Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday Mail for Heroes

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer -- Saadi.

The days have grown colder and much shorter here in the northeast.  Like Jan Brett's retelling of the Ukrainian folktale The Mitten, the streets of New York City have once again begun filling with visitors from around the world, faces full of wonder and delight at the sights and sounds, colors and smells of the city we love.  

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,  or the winter solstice this month, if you are looking for a way to make a difference in our world today, nothing is more powerful than the single act of the individual.  One easy and so very important way to do this is to send a card to one of our many American service members.  Some of them, veterans in hospitals around the world or people who have just returned from theaters in Afghanistan and Iraq, will receive NO other personal correspondence.  I know this seems impossible (or at least, it did to me),  but the American Red Cross assures us this is true.  

If you click on this link Red Cross you will find an address to send a card, and even a link with a printable card to send.  It's so very easy to do this -- all you need is a stamp for the envelope --really.  Cards must be postmarked by December 10 and will be returned if sent after this time.  Please take a moment now to click and send.  Be the change you want to see and you will make a difference.  I promise that you will feel just a little better for it.


~Barb~ said...

You got it...I'm headed there right now! (And I'm all misty eyed right now thinking about soldiers, OUR soldiers, being alone and lonely...especially at this time of year.) Thank you for sharing.
Peace & Love,

trosekay said...

It seems incredible to me too...I'll send a few cards out tonight. Everyone should have a blessed holiday, especially those who have served our country so bravely! Thank you so sharing!

Tracey said...

I want to personally thank you for writing about Holiday Mail for Heroes. I was involved in this campagin, and on behalf of Pitney Bowes and the Red Cross, I'd like to thank you for your support.

Our original goal was to deliver 1 million cards to service members, military families, and veterans. I'm excited to share that we not only met, but surpassed our goal! We truly could not have been this successful without bloggers (and blog readers!) like you.

The Holiday Mail team created a video to express their gratitude for all those who got involved. You can view it here:

Thanks again for everyone's support!