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A well-meaning friend sent me an email suggesting sending a holiday card to a recovering soldier at Walter Reed hospital. Lovely idea, but a card so addressed wouldn't get to the intended recipient (see why at Snopes.com).  Here's a way to make sure your card does get to a soldier.  (Thanks to moon_happy for the heads-up.)
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From the American Red Cross

Please send cards to this address, following the guidelines listed below:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please follow these simple guidelines when sending your card to ensure it will quickly reach service members, veterans and their families.
  • All cards must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Cards sent after this date will be returned to sender.
  • If sending more than one card, please mail all cards together in one large shipping envelope. Cards sent in this manner do not need individual envelopes or postage.
  • Please ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Please use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”
  • Please do not include personal information, like email or home addresses.
  • Please do not send letters.
  • Please do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, glitter, confetti, gift cards or calling cards. Any items inserted into cards will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • All cards received may be used in program publicity efforts, including appearing in broadcast, print or online mediums.
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This is exactly the sort of thing that expresses the spirit of the season, in my view. I'm getting out a card to send right now.

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