Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross Host Holiday Mail for Heroes Card Signing Event in Hartford
Campaign Delivers Greetings to U.S. Military Members and Veterans
HARTFORD, Conn., December 01, 2009 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a Holiday Mail for Heroes card signing event today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign is a joint effort of Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross to “send a touch of home” to United States service members and veterans across the country and abroad. Last year the program received more than 1.4 million holiday cards for military men and women, their families and veterans.
“The holidays are a time of reflection on the important things in life and the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign helps American citizens send an important message to our troops: that we’re thankful for the sacrifices they make to serve our country,” said Jon Love, president, Pitney Bowes Government Solutions.
“We are proud to collaborate with Pitney Bowes on this important program,” said Dianne Auger, president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The American Red Cross has provided aid and comfort to military families since its inception, and this program is a vital extension of that work.”
“The Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign is a testament to how much people care for the men and women serving our nation,” said Maj. Charles K. Jaworski Jr, Connecticut National Guard spokesman. “It is important for those serving far from home to get the support and comfort of a card during the holidays.”
For the campaign, Pitney Bowes and the Red Cross work together to screen, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations in the U.S. and abroad during the holidays. The public can participate in the campaign by sending a holiday card with a personal message to a special post office box by Monday, December 7.
|Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:|
|Holiday Mail for Heroes|
|P.O. Box 5456|
|Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.|
Pitney Bowes is providing all security screening, packaging and shipping at no charge, as well as organizing thousands of employee volunteer hours around the country for the campaign. The American Red Cross has enlisted more than 300 participating chapters nationwide to sort and deliver greetings to military and veteran’s hospitals and military bases in December.
For more information and card requirements, please visit www.redcross.org/holidaymail.
Pitney Bowes and the American Red Cross encourage Americans to use social media to spread the word and encourage more card-writing. Additional ways to become involved with the campaign include connecting with fellow card senders through Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcross and Twitter at www.twitter.com/redcross and the #holidaymail hashtag.
About Pitney Bowes:
Pitney Bowes is a $6.3 billion global technology leader whose products, services and solutions deliver value within the mailstream and beyond. Founded in 1920, our company's 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. For more information about Pitney Bowes, its products, services and solutions, visit www.pb.com.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join its blog at http://blog.redcross.org.