Merry Mail Social 2020

Oh, what fun it is to craft a card and send a smile – this year, virtually!

The holiday season is upon us, and for our fifth annual Merry Mail Social, we’re bringing you a virtual experience to protect you and your loved ones while spreading holiday cheer through the joy of merry mail.

Last year, we crafted a record 364 holiday cards for Operation Gratitude, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and Sunrise Senior Living (Bedford Court). This year, we need you to roll up your sleeves and help us top it from home! Join us from the comfort of your home in crafting handmade holiday cards and spreading much-needed cheer during the holiday season.

Here’s how to participate in this year’s Merry Mail Social:

  1. Request a card-crafting kit to be mailed to you OR download our digital kits to print at home.
  2. Pick an organization from the list below to receive your handcrafted holiday cards. Create your cards with them in mind.
  3. Craft your cards at home and pay special attention to our card-crafting guidelines for each organization below.
  4. Share your creations! Post a picture on social media and tag #MerryMailSocial for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card – it’s our way of saying thanks for participating this year!
  5. Mail your holiday card(s) to the organization of your choice at the address indicated below.
  6. Repeat as often as you’d like— the more, the merrier! The deadline to mail cards is December 7th.

Thank you for taking part in this year’s #MerryMailSocial to spread joy this holiday season!

Merry Mail Materials

Request a Card-Crafting Kit to be Mailed to You

We have limited availability for the mailed card-crafting kits. They will be sent on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two kits per household. Each kit includes a blank card to decorate, card embellishments, stickers, and special offers from our sponsors!

Request Card-Crafting Kit

Download Card-Crafting Kits to Print at Home

We have designed two card-crafting kits for you to use to create your holiday cards. Simply download, print, and get to crafting!

Download Kid-Friendly Kit Download General Kit
Merry Mail Social Cards

Who the Merry Mail Social Supports

Operation Gratitude

Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000+ individually addressed care packages to the United States military deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruits, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Caregivers.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Cards for Hospitalized Kids has sent cards to more than 14,000 kids in more than 150 hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide.

Sunrise Senior Living

An operator of assisted living and other houses for senior citizens. Sunrise Senior Living operates over 320 assisted living facilities around the world. The Merry Mail Social benefits the Bedford Court location in Silver Spring, MD.

Card-Crafting Guidelines

General Guidelines

Need some inspiration? Use generic greetings like:

  • “Happy Holidays”
  • “Winter Wishes”
  • “Wishing you joy this holiday season”
  • “Wishing you joy this winter season”
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

Other guidelines to follow:
Please note: If these guidelines are not followed, the cards may not be distributed.

  • Sign only your first name at the end of the card
  • Do not include any specific personal information such as phone number, address, email address etc.
  • Do not include any religious statements or greetings
  • Do not seal individual cards into individual envelopes

Operation Gratitude Guidelines

  • Must use 8 ½” x 11” paper with clean and flat designs (do not fold your cards)
  • Please craft and write only winter-themed cards
  • No holiday-specific cards
  • Address cards with greetings like “Dear Hero,” “Dear Soldier,” “Dear Patriot,” “Dear Brave One,” “Dear Service Member,” “Dear Warrior,” or “Dear Veteran.”

Cards for Hospitalized Kids Guidelines

  • If addressing the card, use greetings like “Hey there,” “Hey you!” or “To: a very special person”
  • Use phrases like: “stay strong,” “you are awesome,” “never forget how amazing YOU are,” “you rock,” “I hope you have a great day today,” “you shine brighter than the sun,” “you inspire me,” “be brave,” “I believe in YOU” along with generic holiday messages
  • Do not include religious phrasing like: “God Bless” or “I’m praying for you”
  • Remember to craft these messages to focus on the child as a whole, rather than their illness

Sunrise Senior Living Guidelines

  • Use winter-generic phrases like “happy holidays” and “winter wishes”
  • Remember to craft these messages to focus on the residents as people, rather than their age

Sign, Seal, and Send your Merry Mail!

Pack up your holiday cards into an envelope or box and send your cards to each organization’s address listed below. Please do not individually seal holiday cards as they need to be screened before they are delivered.

Operation Gratitude

Fill out a donation form, then ship to the address below:

Operation Gratitude
9409 Owensmouth Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

For more shipping information, view Operation Gratitude’s shipping guide.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Cards for Hospitalized Kids
7290 W. Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Sunrise Senior Living

Sunrise Senior Living Bedford Court
Attention: Elizabeth Glazer
3700 International Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Merry Mail Social Cards

Thank you for joining us in crafting a card and sending a smile from the safety and comfort of your home during this difficult time! Your cards will mean that much more to those who aren’t able to be with loved ones during the holiday season.

Remember to tag #MerryMailSocial to share your creations with us on social media and to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!


  1. Why the December 7th deadline?
    The cards need to be screened by each organization before they are distributed. The December 7th deadline allows enough time for recipients to receive their handcrafted cards in time for the holidays.
  2. Can I craft more than one card for multiple organizations?
    Yes! We encourage you to! Simply send all cards together to each respective organization. You can send one card or 20 – the sky’s the limit!
  3. Can I earn student service learning hours for crafting cards?
    Yes! You can receive service hours for crafting cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids. Please email for more information.

A Look Back: 2019 Merry Mail Social Highlights

Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

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