CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia residents across the state can expect to see the American Lung Association's "Christmas Seals" in the mail this month.
The decorative holiday stamps are part of an annual fundraising tradition dating back to 1907, when the association led efforts to conquer tuberculosis.
"Most Americans today have no vivid memories of how widespread deadly tuberculosis was before the 1950s, but it claimed entire families and struck down people from all walks of life," Deb Brown, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mid Atlantic, said in an ALA statement.
"While we have a rich history with our Christmas Seals and the fight against tuberculosis, the Lung Association is now waging new battles, including the fight against influenza and the fight for healthy lungs and air nationwide and right here in West Virginia."
The American Lung Association urges people to visit www.ChristmasSeals.org to learn more about the history of Christmas Seals, to make a donation, or to send a holiday e-card.