Tis the season for an ever-popular holiday tradition, the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals. First issued in 1907, these holiday stickers can spruce up any holiday card or package. More than 100 years ago, the ALA used money raised through the sale of Christmas Seals to combat tuberculosis. Today, however, the Christmas Seal funds help the American Lung Association battle lung cancer, asthma, influenza, tobacco use, air pollution and more.
Because these tiny labels have had such a huge impact in the battle against lung disease, Christmas Seals have earned the title: “The Little Sticker that Could.” This name certainly seems appropriate. The seals make packages appear more festive and help improve the lives of those diagnosed with lung disease.
“These stickers truly symbolize the holiday spirit,” says Jay Wildt, American Lung Association in West Virginia’s leadership board chair. “I always feel good purchasing Christmas Seals because I know I am contributing to an important cause. And we all know that giving is what Christmas is really all about. The seals bring a smile to my face, and, hopefully, they are sending smiles to every person with lung disease that somehow benefits from the Christmas Seals campaign.”
Those who would like to support the American Lung Association can purchase this year’s Christmas Seal online. Each Christmas Seal purchase helps the American Lung Association fight lung disease nationwide.
For more information on Christmas Seals, please visit www.ChristmasSeals.org. The site includes images of past Christmas Seals as well as information about how the ALA uses each donation to fight for healthy lungs and healthy air. Christmas Seal supporters can also share this year’s Christmas Seal on Facebook to show their support.