Monday, December 31, 2007

We appreciate all you do

From a Marine in Iraq, dated 31 Dec 2007:

The Marines of CLB 8 Supply would like to thank everyone who has taken time out of their busy lives during this holiday season to send cards, letters, and care packages. Our time here in Iraq hasn’t been that bad because we have supporters like you all out there constantly showing you appreciation for our service through your letters and care packages. We will be leaving here in about 2 months. Although we appreciate all you do, we will not need anymore care packages after Jan. 20th. Thanks for all you’ve done and what you continue to do in support of the Marines. We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

SSgt M.T., Iraq

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A box of beautiful handmade cards

From a marine in Iraq:

How are you? I just received a box of beautiful handmade cards from you today. All of us on the Command Deck at Al Asad Air Base in sunny Iraq thank you for such a nice box of cards that we can send to our families and friends. We just finished 2 big VIP visits here at Al Asad. On Sept 3rd, 2007 we took care of hosting and protecting President Bush, Defense Secretary Gates, the Secretary of State, Condolleezza Rice, Ambassador Crocker, and a host of generals, Iraqi President Talaboni, Prime Minister Maliki and 13 Sheiks.

Unfortunately, just 2 weeks after this historic meeting with U.S. and Iraqi officials, the top Sheik from Ramadi was killed by insurgents who are targeting Iraqis who work with the U.S. to establish peace and stability.

I’m attaching a couple photos from this weeks visit and the President’s. Pictured is Chuck Norris, Katie Couric and me.

I mailed out a thank you card today…I didn’t use one of the cards you sent…that would have been tacky;-) I wrote on the back, a little about a foundation I support in Chapel Hill called SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. Family House is just like the Ronald McDonald House but it will take care of housing adults needing extended lodging away from home, while being treated at UNC Hospitals. The facility is nearing completion and is located next to the Ronald McDonald House, across from the NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. This is a non profit organization that will provide extended lodging in a 40 suite facility, at no cost or low cost to the individual being treated. Please see the attached website and if you are interested in supporting Family House, please call Kathy or Greg who are listed on the website.

Thanks again,


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It was a great Christmas!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 26 Dec 07:

I wanted to thank all of you who have support myself and team members. It was a great Christmas! If we cannot us the items we send them to our other teams who are very greatful. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!!

Thank you again,

SSG E.F. and Team 702, Iraq


Thanks for all your support!

A Christmas card from an Army unit in Afghanistan dated Dec 07:

Happy Holidays! Thanks for all your support!
D.M., M.L, D.M., and A.S., Afhganistan

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sizzix (or however you spell it) stuff

A letter from a soldier in Iraq, dated 25 Dec 07:

Thank you for your card. It’s beautiful. My wife likes to make cards, too, and has lots of Sizzix (or however you spell it) stuff. I know how much time and effort goes into making cards like this.

I was able to be home for the first part of Chanukah even though I was supposed to be back from R & R before Chanukah started. I had to have some medical tests and ended up with 10 days leave without pay. Thanks again for the beautiful card.

Yours Truly,
-K.M., Baghdad

Monday, December 24, 2007

We have been receiving packages

From a soldier in Iraq dated 24 Dec 2007:

We are so sorry to have neglected you all. We have been receiving packages and have loved everyone of them. Some of us have even started writing back when we have the time. So good friends have already been made with those of you that have sent us letters of prayer and safety. We have a wall in our office of the children’s drawings. We love to read their letters! It is Christmas time now and we will ensure that we take pictures to send to you all. Thank you again,

Best Holiday Wishes,

Your cards are a real hit over here!

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 24 Dec 07:

Your cards are a real hit over here! A bunch have been used and mailed out to families and people back home. I’m still trying to get the word out to more people cause I still got a bunch left. But they are really being appreciated, and I think its a really good idea. We would all like to thank all of you for your support and and generosity with the cards. And Merry Christmas too!
-Spc. E D., Iraq

(This soldier just happens to be a cousin of mine…and the note in the post just previous to this one is from his mama!)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Thank you and your friends

A Christmas card from the mother of a soldier in Iraq:

Thank you and your friends from the mother of a serving troop and also a spouse of a reservist, for the kindness you’ve shown to all! May God bless you!
N.D., Maryland

Monday, December 17, 2007

You bring a smile to our faces

A Christmas card from members of a navy unit in Iraq, dated 17 Dec 07:

We all wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! We also appreciate all you have done for us. Thank you! You bring a smile to our faces & brighten up our days away from home. Thank you for caring and taking time to do what you do. Thanks, we appreciate you!

Hope you have a very Merry X-Mas and a Happy New Year.

You are very talented! I love your creations. Thank you.

Thanks for all your thoughts and kindness.

Happy Holidays! Thanks,

Thank you,


You have touched many lives

A card from a soldier in Kuwait dated 16 Dec 07:

Thank you for the cards! They are lovely. You have touched many lives through these cards and they are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Sgt Axxxx, Kuwait

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I am grateful that you thought of me

A letter and photo received from a sailor stationed in the Gulf, dated 16 Dec 07:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I am grateful that you thought of me during Hanukkah this year. I was on the aircraft carrier USS [XXX] in the Persian Gulf for the holiday, so it was wonderful to receive your support. Your kindness certainly brightened my time at sea.

I have attached a photo from a Hanukkah celebration on the ship. I was able to celebrate on several nights with the ship’s small, but active, Jewish community.

[personal family information removed]

Thank you again for your kindness!

Best wishes,
CDR S.M., Persian Gulf

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

One card a week to my 4 year old

An email from a hero in Iraq:

I just wanted to send an email thanking you for all the cards you send to Iraq. They are wonderful and I send one card a week to my 4 year old Daughter who loves getting them in the mail. I am getting ready to return home from Iraq in a few weeks we may even make it home for Christmas.
Thanks again,

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Word spread like wildfire

From a combat support hospital in Iraq, dated 11 Dec 07:

First I want to say thanks to all those out there who are so talented and so generous. Thank you Shannon, Dena, Sandy and Audrey (I received your packages) The Soldiers, Airmen and Marines here love the cards. Word spread like wildfire that there were "homemade cards". I keep the cards in an open area for everyone to use. I only got a few pictures but when I came back to work the next day the box was almost empty. 
—MQ, Iraq

Monday, December 10, 2007

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers

An email from a soldier, dated 10 Dec. 07:

Thank you for your thoughtful card and well wishes. It means alot to us. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Best Regards,


You are very appreciated

From a soldier's wife in Korea who helped get cards out to the heroes there:

Just wanted to let you know I got the cards you sent! Thanks so much! I am in the process of distributing them. You are so gracious. Thank you again! You are very appreciated!

I will be moving this summer, so this box of cards should probably be the last since they start packing us out early spring and I have lots of family events crammed in between now and then. But I just can’t tell you enough how much you and the other women who have made these cards are appreciated!

Thank you!
K.C, Korea

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Your support and faith

From a Marine in Iraq dated Dec 07:

Just knowing that your support and faith is behind us over here makes my day better. We work long hours and 7 days a week which is good cause time flies by, over 3 months here now and that is hard to believe.
Happy Holidays.

Lcpl B.L., Iraq

Monday, December 3, 2007

I hope you receive many blessings

A card from a soldier in Kuwait dated 03 Dec 07:

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your support. I hope you receive many blessings this Christmas!

—Sgt. D.C., Kuwait

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Truly Amazing

A card from a soldier in Afghanistan dated Dec 07:

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to write to us soldiers out here.

I am V.M., I am 22 years old from [hometown]. This is my first time being away from family on the holidays, so getting letters from unknown supporters is truly amazing.

I just wanted to write and thank you all for all that you do.

God bless,

-V.M., Afghanistan

This is another recipient of an “Any Hero” card.

Thank you for the beautiful cards

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan dated 01 Dec 07:

Happy Holidays and wishes for all good things in the coming year!

Thank you for the beautiful cards! My writing skills and sensitivity and thankfulness has increased.

May God bless you.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thank you so much for all your support!

From a soldier in Afghanistan dated 29 Nov 07:

Hi, how are you? You’re probably wondering who in the heck this is. My name is Sgt D.M. and I got an Any Soldier Christmas card from you the other day. And I was just writing to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for all your support!
Sgt D.M.

Gone in about 2 hours

A letter from an airman (airwoman?) in Afghanistan dated 29 Nov 07:

Thank you so much for the cards! They were gone in about 2 hours! They love them here. Like I said before, the BX doesn’t always have a great selection and its always nice to have something different. Thank you to you all!

I will definitely check out the website when it’s up and share my thanks to all.

Well you have a safe and joyous holiday. Your dedication and devotion to us is greatly appreciated!

With thanks,
M.G., Afghanistan

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thank you very much!

A letter from a soldier in Iraq dated 25 Nov 07:

Shalom! It was really great to receive your care package and cards! Thank you very much!

I serve with a Military Transition Team (MITT) in Baghdad Iraq. We are partnered with an Iraqi army unit which we advise and assist in their operations. With our help they are on their way to becoming self sufficient and protecting Iraq on their own.

It is an interesting job because it is so unprecedented and unpredictable. I have fun with it because I get to learn Arabic and all about the different cultures in Iraq. It can be a drag though, but what job can’t be. Being in Baghdad has it’s good points, I get to work with and talk to people from up to 30 different countries and in as many as 6 different languages at a time. So there is a lot of cultural exchange going on.

My wife lives in [city], we have 2 dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a guinea pig. We really love animals. We are also expecting our first child in December. Don’t know if it will be a boy or girl. It’ll be a surprise.

My address will be changing soon, so please hold any packages until I have a new one.
-CPT R.K.,Iraq

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Everyone loved them!

An email from a sailor in Iraq dated 22 Nov 07:

HAPPY TURKEY DAY to you!!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! And thank you for the Christmas cards, they were a hit. Everyone loved them! We all GREATLY appreciate what you and everyone else has done for us!
HM2 M.C., Iraq

Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Soldiers are thrilled!

An email from a soldier in Iraq dated 15 Nov 07:

Thank you so much for thinking of us here in Baghdad! We received your wonderful package of cards and other thoughtful items. The Soldiers are thrilled! Thank you for being so thoughtful and supportive.

I attached a photo of some of the guys I work with at the new chow hall that just opened.



-R.J., Baghdad

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thank you for the greeting cards!

A card from a soldier in Kuwait dated 09 Nov 07:

Thank you for the greeting cards! Your support is so greatly appreciated. I hope that you and your family have a great Thanksgiving Holiday. —Sgt. D.C.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Everyone knew I got another package from you

A letter from an airman in Afghanistan dated 05 Nov 07:

Thank you so very much for the cards. Before I could even open the box I had people coming to me for more cards! I don’t always get to my mail right away so everyone knew I got another package from you. It is amazing like you said that all these wonderful women out there are spreading their creativity all the way to Afghanistan.

The Px (which is like a Walmart but only for military) just started bringing the Christmas items out. I told everyone I work with that you’ll be sending some more cards so don’t bother buying the ones out there. We have plenty of people here to use up whatever you send! I’m in a group of 5 individuals, but there are about 75 more cops here also, just doing a different job than me. I’m also part of a group over here that involves all the staff sergeants and tech sergeants throughout the entire Air Force Camp that we are in. So needless to say there are 100s that I can get these cards out to.

With being in the military you never really get a chance to be creative. That’s why I like volunteering for the Holiday committees. It gives me the chance to show everyone what I’m capable of, other than shooting a gun!

Friday, November 2, 2007

We all thank you for the cards

An email from a sailor in Iraq dated 02 Nov 07:

We all thank you for the cards you and your friends made for us. They’re GREAT! Very creative, I must say. We appreciate your support. We can’t thank you enough.

We all miss home so much! But we’ll be home before we know it. If my digital camera will actually work, I will take a picture of all of us and send it to you. I don’t have any pictures of my group, yet.

It’s ok over here. Nothing much is happening. It has calmed down a lot, where we are at. It sucks being away from home and not being able to get away from work. We work almost every day all week.

Last week was pretty cool. I was able to experience Iraq for the first time. I volunteered to go out on 2 humanitarian missions. We went with an infantry unit, from [location]. We were picked up by them and taken to their tiny compound. Then we went one mile down the road from their compound to an “Iraqi doctor’s office.” We examined and treated over 200 people in about 6 hours. We saw men, women, children, infants, and elderly. The Iraqi’s kept swarming and trying to rush us. This was because the word on the street was that “we were taking 10 Iraqi’s back to America to correct all of their problems because we are miracle workers. And we make old men and women young, again.” So, I can see why it was complete chaos….everyone wanted to be one of the ten to come back to the states. I also went and handed out candy and toys to as many kids as I could. I felt really good about helping people, but at the same time its so sad. Those people don’t have anything. It makes me appreciate what I have and what the US has for its poor people.

The following morning we went to a different place, which was about 1 1/2 hour drive. That place was really rural. They had many mud-huts that they were living out of. I really liked treating the kids and making them feel better. It was so cool to give them candy and toys cause they have nothing.

After that we went back to the Marine infantry’s compound: re-grouped and ate lunch. We had to drop off about 4 female Marines that were out of Falujah. After we dropped them off, we actually drove through the entire city of Falujah. Everything was shot-up or blown up. Most of the city was a ghost town. When the bombing from the war started, most people left the city. I was definitely a site to see. All of the kids would wave to us the whole drive back to base.

FYI, the Marine Corps is a department of the Navy. Therefore, the Navy funds the USMC and lends them medical personnel because they don’t have medical jobs in the USMC. I’ve been in the Navy for 8 1/2 years. I have spent 5 years as a medic for
the Marines. The other 3, I spent stationed right outside of [city]. The entire time, I have only been on a ship for a max of 2 weeks. A sailor that doesn’t sail, weird, I know.

Thank your friends for me and the rest of my crew. Take care and keep in touch! Bye!

-HM2 M.C., Iraq

Friday, October 26, 2007

My own personal thanks

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan dated Oct 07:

Hello, My name is [A.S.] and one of my fellow soldiers received a package from you containing some homemade cards. She shared them with me and I just wanted to send my own personal thanks. I love to scrapbook things and be crafty and I know how time consuming it is to do something like that. They were all very nice, a few of your princess ones were given to my supervisor so he can write his daughters and I just want you to know that they were all appreciated and they were all very beautiful and cute. We hope you have a Happy Halloween and a Happy Halloween Season! Thank you for taking time out of your day to send something warm to the troops in Afghanistan!

Very respectfully, SrA A.S

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Husband of the year

A letter from an airman (airwoman?) in Afghanistan dated 17 Oct 07:

Thank you all for all of those beautiful cards that you all made fo rus! My leadership loved them. They mentioned that their wives are going to think they are the husband of the yeaer, for sending the cards. It even reminded one of them of a birthday coming up.

I especially realize the dedication and commitment you all have put into each and every card made. I’ve been scrapbooking now for about 3 years now, and finally convinced my husband to turn 1/2 of our office into a space for me and my scrapbooking. It’s a great hobby and I absolutely love doing it, and learning new techniques. There was a group of girls, we’d get together and spend hours scrapbooking. My husband actually gets into it and helps me out when I get stuck or can’t get any ideas.

Well I’m over here with about 5 other people (all guys). It’s tough being the only girl, but I talk to my 2 other sisters, and the rest of my family, and that helps. One sister is in the Marines in NC, and the other is in the Army in Hawaii.

We hit our 2 month mark today, so only 4 more to go!

Thank you all again for all the cards, they were all put to good use. Anything is put to good use here!

With thanks,

Friday, October 5, 2007

Thanx to you

A letter from a soldier in the US Army in Iraq dated 05 Oct 07:

Oh my goodness, thank you so very much for the cards! They are beautiful!!! They really made my day. I wish I was so talented. I love doing stuff like that and scrapbooking,but I never have had anyone really help me out or show me how to do it so beautifully. :D I’m assuming you can use the same kinds of stuff for scrapbooking, right? Where do you get it?

Yes, I would love some Christmas cards!! I would gladly send you money too! I don’t expect you to do that for us for nothing! I have to confess, I am the only female in my squad. However, my fellow female soldiers loved them too. The day to day chaos of this place really makes you appreciate the smallest things in life…like spending Halloween with my nephew. But I won’t get to do that cuz I’m here, but thanx to you I can send him a card letting him know I miss him and I hope he has fun!

Well I suppose I should go…thank you again, take care, and keep in touch!
—J.H., Iraq

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Please express our gratitude to all involved

A letter from a Marine stationed in Iraq dated 03 Oct 07:

On behalf of the Marines here in Supply, I would like to say thank you. We received the cards and they are beautiful! I never thought of having cards sent but they came in so handy. All of the Marines are putting them to use.

Please express our gratitude to all involved. Our exchange over here hardly ever has the type of greeting card you’re looking for. It was so nice to receive that unexpected package.

And yes, we would love to receive Thanksgiving and Christmas cards! The artwork and crafting skills are amazing.

Again thanks for being such a great supporter,
The Marines of [xx] Supply

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Happy to find the perfect card

An email from a sailor in Kuwait, dated 11 Sept 07:

I couldn’t wait and had to email you. The cards are absolutely beautiful. You should see the guys going through them. They are happy to find the perfect card to send home. Wow! Thank you!

We are busy here, but it is going well overall. It is hot and windy here.
It has reached 145 degrees already since I have been here.
I am attaching a picture of me next to a thermometer. Enjoy! =)
How are things going there? What other types of arts/crafts do you do? I really like them myself.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A phone call just won’t do

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan dated Aug 07:

I would like to say thank you and let you know that the cards you made are beautiful, awesome and meant a lot. Those in my shop also thank you. I have learned that when a phone call just won’t do a letter received in the mail is always a way to bring a smile to anyone’s face, especially those you love. Thank you for the support and encouragement.