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This holiday, send a card to show you care

I spent a good portion of my Thanksgiving weekend signing my name to 30 some Christmas cards, adorned with two adorable sleeping Labrador Retrievers. Since I own a yellow Lab, and consider myself an animal supporter, I purchase my holiday cards through the American Kennel Club. It's my hope that the donation will continue to encourage responsible dog ownership.

In addition to the cards, the AKC provides return address labels and cute holiday stickers to dress up the envelope. But what never fails is the number of cards I have left over - usually up to ten. This year, instead of throwing them away or keeping them for next year, I'm going to send my extra cards to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have been hosting this program for four years and to tell you the truth, I'm sorry I didn't participate sooner. From now, until December 10, you can do the same thing and send un-used or new holiday card to our service men and women. Check out the video on this LINK and tell me if this doesn't encourage you to do the same.

Not sure what to say? How about: "Thank you for serving our country," or "Wishing you the happiest of holidays," or "Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran, Sending warm wishes to you and your family during this holiday season."

You can send as many cards as you like to:

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

I can't wait for someone to open my card and smile. I just wish I could see it for myself.


Photo courtesy of: Blogspot

Servicemen and women aren't the only people in need of cards this holiday. There are plenty of children and seniors in hospitals and assisted living homes that could also use some holiday cheer.

What are some places you like to send your cards to? Share your suggestions for where to send holiday greeting cards. Let's make this season bright for everyone!

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