As we get into the heart of the holiday season, thousands of American soldiers will be serving overseas while we're celebrating the season with our loved ones.

While getting cards during the holidays brightens everyone's day, for a soldier who is on the other side of the world from their family during the holidays, getting cards from back home means even more.

The American Red Cross has been sending letters to service members for years. If you want to send a letter from home right here in New Jersey to a Garden State based soldier, here are the tips that the Red Cross suggests:

  • Address cards to “service member” or “veteran.”
  • Write a note! Keep your message positive and upbeat.
  • Avoid cards containing glitter.
  • Do not enclose any items with your holiday cards. Any items enclosed will be removed.
  • Include your name and where you’re from, but do not include additional personal information such as email, phone number or address.
  • Do not put cards in envelopes. Individual cards in envelopes cannot be accepted.

You can either gather a bunch of cards together and bring them on over to the Jersey Coast office of the Red Cross at 1540 West Park Avenue in Ocean Township, or you can package them all up and send them right to the base at the following address:

American Red Cross
ATTN: Holiday Mail for Heroes
6051 Doughboy Loop
JB MDL, NJ 08640

It's a really simple way to show our gratitude during the holidays to the men and women who have made the sacrifices that come with volunteering to serve in the military.

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