*UPDATE*: A Million Thanks has currently reached its maximum capacity for holiday letters. We will continue collecting regular thank you cards and letters for the troops in the new year. Thank you for your continued support!
We are asking individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations to write cards, letters, emails, and prayer messages of appreciation for our military, past and present. It is our goal to see that our military – active, reserve, and veterans – receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are injured in hospitals. To get started, read the guidelines below, then find a location nearest you on our Drop-off Location list so your notes of appreciated can be sent to our troops. We recommend that you contact the location via phone or email to be sure they can accept your cards and letters.
We appreciate you including a donation of any size with your letters or through our "Donate" page. A Million Thanks is only able to offer the program through the generous support of people like you! Your donation is tax deductible through our IRS approved 501(c)3 tax ID# 26-0361789.
Due to privacy and security, we do not distribute names or addresses of service members to anyone for any reason. Because we get thousands of letters each week, we ask that you address the letters generically. We cannot send specifically-addressed cards or letters.
- Do not put letters or cards in individual envelopes or include additional postage.
- Send multiple letters together in the same envelope or box, but please bundle the letters in stacks of no more than 50 with rubberbands to keep them together. Bundle the letters or cards in like sizes.
- Do not send edible items or other care package items.
- Do not use glitter, confetti, or anything that is not securely attached to the letter or card.
- Only include positive messages. Any negative messages will be discarded.
- Be creative! Draw pictures, talk about you, and let them know their service does not go unnoticed.
- Include your address or email address if you wish. Most military will write back to you!
- *Attention parents and/or teachers of young children: We ask that if children are too young to include a message of thanks, please write one on their behalf so our service members get a message along with a drawing.
If you would like to send themed cards, we ask that you respect the following deadlines:
1. Thanksgiving cards and letters should be postmarked no later than November 1.
2. Christmas/holiday cards and letters should be postmarked no later than December 1.
3. Valentines cards and letters should be postmarked no later than January 15.
4. Memorial Day themed cards should be postmarked no later than April 15.
5. Fourth of July themed cards should be postmarked no later than June 1.
**If any of the above guidelines and deadlines are not followed, please know your letters may not be sent. Thank you!