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What do healthy lungs, healthy air, and Santa Claus have in common? They are all part of the 2017 Christmas Seals Merchandise campaign.
The History of Christmas Seals all began in 1907 when tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the U.S. Physicians were experiencing the first signs of success treating tuberculosis in special hospitals called sanitoriums, and one of those facilities had fallen on tough times. The tiny Delaware sanitorium would have to close its doors if $300 could not be raised to save it. One of its doctors explained the plight to his cousin, a volunteer named Emily Bissell. Bissell was a veteran fundraiser, and she soon came up with a plan based on one that had worked in Denmark: She would design and print special holiday seals and sell them at the post office for a penny each.
By the end of her holiday campaign (and after an endorsement by President Roosevelt), she and a large group of committed volunteers had raised ten times the goal and the American Lung Association Christmas Seals were born.
Each year, millions observe the tradition of sealing holiday cards and packages with that year's special seal. Sign up to receive free 2017 Christmas seals in the mail. Your support helps raise awareness about the importance of lung health.
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- United States