Send a Valentine to Our Troops

Posted by on January 6, 2013

National Handwriting Day is coming up on January 23, but get out those pens now to write a note of thanks or send a Valentine’s Day wish to U.S. troops. The non-profit group forwards cards, notes, letters and even emails to military personnel serving at home and abroad, or who may be injured in hospitals.

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The deadline for Valentine messages is January 15.

Founded in 2004 by a high school freshman, A Million Thanks quickly reached its goal of sending a million cards to military service members, and to date has sent more than 5 million messages.

Anyone can write a message of thanks and appreciation for the troops’ military service. There are a few rules, though, such as no confetti or glitter, and no negative messages. A complete list of guidelines, as well as sample messages, may be found on the organization’s website.

Take your completed notes to a local drop-off center (click here for locations), or bundle your cards and notes in stacks of 50 and mail them to:

A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

The group accepts cards, notes and letters all year, but there are deadlines for holidays. Here’s a complete list:

  • Valentines cards and letters: postmarked no later than January 15. 
  • Memorial Day themed cards: postmarked no later than April 15.
  • Fourth of July themed cards: postmarked no later than June 1. 
  • Thanksgiving cards and letters: postmarked no later than November 1.
  • Christmas/holiday cards and letters: postmarked no later than December 1.

This is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for our military personnel, and is a good activity for schools, church groups, families and individuals alike. If you know a service member who would like to receive mail, submit his or her address to