peacenhim 

      8 years ago

      Good Work! I'm a fan! Copied and pasted the Red Cross link; tis the Season for giving....and the message of "Hope" and "Getting back to the "heart" of true meaning of Christmas rings through. Thank you!

    • resspenser profile imageAUTHOR

      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Army Infantry Mom,

      Thank you so much for the kind comments. Political correctness has it's place, but doesn't seem to know it's place!

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      8 years ago

      Wow Crazdwriter was right,..This is a great hub,..I just love the way you can talk through your writing, I hadn't seen that commerical gonna download on my youtube playlist and share. As I really like the idea of calling it

      "Christmas for the Courageous" I have been collecting cards for the wounded in Germany myself and on the weekends my kids and their friends get together and make homemade cards,..They love it and their hands never seem to tire,...LOL

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      Ronnie Sowell 

      8 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the comments and the link, Angel.

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      Its Angel 

      8 years ago from Charleston, SC

      all right, tears are running. Besides the fact Toby Kieth is in my top ten favorite singers, he hits it on the nose with these videos.

      theres another group, they send Hero Packages to our guys and gals

      http://www.thankyousoldier.com/

      Great hub

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