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.