This message advises recipients that they can send Christmas cards addressed to
“A Recovering American Soldier” care of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
While this might seem like a good way to show support for wounded soldiers, the information in the message is incorrect. (See Example Below) Cards sent to “A Recovering American soldier” or similar will not be accepted by Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In fact, the original Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed down in 2011. The facility was reborn as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is now located in Bethesda.
Subject: FW: Christmas Cards
GREAT IDEA!! When doing your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following: A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Here Is The Real Deal
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. They support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.
2016 Holiday Card Guidelines
Ensure that all cards are signed and include a short message
- Write heartfelt sentiments, keep messages positive and upbeat – Please remember cards will be delivered LOCALLY, do not include “come home safe” or “get well” messaging
- Make cards more meaningful to a wide variety of recipients by using “Dear Hero” rather than any more specific language. Note: Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
- Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution
Give personal information such as home or email addresses
- Use lots of glitter as it could aggravate existing health issues of wounded, ill or injured recipients
- Include inserts of any kind (they will be removed during the sorting process)
Mail cards to:
American Red Cross
158 Brooklawn Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
All cards must be posted by Friday, December 2,, 2016 to be included in this year’s deliveries.
Please note, due to the volume of cards received, we are unable to provide individual acknowledgements of your donation.