After many users of Facebook (including my own friends) were left baffled and utterly infuriated at the news feeds showing highly objectionable content, a new hoax is apparently doing it’s annual rounds on Facebook.
According to the hoax,
When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take ONE CARD and SEND it to this address:
A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001.
If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these soldiers could get to bring up their spirits! Feel free to repost. This is a wonderful thing to do !!
According to Snopes.com
The U.S. Postal Service will not accept mail addressed to "Any Soldier," "Any Wounded Soldier," or the like because if it did, it could be providing a conduit for those who might do harm to armed services members. Such offerings are either returned to sender (if a return address has been provided or if one is found within the package) or donated to charities (if no address for the sender is found). Similarly, military hospitals will not accept letters, cards, or packages addressed in such manner for the same reason. Such beneficences, no matter how kindly meant, are not permitted to reach the soldiers they were intended for.
But there is a legit way to send your greetings to unknown soldiers. It’s called "Holiday Mail for Heroes" and is sponsored through the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes.
You can be a vigilante and spread this message across to fight the hoax.