The Pryor Times

November 24, 2012

Lawmaker collects Christmas cards for troops

— OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Joe Dorman said he is happy to help collect Christmas cards for recovering troops under the care of Fort Sill facilities.

Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said he began his Holiday for Heroes program after hearing from a teacher who had cards returned after their students sent well-wishes addressed to a recovering American soldier at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The hospital would not deliver cards anonymously to patients recovering at the facility. The commanding general at Fort Sill agreed to let the cards from the students be delivered to patients at Reynolds Army Hospital that year, and Dorman’s program has continued on over the years with their permission.

“Please do not believe the e-mail that is circulating that encourages people to send a card directly to an anonymous soldier. Sending cards in that manner will not be delivered. The e-mail is either a hoax or the good intentions of someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs.

“I wanted to ensure those Oklahomans who were making an effort to show their support for troops actually had their cards received by a recovering soldier, so I started this program and every year I take a large bundle of cards to troops in Fort Sill. In the first year, we collected 500 cards. This last year, we collected over 3,000, so the program has grown. We also received 90 handmade stockings from a nursing home in Southeastern Okla-homa. It is wonderful to see such support for these brave men and women.”

Dorman said cards can be sent to:

Holiday for Heroes, c/o Rep Joe Dorman

507 State Capitol Bldg.

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Cards received by Friday, Dec. 21, will be delivered this Christmas. Cards received after that date will be delivered along with next year’s cards.

Cards can be addressed to either a specific recovering individual at Fort Sill or to Dear Service Member.

Cards can also be sent to the American Red Cross program at Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. All cards must be postmarked no later than Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. This deadline ensures enough time to sort and distribute cards before the holidays.

This year there is also an online option, at

Card guidelines:

• Ensure that all cards are signed.

• Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.”

• Do not send letters.

• Do not include email or home addresses on the cards.

• Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos.

• Do not use glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient’s recovery.

• Participants are urged to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If mailing a large quantity, bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope.