The American Red Cross has started its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which invites people to send holiday cards to our troops overseas.

People can create and send cards to service members around the world and veterans from now until December 6. You can send messages of appreciation and holiday cheer my mailing them to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The cards must be postmarked no later than December 6 to make sure they are delivered on time. If you are going to send a letter the American Red Cross asks you to avoid sending letters, money, or other kinds of inserts with the cards. People are also asked to avoid using glitter. Click here for more information: http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes.

Here is the news release from the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross kicked off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program on Monday and invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vets and their families by sending holiday cards.

Starting today and going through December 6, people can create and send cards to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world.

“Everyone gets busy, especially around the holidays, so just a few moments can mean a lot,” said Nathan Wittkamp, Executive Director at the Historic Virginia Chapter. “While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference.”

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 redcross.org/holidaymail.

Red Cross volunteers across the United States and on military installations overseas sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.

The Red Cross also invites the public to share photos and videos of their card signing efforts or their holiday greeting for troops by using the hashtag #HolidayMail on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The Red Cross will use the material on its social sites throughout the holiday season. The public also can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross.

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 at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.