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How To Send Holiday Cards To US Military Armed Forces Soldiers Stationed Overseas

Updated on November 4, 2013

Let Our Soldiers Know That We Are Thinking About Them This Holiday Season!

It is so easy to send a card or multiple cards to our soldiers serving in other countries. Show them that you care and are thinking of them this Holiday Season by sending them a card!
It is so easy to send a card or multiple cards to our soldiers serving in other countries. Show them that you care and are thinking of them this Holiday Season by sending them a card! | Source

Support Our Troops Overseas!

Send our men and women of the United States Military Holiday Greeting Cards!
Send our men and women of the United States Military Holiday Greeting Cards! | Source

Sending Holiday Cards To Active Duty Soldiers Overseas

I recently received and email from the American Red Cross. I get regular letters from them and I enjoy reading their Newsletter. The Red Cross is always helping people in many communities. The recent email that I received from them was asking me to support the troops by sending them Holiday Cards. You can send individual cards or cards in bulk through the Red Cross. The cards are not addressed to specific persons overseas but are randomly distributed throughout the military.

I always receive cards from other organizations that send them to me and ask for donations. I can't give to every request so I try to combine the free gifts they send me into a charitable cause. By sending the Holiday Cards I have received from other organizations to our Soldiers around the world, I can make a small difference. I guess that this is a form of "re-gifting". I hope you can join me in my cause by sending our service members a card this holiday season!

Peace On Earth! Send A Soldier A Holiday Card Today!

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Why Should You Send Holiday Cards To Our Troops?

There are unlimited reasons that we should support or Troops by sending them Holiday Cards. Here are just a few:

  • Sending our Soldiers Holiday Cards shows that we appreciate them and that we are thinking about them
  • Receiving a gift from a complete stranger is an uplifting and inspiring experience
  • A Holiday Card reminds people of the ones they love
  • Soldiers will connect with the idea that someday they will rejoin their loved ones back at home in the United States
  • Reading cards can help pass the time while soldiers are far from home
  • When the Soldiers protecting the citizens at home feel good, our country as a whole is a safer and better place to live

Remember Our Troops This Holiday Season Especially Those Who Can't Be With Their Families...Send Them A Card!

Have You Ever Sent A Card To An Active Duty Soldier?

Have You Ever Supported Our Troops By Sending Them Holiday Cards?

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Sending Holiday Cards To Our Overseas Soldiers Is Easy!

  • It is inexpensive, thanks to the American Red Cross (ARC)
  • It makes a big difference in Troop Morale, especially during the holiday season
  • It can be Tax Deductible* (check with your local tax codes)
  • You can send unlimited cards in a single mailing* (bulk cards are accepted in a single mailing envelope. You are responsible for mailing to Red Cross, not overseas)
  • Red Cross sends and distributes cards to soldiers overseas after screening
  • United States Soldiers Stationed Overseas Receive Appropriate Cards Wherever They Are Stationed Anywhere In The World!

Support Our Troops This Holiday Season No Matter Where In The World They Are Stationed By Sending Holiday Cards!

No matter what country in the world our soldiers are stationed, the American Red Cross can make sure that your cards get to them for the holidays!
No matter what country in the world our soldiers are stationed, the American Red Cross can make sure that your cards get to them for the holidays! | Source

Send Holiday Cards To Our Troops Today!

Let them know that they are Not Forgotten!
Let them know that they are Not Forgotten! | Source

OK I Get It! I'm In! But How Do I Send Cards?

Sending holiday cards to the men and women of the United States Military and Armed Forces is easy, thanks to the efforts of the American Red Cross and card donors like you! Just follow these simple rules and a soldier somewhere in the world will get a holiday greeting card from you!

  • Every Card sent to the Red Cross is carefully screened for hazardous materials and is reviewed by ARC staff to ensure guideline compliance
  • Every card must be signed
  • Do Not address cards to specific service members; cards are sent randomly by the ARC to the entire Armed Services Community. Individually addressed cards can not be sent through this method and may be discarded.
  • When addressing a soldier in salutation be generic. Consider using, "Dear Service Person" or "Attention Valued Soldier".
  • Personal Letters will not be accepted. Do Not include anything but the card itself. Letters will not be sent and will be discarded.
  • Do not include any personal information in the message (including personal address, email, phone number, etc.)
  • Nothing but the cards themselves can be sent: No letters, photos or any other objects will go through the screening process.
  • Do not use cards that have glitter or other additives as they may not be accepted in the screening process; Keep the cards simple!
  • Do not put cards in individual envelopes. Send cards in a proper shipping box or envelope. This is especially true is sending multiple cards; all envelopes will be discarded.

These rules are easy to follow and by following them you will ensure that the cards are sent to the recipients. These rules are for the safety and ease for both the senders and the American Red Cross as well as the soldiers receiving the cards.

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Send Cards By December 6, 2013 To This Address:

Holiday Mail Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Help Our Troops Enjoy The Holiday Season By Sending Them Holiday Cards!

Did You Send A Card To A Soldier This Year?

How Many Cards Have You Sent To Our Service Members?

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Feel Free To Leave Your Comments and Share How You Support Our Troops During the Holidays!

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      Denise 

      3 years ago

      Can I still send cards to the Red Cross. I have about 4,000 postcards that I have written up from cards that I would like to send

      DNovakovic

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Deborah Fugate: I apologize for the delayed response. My advice would be to send the cards anyway. Whatever the ARC decides to do with them is at their discretion. I bet if they received your batch they would make an exception but I can not verify that. What do you have to loose? At least you tried. Next year try to follow the guidelines exactly and you know you will make a difference. I will send you this message in the email you provided above. Good luck and thanks for making a difference in sharing with our troops during the holidays. Every effort counts!

      JSMatthew~

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      Deborah Fugate 

      4 years ago

      My kids and Grandkids made almost a hundred home made cards for our troops overseas. The problem I have is we took old fashion christmas seens and had them developed with boarders and matte finish to look old. You say no pictures. My Grandbabies glued a picture on the front and back of the construction paper cards. What do we do now? I don't want to have to tell them it was all for nothing. Thanks and please reply soon! My e-mail is. emmaleighngavin@yahoo.com

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      JS Matthew 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again Jo_Goldsmith11! The Red Cross is a great organization that really helps a lot of people, including our armed service men and woman. You are lucky to have a local office near you! I am glad that you plan on making this a tradition as it really makes a big difference in someone's life during such an important time while away from their families. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well and may peace be with you. Shalom!

      JSMatthew~

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      This is so cool! I will be sure to get out all my remaining Christmas Cards tomorrow. I know they will be kind of late. But we have a local Red Cross, I am sure will accept them.

      This is so sweet and wonderful for you to share! I will be sure to start the tradition of doing this for our heroes this year!

      Have a very blessed Christmas JS! Up ++++ shared & tweeted. Shalom, my friend. :-)

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      JS Matthew 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @tillsontitan: Thank you! I appreciate your comments, votes and for sharing!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @suzettenaples: You're welcome! This can be a very lonely time of year for those overseas and the families back at home. It is important to do things like this to let soldiers know we care about them and appreciate their service. Thank you for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Jackie Lynnley: That should work just fine!

      JSMatthew~

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Great J.S. No better way to let our men know we are thinking about them and supporting them. I have also sent cards via the U.S.O.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared as well.

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks for sharing this with all of us. This is important to know for all year round, but especially in the holiday season when so many soldiers are separated from their families during the emotional holiday season. You are so good to remind us what is important to do during this holiday season.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How about "Dear American soldier" sounds less business and cold?

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you Faith Reaper! I can always count on you to keep good ideas going. We need to support our troops and this is a great way to do it during the holidays. I appreciate you sharing your experience and for commenting here and voting. Here's to the people serving overseas!

      May all have a blessed holiday!

      JSMatthew~

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome JS! Yes, let us all remember the soldiers with cards. What a thoughtful hub here in explaining how to appropriately send cards to our soldiers. I remember our church a couple of years ago sent stockings for soldiers, and we included handwritten cards inside, with specific guidelines as you have set out here as what to send and what not to send.

      Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea, which will touch the hearts of many, I pray.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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