Last, year I heard about this awesome program run by the American Red Cross in which ordinary folks (like me) could send holiday cards to soldiers overseas. Unfortunately, I heard about it too late in the season last year, and I missed the program's deadline. So this year, I am not letting this opportunity pass me by.

Here are the details:

The American Red Cross collects holiday cards from people all across the country and distributes them to service members, veterans and their families. It's a great way to say thank you to service members who are far away from their own families for the holiday season.

To participate, send cards to the following address:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD

Be sure to follow the Red Cross' list of specific dos and don'ts — such as don't use glitter and do bundle cards together in one large envelope. All cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10. Cards postmarked after this date will unfortunately be returned to the sender. This deadline ensures enough time for the Red Cross to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.

My Girl Scout troop will be working on this project over the course of the next week. It's a great way for the girls to honor their own relatives serving overseas and for them to get a better understanding of the Veteran's Day holiday that is right around the corner.

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