Some include cookies; others send books. But for a special touch on letters to service members in the Persian Gulf, how about sending them via Pony Express?
The 33rd annual Hashknife Pony Express Ride from Holbrook, Ariz., to Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 23-25 will be dedicated to U.S. armed forces personnel serving in Operation Desert Shield.
Any letter addressed to a service member will receive a special "Cachet Stamp," join other mail on the 200-mile Pony Express ride and then be flown directly to the Middle East.
To send mail to servicemen and women in the Army, Air Force and Marines on land, address envelopes to: Any Service Member, Operation Desert Shield, APO, New York, N.Y. 09848-0006.
To send letters to Navy and Marine personnel aboard ships, address envelopes to Any Service Member, Operation Desert Shield, FPO, New York, N.Y. 09866-0006.
Make sure proper postage and a return address appear on the envelope. In the lower left-hand corner write "Via Pony Express."
Place the envelope inside a larger envelope and address the larger envelope to Postmaster, Holbrook, Ariz. 86025-9998. Write on the lower left-hand corner of the large envelope, "Pony Express Mail."
Regular postal rates apply and the Pony Express riders only carry letters. Deadline for all mail earmarked for the Pony Express ride is Jan. 18.
The annual Hashknife Pony Express ride helps gather support for the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse, a horse-mounted search and rescue unit that assists the Navajo County Sheriff.