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November 7, 2012

Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes

PRINCETON — During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support the Red Cross mission by giving hope to those in need. In that spirit, the Red Cross is holding its annual Holiday Giving Campaign.  People can support Red Cross services by making a financial donation, giving blood, or signing a holiday card for a member of the Armed Forces.

• Holiday Mail for Heroes - The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will be collecting and distributing cards to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families for the holiday season. Send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until Dec. 7 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. The public is asked to refrain from sending “care packages ,”monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are on the Red Cross web site

• Holiday Giving Catalog - The Red Cross offers its 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog, through which people can support Red Cross programs by purchasing a variety of symbolic gifts. Shoppers can buy food and shelter for a disaster victim, phone cards for members of the military, vaccinations for an entire village and many other gift ideas. Catalog purchases come with greeting cards shoppers can send to a friend or loved one, letting them know a donation has been made in their name. The purchase of each gift item is a tax-deductible contribution and provides support to the mission of the Red Cross. The catalog gifts are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item.

• Give Blood - Giving blood this holiday season will spread hope as well. As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of hospital patients. During the holiday season, it is very difficult to collect enough blood for those who need it. People get busy with their holiday preparations and celebrations and giving blood is not a priority. The Red Cross asks those who are able to please give blood during the 2012 holiday season.

To schedule a blood donation or for more information regarding any of the Red Cross holiday programs, call 1-800-RED CROSS 1-800-733-2767 or visit


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