Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Christmas Cards to Wounded Soldiers
All right, I warned you, you're going to get some "off the cranium walls" stuff this evening.
This is information that I would definitely like to be spread around. I received an e-mail asking me to "Include a recovering soldier" in my Christmas card mailings.
Please be aware that there's a bit of a problem with this. Although I am FULLY behind showing our appreciation to our troops, as you've probably guessed by now, the idea of sending a card or letter to an "Any Soldier" address doesn't work any more.
That dastardly word "Security" unfortunately rears its homely noggin. Any cards or letters sent to Military Hospitals without the specific name of the intended recipient will be either returned to sender or given to charity......
For the uninitiated, think of the "Nasties" that can go in an envelope nowadays. Horrible thought during these Holy Holidays, I know, but the "Enemy" thinks "Horribly"
There is a way around.....bad choice of words, but I don't edit, remember....this untenable situation. You want to......I repeat, You Want To.....send a card or letter of well wishes to a wounded Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.
Here's how you do it. I found it on the Business Wire:
"With the support of the Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and with help from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect, review and disseminate holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel. For security reasons, the Red Cross will only be able to accept holiday cards, not packages. Red Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards to be shipped by Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at military medical facilities will distribute the cards to patients and their families in time for the holidays."
Address your Cards or Letters to:
We Support You During Your Recovery! c/o American Red Cross PO Box 419 Savage, MD 20763-0419
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.
Hmmmmm, a Non Government, Non Profit Organisation, teaming up with a Mega Million, Eeeevil Corporation, with the approval of the United States Government and it's Military Arm.......team up together to allow a little bit of Holiday Joy to be shared with Men and Women who Voluntarily took up arms in what They considered defense of You and Ol' Wollf.
Remember what Wollf said, "You Want To Do This". One card from each of my Loyal Readers.......Hell, we'll have Three or Four in no time.
They add up. Don't do this for me. Don't even do this for Them if you disagree.
Do this for You, be Selfish for once. Buy yourself a box of Love and Support, get some stamps, fill 'em out with your Families and show that you're a (capital "H")Human Being.
Get them mailed so they get there by 27 DEC 07. I've got the male Cubs tomorrow night. I've got a box of cards. We're going to have a good time, and they're going to understand exactly what they're doing.
I'm ADD and a "little" down for this first Bachelor Christmas.
What's your excuse?
That is all.
Merry Christmas and Chanukah Sameach