Troops and veterans around the world received a bit of holiday cheer thanks to the American Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes Program.
People around the country mailed holiday cards to military bases, military hospitals, veterans hospitals, and military families around the world. Nine NFL teams and members of the United States Congress also helped by hosting card signings at games and on Capitol Hill.
"We thank all the generous people who collectively sent in more than a million cards this year," Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces at the Red Cross, Sherri Brown said. "The cards went to people all over the world, to places far and near, including ships at sea. These expressions of thanks and cheer make the holidays a little brighter for those who have sacrificed so much for our country."
Pitney Bowes operated the special post office box the cards were sent to, and also screened, packaged, and shipped the cards at no cost to Red Cross offices.