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December 20th, 2007

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10:17 am - Please help the Red Cross support wounded soldiers this holiday season

Anyone in the DC area available this Saturday to help???

From: DeCourceyM@usa.redcross.org

To: DeCourceyM@usa.redcross.org

Sent: Wed Dec 19 17:51:52 2007

Subject: Please help the Red Cross support wounded soldiers this holiday season


Friends and colleagues: This is a last minute appeal to ask you to consider volunteering this Saturday December 22 from 9 AM-12 PM at the American Red Cross Headquarters cafeteria to help the Red Cross sort holiday cards. These cards have been sent from all over America and will be delivered to our wounded troops recovering at military hospitals.


We have over 80,000 cards left to be reviewed and with many of our volunteers traveling out of town or otherwise committed; staff here at National HQ are recruiting our friends and colleagues to help process these cards in time for Christmas.


Please see the Fox News story link and the AP article below for more background.


If you are wondering who else is on the bcc distribution, it consists of people I have worked with or socialized with this year in the Washington area, so it’s a safe bet any friends or co-workers we have in common received this email as well.


I’m counting on the holiday spirit, appreciation for our wounded troops and yes… peer pressure… to help accomplish our goal.


Again this Saturday 9 AM-12 PM and if you can only give an hour; that’s great as well. Refreshments will be served.


We are located at 2025 E Street, NW Washington, DC and there is plenty of street parking on Saturday mornings on E Street.


Please consider stopping by, and if you are unavailable, pass this message along to someone who may be free.


RSVP by replying to this email or if you have any questions my phone number is below.


Thank you and happy holidays.

Marc DeCourcey

Senior Director

Federal Relations & Partnerships

Office of Government Relations & Public Policy

Ë American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Office:  202-303-4371


Fox News





Cards to 'Any Wounded Soldier' Won't be Returned


December 18, 2007 - 1:36pm



Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON (AP) - With the help of the American Red Cross, holiday cards addressed to "any wounded soldier" at a military hospital won't have to be returned unopened this year.


The American Red Cross is collecting, reviewing and delivering holiday greeting cards to recovering soldiers who aren't specifically named on the envelope.


Since 2001, it's been the policy of military hospitals to return all pieces of mail that aren't addressed to a particular soldier due to security concerns from the terrorists attacks that year, said Lt. Col. Kevin Arata, spokesman for the Army Human Resources Command.


Since the Red Cross announced its program around Dec. 5, about 35,000 pieces of mail have been sent to the organization that will be distributed to 30 military hospitals across the country, as well as five Red Cross offices in combat zones overseas, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, and a regional military medical center in Germany, said Joe Moffatt, executive director of service to armed forces at the American Red Cross.


This month's program, a partnership through the American Red Cross, Defense Department and a mail and technology service provider, allows soldiers the comfort of a stranger's words, said Army Sgt. Charles Eggleston, who's being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.


"You can get a letter from your brother, mother, sister any day," but a stranger's words offer broader support, said Eggleston, who was hit from a roadside bomb in Iraq. "(The mail) is very important because it's uplifting to know that somebody else is out there thinking about you."


The greeting cards, with adequate postage and a return address, should be sent to: We Support You During Your Recovery!, c/o American Red Cross, P.O. Box 419, Savage, MD 20763-0419.


No packages can be accepted. Red Cross officials are urging the public to have the holiday cards mailed and postmarked no later than Dec. 24.


The program stops after this holiday season, but Red Cross officials say they will evaluate the success of the program to see if it will be continued in coming years.


As the first step in the operation, the mail service provider Pitney Bowes Government Solutions regularly pick ups the mail and screens it for hazardous material. The company then hands it over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers have already sorted through the first batch of mail to ensure its contents are appropriate to send to hospitals. They'll do it again on Dec. 22 and Dec. 29.


After sorting, Pitney Bowes workers bundle and begin shipping the cards to hospitals. Red Cross volunteers and staff will then distribute the cards to the hospitals' wounded soldiers.


In all, the completely volunteer effort could be measured in costs of "tens of thousands of dollars" for Pitney Bowes, said company spokesman Matthew Broder.


The writers include some from universities, military units, girls and boys organizations, elementary schools and corporations, Red Cross officials said. Many cards from schools have notes inside and are made of construction paper with drawings and stickers of American flags. Some cards have menorahs designed on them, others have Christmas trees. But the words stand out the most.


"I'm writing to let you know that I'm thinking about you this holiday season, but also to thank you for serving our country," wrote one 8th grader from Wisconsin.


Eggleston, who returned from Iraq in December 2005, said the cards are especially important for troops who don't have family members around during the holidays.


"The only family they have is the general public, the American people," said Eggleston.

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