Military, Families, Veterans, Remembered by Millions during Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program

Military, Families, Veterans, Remembered by Millions during Red Cross Holiday
                           Mail for Heroes Program

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American public
remembered members of the U.S. military, their families and veterans by
sending in more than 1.2 million cards during the sixth annual Holiday Mail
for Heroes program, a joint initiative of the American Red Cross and Pitney


The holiday cards bearing messages of thanks and gratitude were distributed
all over the world, on military bases and in military hospitals, veteran's
hospitals and to military families in the U.S. and abroad. All across the
country, people from all walks of life sent in cards, remembering the men and
women who serve their country.

This year, nine National Football League teams supported the program by
helping host card-signing events at games and celebrities such as Trace Adkins
supported the campaign. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and
Senate held card signings on Capitol Hill. The first families of Pennsylvania,
Kentucky and Georgia visited military and veterans' hospitals to distribute

"We thank all the generous people who collectively sent in more than a million
cards this year," said Sherri Brown, senior vice president, Service to the
Armed Forces at the Red Cross. "The cards went to people all over the world,
to places far and near, including ships at sea. These expressions of thanks
and cheer make the holidays a little brighter for those who have sacrificed so
much for our country."

The cards went to a special post office box operated by Pitney Bowes, who
screened, packaged and shipped the cards at no charge to Red Cross offices
around the world. Red Cross and Pitney Bowes volunteers helped screen, sort
and deliver the holiday greetings to the military, veterans and their

Holiday Mail for Heroes began in December 2007, when Walter Reed Army Medical
Center in Washington, D.C. approached the Red Cross to assist in distributing
thousands of holiday cards to hospitalized servicemen and women. In response
to this request, the Red Cross partnered with Pitney Bowes to turn the project
into a larger opportunity that could reach members of the military at other
medical facilities in this country and abroad. 

About Pitney Bowes:
Delivering more than 90 years of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software,
hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications
channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is
increasingly helping other companies grow their business through advanced
customer communications management. Pitney Bowes is a $5.4 billion company and
employs 30,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit
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SOURCE American Red Cross

Contact: National Media Team - For Media Only, American Red Cross, , Phone: +1-202-303 5551
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