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GAB: Holiday Mail for Heroes kick-off is Tuesday

Holiday Mail for Heroes kick-off set for Tuesday

The American Red Cross is officially kicking off its 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program Tuesday.

The initiative is a way for the public to send words of inspiration, thanks and encouragement to military heroes.

“This marks the seventh year of the Red Cross national Holiday Mail for Heroes program and our goal is to raise its profile and broaden its reach,” Terri Badour Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross, said in a news release. “We’re inviting all Georgians to give something that truly means something by sharing their appreciation for our military families with words of holiday cheer sent through the Red Cross.”

Holiday cards should be addressed “Dear Service Member, Veteran, or Military Family” because those cards can be shared with anyone in the military community. Avoid buying or making cards with glitter, as glitter can aggravate health issues for the wounded or ill. Items such as letters, photos or gift cards won’t make it through the screening and sorting process — the Red Cross asks that the public not send anything but the card itself.

If you wish to send a large quantity of cards, skip the individual envelopes and place your cards in a big mailing envelope or flat-rate postal shipping box.

To ensure cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 6.

Mail cards, postage required, to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes

P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

For a full list of program guidelines, visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail.

Grocery store customers support breast cancer fight

Kroger customers and associates throughout the Atlanta Division donated more than $469,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and more than $247,000 to Kroger’s “Giving Hope a Hand” campaign, for a total of $716,000 — surpassing the Division’s $450,000 goal by more than $266,000.

The fundraising campaign ran from Oct. 6 through 31 and gave customers the opportunity to purchase pink paper ribbons for $1 at checkout.

“Thanks to the help of our generous customers and associates, we are one step closer to finding a cure for the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year,” Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger’s Atlanta Division said in a news release. “We are committed to raising awareness and support for this important cause.”

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