We are extending our visit in Indianapolis for a little longer to take care of more medical appointments and such. There’s a silver lining in that change of plans, -- these times with friends and family in Indy are always good for the soul. And, of course, we were sure there was still plenty of time before the snow and temperatures in the teens arrive, right?….oh no, here they are. It hit us three days ago, first snow, then the plunging temps. Apparently, this cold snap is tormenting most of the country. Oh well, we have the heaters cranked up and the cabinet doors open and are crossing our fingers. So far everything is fine. Actually, we have a beautiful scene out our picture window. This is an appropriate time for me to start writing our Christmas letter. As I got involved in looking over the past year and digging out the address list on the computer, somehow I ended up at YouTube watching these videos on “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” Don’t even remember how that happened. But anyway, it struck me that I should be sure to include a few of our heroes on my list. And before I knew it, I’d decided to pass along the tributes and information here on Hurley Travels. I can’t imagine any one of the troops who doesn’t deserve our thanks and good wishes. Below are some links to videos that are sure to get your attention, if not a few tears.
And here’s some more information from the Pitney Bowes site (www.pb.com) on participating in the program.
Dec 6, 2010
Remember to Send "Holiday Mail for Heroes" Greetings to U.S. Military Members, Veterans and their Families by December 10
WASHINGTON, December 06, 2010 - For the fourth year in a row, Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) and the American Red Cross are collecting cards from the public to distribute to U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families across the country and abroad this holiday season. However, the December 10 deadline for cards is approaching fast.
“During the past three years, Americans helped send three million cards to our service members and veterans through Holiday Mail for Heroes, and we are expecting another high volume of cards this year due to positive response,” said Vicki O’Meara, executive vice president and president of Pitney Bowes Management Services. “To help make sure there is enough time to process, sort and deliver cards before the holidays, we are encouraging the public to send their greetings for the campaign by December 10.”
“There are currently 1.4 million active duty service members, and tens of thousands of will find themselves away from home during this holiday season,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces at the American Red Cross. “Through Holiday Mail for Heroes, Americans can help send a touch of home to our men and women in uniform, their families and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans.”
To participate in the campaign, the public can send holiday cards with personal messages to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456