Holiday Greetings for Our Veterans

When writing holiday greetings to friends and family this year, take one card and send it to the address below.  If everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful people who have sacrificed so much would receive!

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456

Capitol Heights, MD  20791-5456

If you are visiting Orchard House in the near future, you may instead create

and leave a thank you/get well card that will be collected and given to

Hanscom Air Force Base for distribution after February

Holiday Mail is coordinated by the American Red Cross.  Please read these guidelines carefully or refer to their website for further information.

How Holiday Mail works

The Red Cross has established an extensive process to ensure all cards sent to our service members are safe and arrive in time for the holidays.  Holiday cards will be collected through the unique P.O. Box address above through Monday, December 7th (cards received after this date will be returned to sender).

Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and distributed to participating Red Cross chapters nationwide.  Once the cards arrive at the Red Cross chapters, they are sorted and reviewed by volunteers who then distribute them to service members, their families, and veterans in communities across the country.

When preparing holiday greetings, do ...

  • Sign all cards
  • Entitle cards “Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran”
  • Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
  • Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (there is no need to include individual envelopes and postage for cards)

don’t ...

  • Send letters
  • Include personal information such as home or e-mail addresses
  • Use glitter (excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients)
  • Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process


Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
399 Lexington Road     PO Box 343
Concord, MA  01742

Phone:  978.369.4118
General Fax:  978.369.1367

Museum Store Fax:  978.369.9611


Jan Turnquist, Executive Director

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