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Holiday Mail for Heroes mailbox open now through December 6

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve the country, veterans and their families by sending cards this holiday season.

Through Friday, December 6, Americans can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.

“While it may not seem like much, a handwritten note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a word of difference,” said Phil Hansen, regional chapter executive for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.

The Northern Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross will support Holiday Mail for Heroes with a card signing event at the Mall of America on Sunday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Nordstrom Court. Everyone is welcome. Cards will be provided.

For those unable to attend the card signing event, the Red Cross invites the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than December 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glitter.

More information and card requirements can be found at

The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families.

During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.