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Pay It Forward to our Heroes!

Pay It Forward to our Heroes with a Holiday card this year.

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are sponsoring Holiday Card program for the fourth year. 

Holiday Mail For Heroes. If you would like to send a card to a soldier you need to get it in the mail by

December 10, 2010!    There are some rules so read on!


                               Soldiers getting mail


  • Include your heartfelt sentiments and sign all cards
  • Entitle cards with generic terms such as “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran”
  • Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
  • Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes


  • Send letters, care packages or monetary gifts
  • Include personal information such as home or email addresses
  • Use glitter – excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
  • Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process

Directly from the Red Cross site..... take the following action!


"Holiday Mail For Heroes is back for a fourth year! The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will collect holiday cards from regular citizens all across the country and distribute them to service members, veterans, and their families. Many active service members must spend the holidays apart from their family. Give back this holiday season by sending a card to thank those who have given a great deal to their country.

Send cards to the address below, and please read the guidelines carefully!

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD

All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 10th. Cards postmarked after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.

After the mailbox closes, the cards we received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.

Learn more about the screening process here .[VIDEO]"


What a loving way to start off the Holiday Season, thinking of others and doing one small act of kindness to make a difference and show your appreciation in writing for what our heroes are doing!

The love you express does make a difference! 

We all have time to share this with customers, family and friends!  Let's do it... tweet, fb and blog!

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Comment balloon 20 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • December 06 2010 03:45AM


This is a great program Carra. The hardest time for the military is during the holidays and hopefully this brings some cheer.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Very nice!  My daughter had just forwarded the same information to me.  Her husband was in the military and told how much these cards are appreciated. 

Thanks for posting :-)

Posted by Donna Rattee, Turning Dreams Into Reality (Coco, Early & Associates) almost 10 years ago

Good Morning, Carra, Thank you for reminding us of our men and women who are in harms way this holiday season to protect our way of life.

Posted by Arleen Montford, Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST ) almost 10 years ago

Cara ~  Glad you posted this -- CA is a Soldier's Angel and is constantly talking about the need to send cards and notes of encouragement and appreciation.  Had to lean on the button . . .

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago

I sent off my stack of cards last week.  Any little bit that can touch our soliders during the holidays and let them know we appreciate thier service is #1 on my list of things to do.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for posting this!  I'm doing my Christmas cards this evening and I'll make sure to include our wonderful soldiers!!

Posted by Emmary Simpson, Serving Las Cruces, NM (Las Cruces Homes and Land) almost 10 years ago

Ellie ~  Being able to support our troops in a small way is a something everyone can do.

Donna ~  It is great to know from someone who is there, this is helpful!

Tish ~  so happy you leaned... thank you and a few more cards will be sent I am sure!

Cindy ~ You are such a good example to all of us!  Thank you for all you do to support our men and women in the service!

Emmary ~  Great to hear.. I invited my neighbor over and she sent some today too!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Carra, it's amazing how a little thing like a few kind words in the mail can brighten a day in a soldiers life.  When I was in the Marines, I even enjoyed getting mail from people I didn't like.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 10 years ago

Nick~  How great to hear from a former Marine the importance of sharing our sentiments... Thank you Nick for your service to our country!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Howdy and morning to you Carra

I've been taking part in this program since it started. Plus I send care packages to a few units, on my own. Thank you mighty kindly, for putting this here mighty fine blog post out.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

Hi Carra, a local radio station was saying the same thing this morning with just 3 short days left to get it done.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 10 years ago


How nice of you to remind folks.  So many things need to be done and sent in the first third of December of they won't reach their destinations!

Judi in Southeast Oklahoma

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 10 years ago

This is such a great program.  Definitely a great way to send a little bit of home to all those serving over seas. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

Dale ~  I am hoping that everyone will put this on their list to do with family, friends and clients every year... still time till Friday!

Ed ~  Great to hear the BUZZ is having an effect.

Judi ~  Good to get things done to have balance through the season.

Debra ~  I am teaching a real estate class on planning, Friday in Prescott, Arizona and have cards for anyone wanting to get in on the last day...  Next year, I think having an event at a real estate office where a company could combine several causes... bring cans of food, bring toys for tots.... pictures with santa.. etc.. AND the company provide Holiday Cards to send at the same time would really be a win/win for everyone!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

What a great idea!!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 10 years ago

Carra ~ Well, I missed out on this one.  Day late, Dollar short these days.  Been really busy and just got back from RainCamp Atlanta!

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 10 years ago

Debra ~  Glad you agree.. I am working on a post with ideas for 2011.... from the Survival class I just taught! 

June ~  Next year.. how was Rain Camp?

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago

Carra ~ this is valuable information and an excellent program for the wonderful folks who allow us to keep our freedoms.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

Hey Carra ~ Thanks for the information.  I'll pass it along.  Happy Holidays.

Posted by Ken Speer (Alpha Global Associates) almost 10 years ago

Dawn ~ We are all protected because of these great men and women!

Ken ~  Thanks.. they will appreicate the cards!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 10 years ago