Hollister, CA - On November 3, 2013 the Hollister Police Department and its volunteers started a campaign called "Hollister Gives Back" (HGB) to support local, state and national needs. HGB's first endeavor will to join the national effort "Holiday Mail for Heroes".
Community members, individuals, groups, schools, churches and businesses in the Hollister /San Benito County area are all asked to help and join in this effort. The programs focus is holiday cards that are distributed to injured service members and veterans.
The public is asked for donations of their extra holiday cards.
Several locations in Hollister have been set up for drop / collection of the holiday cards including the Hollister Police Department, Fire Stations, Animal Shelter and all city offices. The Holliwood store (748 San Benito Street) in downtown Hollister is also a designated drop off location.
Additionally there will be several holiday card "signing" events throughout the next few weeks.
Guidelines for the program are as follows.:
Ensure that all cards are signed.
Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution
All cards will be collected December 2 as they need to be sent out that week.
For more information on this program and future events visit Hollister Gives Back on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Hollistergivesback
There is also a information website here -
Hollister Gives Back is supported by the Hollister Police Department, Hollister Fire Department, City of Hollister, Hollister Police Officers Association, Hollister Fire Fighters Union and Hollister Community Watch.