Monday, December 29, 2008

The Hero Mail is great

A card from a Marine Chaplain in Iraq, received 29 Dec 08:



Thank you for the cards! I make sure that the soldiers give their families letters often. You work makes it easier. They find it hard to say no when I give them a card to write on.


The Hero Mail* is great. I go out and pray wih the soldiers before missions and I hand out Hero Mail. Helps to know that we are remembered and a letter from home is always refreshing.


Thank you and God bless,
CH A.N.



Sunday, December 28, 2008

My troops flipped out

A Christmas card from a soldier in Iraq:



Thank you so much for the box of cards. My troops flipped out when they saw them! Each one was so cute. We really needed them and they were such a blessing.


I hope you have a great Holiday. I have six months to go before I get to come home.


Thanks!
CPT C.P.



Friday, December 19, 2008

It's because of heartwarming folks like you all

An email from an Airman in Iraq, written to a cardmaker who sent her own box, dated 19 Dec 08:



Received the beautiful cards and well wishes from you and yours and just wanted to drop you a short note to let you know how much I appreciate your thoughtfulness. It’s because of heartwarming folks like you all that make men and women in our armed forces do what we do.


From all of us here at the XX Expeditionary Security Forces Group we extend our warmest wishes to you and yours for a most joyous holiday season every, God Bless You All….


Respectfully Yours
MSgt G.O., Iraq



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cards for the people they miss and love

An email from a soldier at a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, dated 11 Dec 08:



I did recieve the cards and we here at the Xth Combat Support Hospital are very grateful for all that you and your friends have done. The injured soldiers appreciated the cards because they usually do not have time to get to the post exchange because most of their time is spent outside of the wire. While in the hospital they were able to send cards to the people they miss and love. God bless you and happy holidays. I will be leaving Iraq in march and will pass your name on to the new hospital troops.



Such a variety, it was unbelievable!

From a soldier in Iraq:



Hello from Iraq! I came across many, many cards today in our “freebie” hallway. This is where everyone in the CSH (Combat Support Hospital) places items that have come to them as donations from home. I have seen several cards that were scrapped before, but these in this bunch were great! There was such a variety, it was unbelievable. We have greeting cards available at our PX, but the ones that are made by hand and with love are so much more meaningful to send home to loved ones. Thank you so much for your time and effort. It does not ever go unnoticed!


Sincerely,
SGT C.H.



Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A thank you from a soldier

This is a note from a cardmaker who was inspired to send her own boxes of cards:



I ran across Cards for Heroes about a year ago, and have started sending cards to a friend of mine’s son, BJ (Army Troop). Well this year around June I started a Christmas Card challenge for the Troop, and my fellow scrappers helped me create some beautiful cards for 2 troops (1 army and 1 marine). Well today I received a thank you email from the Army troop, and wanted to share with all of you. It is because of Cards for Heroes that these packages was possible. Thanks again for inspiring me to do this.



The email from the solider:



Greetings Ms. Patty,


I do not even know how to start this letter. but I must say that I was very touched this evening when I received your package.


This week was an especially bad week and the weather here has not been great. However, this evening on the way to eat dinner, they let me know that I had a box. I was excited because with the holidays coming up and me being so far away from friends and family it really does make a difference in your life and attitude when some one cares enough to send you something. I saw your address on the package and it was like Christmas has arrived early here on the Army base.


How do I say thank you? I am not really sure a thank you is enough but I will explain what happened this morning.


This morning at chow I placed the box of cards on the morale table, (of course I had went thru every single one in the box and picked out a few(a lot) for myself) anyway I placed the box on the morale table and I swear you would have thought someone just put winning lottery tickets on the table. Mame, you should have seen their faces, it was like, well the only word that comes to mine is AWESOME.


To see what I saw this morning, think of yourself being at home and your boys walk into the living room on Christmas morning–you know how their faces light up. That is exactly what it looked like this morning, you and your scrapping ladies brought smiles and happiness from afar. As they were going thru the cards I remember some of what was said:


“Oh cool Christmas cards, just in time.”
“Wow, would you guys look at this?”
“Hey, would you look at the work in this card?”
“Someone sure spent a lot of time on this one.”
“Wow, BJ can I have this one?–It is perfect for my MOM?”


Ms. Patty, these are just some of the quotes that I was able to remember. I say many smiles and I swear every single person that walked thru stopped and looked and took a few cards for their loved ones. I think that 80% of the cards were gone within the first hour.


I recogize some of the names on the back of the cards and wished I could thank each and everyone of you ladies personally. However, I will leave that up to you. I did read and pick and look and aww at each one and even noticed a few my wonderful mother had made. She never forgets me.


In closing I would like you to thank you and all of your scrapping ladies for all of their love and support-it sure makes our job of serving the United States alot easier when we know that someone does support and care about us. Please let them know how many smiles were created today and ask each and everyone of them to continue to pray for us and our country.


Once again thank you,
SPC. B.J.
United States Army



Friday, December 5, 2008

Kind words during this holiday season

An email from a Soldier in Afghanistan, dated 05 Dec 08:



I would just like to take this time to thank all of you for your kind words during this holiday season. I wish that I had the time to sit down and write to each of you individually but I have received over 100 letters and stay very busy. I have shared all of the cards that were sent to me with my Soldiers and it really boosted their spirits. Its always great to know that we are being supported by great American citizens like you. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from [battalion X].


Very Respectfully
N.W.



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanks for the goodies

A Christmas card from a soldier in Iraq in a unit with one of our contacts, postmarked 29 Nov 08:



How are you? I hope your thanksgiving was great. Thanks for the goodies, they were great! Thank you very much and Merry Christmas and Happy new year! I wish for the best for you.
J.E.



Friday, November 28, 2008

Too many WOWs to count

From an Airman in Iraq, dated 25 Nov 08:



I received your package today and I was pleasantly surprised. You and your group have made us completely happy. There were too many WOWs to count, the cards were beautiful and very creative. I particularly liked that the majority of them were blank inside leaving plenty of room to write. Thank you again for your hard work and remembering us.


If it’s ok, I would like to keep your e-mail on hand just incase there are any specific cards we might have trouble getting our hands on out here.


-M.



Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Marines absolutely loved them!

An email from a Marine in Iraq, dated 27 Nov 08:



Happy Thanksgiving! We received the package yesterday and have already given out a lot of cards. The Marines absolutely loved them! We plan on sending you some pictures that I took of the Marines with the cards. Also we want to write some of the children letters thanking them for their caring thoughts. For the most part I have the addresses on their letters. Can you please express our sincere thanks to all the volunteers.
We truly appreciate all that you do for us.

Sergeant S.C.



You made a big difference for the Marines

An email from a Marine, dated 27 Nov 08:



My time here is drawing to a close and I wanted to thank you and the people that support your website. The cards you sent went pretty quickly, and were greatly appreciated.

I am going to give you the Chaplain’s email address in case you want to continue your support of [our] Battalion.

Again, thanks for the support for the time I have been over here. You made a big difference for the Marines over here, and their families.


Sincerely,
T.P.



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You don’t know how great this is to get all of these cards

A letter from a soldier in Kosovo dated 25 Nov 08:



Thank you so much for that box of greeting cards. They are so cute – just in time for all of the holidays too! My daughter and I usually make cards like these for the holidays too – maybe next year. You don’t know how great this is to get all of these cards. I will share them with all. We have 4 months left here in Kosovo, so they will definitely get used up. Thank you for your support.

S.W.



I am writing to both greet and thank you for your recent package

An email from an Army Chaplain’s assistant in Iraq, dated 25 Nov 08:



I am writing to both greet and thank you for your recent package. Things over here are same old routine. With Thanksgiving only two days away, our Chow Hall is setting up a nice spread with really big, awesome decorations. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for Christmas! Anyway, I hope that you and yours have a blessed and Happy Thansksgiving. Eat some turkey for me.


Sincerely,


SPC A.K.
16th STB Chaplain Assistant



100 cards = 100 moments of relief, hope and joy

An email from a wife of one of our heroes who receives cards, and she is also a CFH cardmaker. Dated 25 Nov 08:



That was an amazing video. I am so happy and feel so blessed to be an Air Force wife and be a cardmaker. You brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes with that video!


You are doing such a wonderful thing. I got my first card just a few days ago; as I was reading I was so happy to have gotten something in the mail. And then once I was done and walking into work, I then thought of how worth it all the time I out into the 100 cards that I made and the 450 envelope donations I had gotten, because all of that time will be 100 moments like I had just had of relief, hope and joy. You are doing such an amazing thing words can not describe my gratitude! WHENEVER ya’ll need anything please let me know!


K.H., LaCrosse WI



Monday, November 24, 2008

Nicest Christmas cards I have ever seen

An email from Iraq, dated 24 Nov 08:



Thank you for the Christmas cards. I was fortunate enough to get them from a fellow service member who was kind enough to let me “raid” his supply. They are the nicest Christmas cards I have ever seen.
Sincerely,
S.K.



Saturday, November 22, 2008

My husband sends your cards to me and our children

An email from a military wife, dated 22 Nov 08:



I wanted to thank you for what you do! My husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan and sends your cards to me and our children. They are so beautiful, and I always am in anticipation of seeing what the card looks like. Thank you for your support of our troops and making such wonderful cards for them to be able to communicate with their loved ones!

Sincerely,
W.A.



Service members and family members will appreciate them

An email from an Army Chaplain in Iraq, dated 22 Nov 08:



Thank you for the wonderful box of Christmas cards, they arrived today, the service members will appreciate them and so will the family members they send them to. Also thank you for the nice letter, it is always good to get a personal word from people and we appreciate the support and prayers from those at home. God Bless and keep our Families in your prayers,


CH (COL) P.H.



You have touched the hearts of us all!

An email from an Airman in Afghanistan, dated 22 Nov 08:



We just received your box. That is AMAZING how many cards you sent out from your organization. They are some VERY talented people! It’s almost a shame to write on them, they are so nice. I went around my organization and another organization and passed them out. We have the box sitting in the front office for a day for people to come by and get them. Then probably on Monday we will take the box to the Chaplain for him to have available for other base personnel. We truly appreciate your generosity. It is very nice to have a variety of cards to send to our friends & family (we don’t have much to choose from here.)


Again, thank you so much! You have touched the hearts of us all!


D.R. TSgt, USAF



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We have a small “coffee” shop over here and we display your cards there

An email from a Marine in Iraq dated 18 Nov 08:



Everyone over really loved your cards! I plan on taking pictures with the Marines holding the cards. We truly appreciate what you all do for us, and I know that the people to whom we send the cards to really enjoy them. I have a 3 year old son and he loved the one I sent him. Especially us females, we love the pretty cards.


We have a small “coffee” shop over here and we display your cards there. The Marines come in for some coffee before they go on patrol and then they grab the cards. If you want, you can send as many as you’d like. We appreciate whatever you send.


Again, thank you for all you do.
Respectfully,

SGT S.C.



Saturday, November 15, 2008

Your kindness and generosity is endless

A Christmas letter from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 15 Nov 08:



For the many Americans that have supported American troops, we pay special attention to you and thank you for all of the support that you have given our family and to our military family. Your kindness and generosity is endless. We thank you for all of the letters and care packages. The ladies of L2 were moved by all that you contributed.
SGT J.P.D.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Totally “wowed”

An email from a Marine in Iraq dated 13 Nov 08:



I just received your box today and was totally “wowed”. Those cards you make are extremely nice and very professional looking. You can definitely tell a lot of time is put into them. My wife loves handcrafted cards like that and I remember how much it was to actually buy them, we’re talking $4-$5 or so, as I’m sure you probably already know. It’s definitely appreciated. I picked out about 4 or 5 myself to send to friends and families. I wish we had these this past year. We arrived in January and will leave this upcoming February, I can’t wait. I miss my smart, caring & beautiful wife so much. I think these cards are plenty. I’m sure everyone will be quite amazed that we received such a quality item. God Bless those that care to send us things.

Well okay, back to work now. Take care . . . bless you and all your friends that participate in making those cards for us.

Sincerely,

1stLt F.P.



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank you, everyone, for sending so many greeting cards

From a soldier in Qatar:



Thank you, everyone, for sending so many greeting cards for us soldiers to use for our families. We now have plenty! We really appreciate your fulfillment of this request.
PFC J.M.



Monday, November 10, 2008

The cards are amazing, great work by the crafters!

An email from an Army Chaplain in Afghanistan, dated 10 Nov 08:



Thanks for the box of cards, they arrived on 10Nov, so we can distribute for Thanksgiving day. Thanks for thinking of us, the cards are amazing, great work by the crafters!


Peace,


MAJ R.C.



Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 09 Nov 08:



Hello, I am in the Army National Guard stationed at Camp X, Iraq. I recently came across some of the cards that were sent here. I wanted to let you know that they are very appreciated! The only cards we can buy here are ones for holidays, not ones just because we wanted to let someone know we were thinking of them. Thank you very much for your hard work and dedication!


SPC L.T.



Friday, November 7, 2008

Families will be able to enjoy that wonderful surprise of getting mail

An email from an Airman in Iraq, dated 07 Nov 08:



My unit recently received a box of your cards. It means a great deal to all us to know that great Americans such as yourself care for all the deployed troops and their families. Telephone and email communication are not always available and are sometimes a luxury but we can always count on the U.S. mail. The families back home love to receive cards/mail from their deployed family member. Thanks to your generous donation many families will be able to enjoy that wonderful surprise of getting mail from their deployed military member. Again thanks for all you have done.

V/r

TSgt C.A.



Monday, November 3, 2008

It means a lot to all of us overseas

An email from an Airman in Afghanistan, dated 03 Nov 08:



Thank you so much for the generous box of blank greeting cards! They have been made available to more than 400 Air force soldiers and a large number of our coalition partners here in S. Afghanistan. They will definitely be put to good use! Thank you for your support and  enerosity. It means a lot to all of us overseas to hear from you and know that we have your support. It would be significantly more difficult to do our job without your kindness. It’s not much compared to what you have done for us, but you will be receiving a certificate of  appreciation from our unit commander shortly. Thanks again for all you do for us.


God Bless-
1st Lt, J.C.



Sunday, November 2, 2008

I personally value what you are doing

An email from a soldier dated 02 Nov 08:



Thank you for having us Soldiers in your thoughts and prayers, it gives me a sense of peace. I want you to know that I personally value what you are doing and your organization has a place in my heart. When I return home I would like to contribute to your cause.
SGT J.P.



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Always well received

Portions from an email from an Army Colonel in Iraq, dated 30 Oct 08:



… I wanted to make sure I said thank you to all of you that have so generously given your time and in many cases care packages to make this feel more like home. We’ve been here just over 13 months and should be rotating out 23 December enroute to Ft. [X] and our families.


For those who sent items for us to give to the families in Southern Iraq - thank you, it has made a difference in the lives of many. I whipped together two slides (see attached) with a few photos of some of the things we’ve been able to engage with.


Our mission has been Sustainment - in other words we provide the logistics and Armed Escorts throughout Southern Iraq for both U.S. Forces and our Coalition partners - read Polish, El Salvadorian, Bosnian, Georgian, Australian forces and many others. We have hundreds of trucks on the road every night. For security reasons I won’t go into all the details, but I will say - you can all be proud of what this Brigade has done since arriving early last Oct.



I’ve spent many days either on the road or flying from base to base. I was often gone for extended periods of time, but would almost always come back to a couple of packages and a box full of letters, flyers/cards.*


I don’t have a lot of personal needs so would usually have the boxes taken to the Chapel to be made available to all soldiers on our base. Many don’t have a lot of family members telling them they’re proud of them or a loved one who signed them up for on a site like Anysoldier.com (my wife did this) and your gifts and letters were always well received - passed around and shared.



When we could, we would try and at least send a thank you note to each of you. I apologize if you did not receive one. There were also many times a box would come in with many letters* (some of which had emails which I’m using today) and we would pass them out to soldiers.


Please know that over-all, we are making a difference here. We all want to be home with our loved ones, but rushing home before Iraqis are able to take over for themselves I believe would jeopardize everything we’ve done. They have come so far in the last year I am truly amazed, but they aren’t quite there yet - but soon. There are so many outside powers that want this to fail, it’s heart wrenching. The people we’ve met are for the most part not political nor are they terrorists. They just want a sense of normalcy for their families - and we want that too.


Hooah!


Vr,
Col. M.B.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I love what you ladies are doing

An email from a soldier, dated 29 Oct 08:



Thank you for the email. Sadly to say we’re going to be here awhile at least for the holidays from my understanding. I don’t mind though because when I’m old and grey I can tell the story of how I was female in a war and what it was like for me.


I’ve gotten cards recently, they were so cute! They had a female witch on them, I sent one to my girls and a pumpkin card to my son. I love what you ladies are doing!!


Thank you so much for the support, have a great halloween!
J.P-D



Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gone! Very quickly

An email from a Marine, dated 28 Oct 08:



My name is Cpl T.H. About a month ago, my Company received a box of handmade cards from your organization. These cards are so wonderful. In about a week, all the cards were gone. I work as a clerk in the Company Office. I am in contact with all the Marines of X Co/ Xth ESB. I put all the cards on the counter to have Marines send cards home to their family. Gone! Very quickly! I am requesting more cards to be sent. The kind we need most is Thank you cards and Holiday cards.

CPL T.H.



Saturday, October 25, 2008

We'd like to send you a heart-felt thanks

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 25 Oct 08:



Thank you again for the wonderful cards! We are well-stocked for Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.


We’d like to send you a heart-felt thanks from Camp X, as you and your organization are great Americans. Take care, God bless, and have agreat holiday season!


Sincerely,
CPT E.A.



Friday, October 24, 2008

They were all excited

This is an email from someone who asked us to send a box of cards to her co-worker’s husband who is deployed.



Ohh, Holly came in today and told me Ivan got the box yesterday, he was so happy and they were all excited! I am so thankful for you and what you do. It’s such an awesome thing!
D.B.



Thursday, October 23, 2008

I would also like to thank Hallie

A snail-mail card from a soldier in Iraq, dated 23 Oct 08:



First and foremost, I want to thank you for all of the cards you sent. Believe me, they’ll be put to good use. It’s a wonderful gesture and all the troops and I greatly appreciate it.


I would also like to thank Hallie for the beautiful card she created. She’s the same age as my oldest daughter.


Well, God bless and take care. Keep up the good wor. You’re doing wonders. Thank you.
SSGT I.P.



Those who follow the Homefront Blog will remember Hallie, who was one of our recent Featured stampers!! Here is a link to it.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Soldiers came in droves

An email from a soldier in Kuwait, dated 21 Oct 08:



We (the Xth Transportation Battalion, also known as the “DOERS") received your second box of cards with Thanksgiving, kids b-day, and other great cards. Thank you!! As soon as word got out that another box of cards had arrived, the Soldiers came in droves. It was great to see. You would have loved to see it. Mail headed back home has been slow lately, so Soldiers are already sending Thanksgiving cards home. The Halloween cards that I sent to my daughters (age 2 and 4) arrived and they love them. My wife thought that they were absolutely beautiful.


I have included a picture of our battalion headquarters company during our convoy training in Kuwait, so you can see some of the faces that you are helping.

Thank you again for your gift and your generosity.


Have a great day!!


Thank you,
J.C.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The cards will help with morale here

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 15 Oct 08:



Cards For Heroes,
I am First Sergeant XX and I just wanted to say thanks for the cards. We appreciate all that your group does; the cards will help with the morale here, because they are hard to come by here. I will put them in our MWR* tent where the guys come to watch football and relax. Again thank you.
PS Thanks for the hand written cards, they are great.**
C.S.



*MWR is a Morale, Wellness, and Recreation Center; this can be a small tent (or a corner of one, as I’ve been told!) or a large room or tentspace with facilities (tv, games, etc).


**AnyHero cards


Today my kids received their cards in the mail

An email from Iraq, dated 15 Oct 08:



Hello and greetings from Iraq. I just wanted to take the time off to thank your organization for all the great work it has done.


Today my kids received their cards in the mail and my wife wrote me of how much joy it brought to their faces. Especially for my son Taylor today is his 8th birthday. Just knowing that his father sent them a card on his birthday meant the world to him and was probably the best present he could ever receive. It’s truly a blessing what your organization does… so please accept my thanks, from one hero to another. Please take care and God bless you and all the lives you touch.


J.M.



I really appreciate that you took the time

A note from a hero who received an “AnyHero” letter…these do make such a difference!



I just wanted to thank you for the card. I really appreciate that you took the time to write this letter. Sometimes a simple letter like this can really brighten up a someones day, and make them feel a whole lot better. Well thank you once again and take care.


A1C E.G.



The cards are a big hit with the soldiers

An email from an Army Chaplain in Kuwait, dated 15 Oct 08:



I received a box of card from Shannon Fulkerson. I just sent her family a thank you card but I also wanted to thank you for your service. Hers was not the first box I received. The cards are a big hit with the Soldiers. Thank you for your ministry.


CH D.B.



Monday, October 6, 2008

Thanks for what you're doing

An email request from a soldier in Iraq, dated 06 Oct 08:



I read your flyer online at http://cardsforheroes.org. I want you to know I’m very impressed with this organization and how your all supporting the HEROES in both Afghanistan & Iraq! I’m the Brigade CSM of about 4,000 Soldiers stationed on COB XX in southern Iraq and this will be our second Halloween and Thanksgiving we will be away from our families. Looks like most of us should make it home for Christmas, but some of the Soldiers will still remain or be replaced. I was wondering if I could get some of Holiday Cards sent to me in Iraq to distribute amongst my Soldiers to mail to their families and loved ones for the Holidays? Thanks for what you’re doing to support!
God Speed
CSM L.M.



Saturday, October 4, 2008

You have no idea what it means to us

A comment left on a cardmaker’s blog, dated 04 Oct 08:



Thank you so much for the cards. I am stationed in Kuwait, and just sent 2 of your beautiful cards to my daughters back home. What an amazing gift. I cannot thank you enough. You have no idea what this means to us. Your cards are amazing. Thank you again!


- MAJ C



On behalf of the entire unit, I thank you

From a soldier in Kuwait dated 04 October 08:



Dear Home front Heroes,
My unit just received a box of cards from your organization, and all I can say is WOW! Thank you! I just sent two beautiful Halloween cards to my little girls back home. They will love them. Thank you for donating your time and talents. Nice cards are hard to come by out here, and yours are amazing. What a great idea, and what a great gift. On behalf of the entire unit, I thank you.


Sincerely,


MAJ J.C.



Monday, September 29, 2008

The care and time is greatly appreciated

A letter from a soldier in Iraq, dated 29 Sept 08:



I just wanted to thank you for your contribution that you and your group have made for our soldiers. Our soldiers greatly appreciated the cards that you sent. I was impressed with the quality and variety of them, the care and time that everyone took to make those cards is greatly appreciated! I have already distributed all of the cards to our unit command posts so they can be distributed
easier.


Also I was wondering if it would be possible to get another push of Christmas cards around the beginning of November, that would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you again for your service to us.


SGT S.H., Chaplain’s Assistant



Friday, September 26, 2008

A change from plain white paper

An email from a marine in Iraq, dated 26 Sept 08:



Good Morning!


I just wanted to let someone know that the cards are absolutely beautiful! Thank you!


I’m not really sure where they came from, we have a shelf in the shower area where girls leave extra items that come in care packages. Yesterday someone had left a bag of cards, and it was so hard to pick out which one I wanted. They are unique and very creative, and definitely a change from the plain white paper!


It’s a long deployment and I hope we get more! Once again, thank you, they definitely brightened our day.


Sincerely
SGT K.H.



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The cards are absolutely beautiful

A blog comment from a soldier who found her way to this Hero Blog:



My unit recently received a shipment of your cards–I found the website stamped on the back of the cards.
The cards are absolutely beautiful! I love sending cards, but the Post Exchange (PX) here doesn’t carry a very good selection. Your cards are better than anything I could ever hope to find at the PX!


Thank you!
1Lt S.K.



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

They are beyond thrilled

From a military wife featured during Hero Arts’ blog challenge a few weeks ago; her husband received a box of cards last week:



They are beyond thrilled with the cards. He said they went fast. He was excited to snag a few to send home to our kids. I can’t thank you enough.


Because of you sending those cards, my hubby found out that a few of his Sgt’s are scrapbooking and cardmaking when they have down time. He had no idea and told me because he KNEW I would enjoy hearing that. I emailed back and forth the last few days to find out that they had used up almost everything they brought with them and said they would be grateful for anything we could send over. ha! I have a small store in my basement so I am boxing up stuff left and right for them. She said it’s something to help them get through the days and to make them sorta forget where they are.


She took pictures of the box and the guys and gals grabbing the cards. She will most likely send you an email or even a real card to thank you. Her name is Sgt. XX. Her husband, also Sgt. XX is leaving next year to go to Afghanistan for a 15 month deployment.


Have a great one!
-K.M.



Friday, September 12, 2008

I am blown away by your talent

From a soldier in Qatar, dated 12 Sept 08:



Hello again! I want to publicly thank the ladies (and men, maybe) who hand-made these amazing cards and sent them to us. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate them, and we are all in awe of the talent you all have. I am referring to a bundle of maybe 150 cards we got specifically answering one of our requests, and each of these cards is hand crafted and many times more beautiful than anything you can buy. I cannot wait for the next occasion for card-sending! I cannot wait for my family to see these!! I am blown away by your talent, as are we all… It is truly a blessing to have everyone support us so much. I am just thrilled to know the country we serve has no problem showing it’s appreciation. You all are great :)
PFC J.M.



Monday, September 8, 2008

I cannot believe these cards were made by hand!!

A card from a soldier in Qatar, dated 08 Sept 08:



I cannot believe these cards were made by hand!! They are just gorgeous and I cannot wait to use them all. I am so impressed by the lengths people go to for us soldiers, and it make me just that much happier to be serving.


I am giving out the other letters to those of us with less mail. I get tons - mainly because I very diligently write back to everyone that writes to me, but also because I have lots of pen-pals from over the years. I am 23-years-old and from outside Atlanta, GA. I am a Humanities/Comm major in college, and I love to read, write, play sports, and travel. I LOVE animals and I am a vegetarian. And I’ve been in the Army for 3 years now.


Thank you for all you do for us over here. Your time and efforts are appreciated! Keep up the good work!
PFC J.M.



Friday, August 22, 2008

It makes a difference in peoples lives

From a military wife, dated 22 Aug 08:



Just wanted to let you know how much our family appreciates what you do.

My husband is deployed to Iraq right now and has sent my children and I some of your cards. They are so special and I know he appreciates being able to send some nice cards to us. Thank you so much for what you are doing. It makes a difference in peoples lives. It’s nice to know there are still people who realize our troops are still over there. Your organization not only supports the troops but their families as well. Thank You!

Sincerely,

N.D., Wiesbaden Germany



Monday, August 18, 2008

My unit just received a box of cards

An email from a marine in Afghanistan, dated 18 Aug 08:



Thank you for creating and sending me the card that I am about to seal up and mail home. I appreciate not only your support to all our our armed forces, but also your talent - this card looks great.


My unit just received a box of cards and I anticipate that they will last us awhile; we are fortunate enough to have extensive internet access were we are located.


Respectfully,


Capt P.M., Afghanistan



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Proud to serve

An email from one of our “card surge” units in Afghanistan, dated 16 Aug 08:



While I haven’t opened it yet, I received the box of cards from you today!
Before I distribute them, I just wanted to send another note to say “Thank You” for the support and all that you do for us while we’re out here.
Proud to Serve…
M.



Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cards will make a positive impact

From an Army Chaplain in Afghanistan, dated 13 Aug 08:



I want to thank each of you for supporting our new ministry outreach to soldiers. Your donations/coordination sending greeting cards here for our troops will make a positive impact on them. I have attached a few pictures of our Greeting Card display and Bookshelf. These resources are maintained in our chapel here at FOB XX.


I have attached an address listing of our other locations and points of contacts there. Please feel comfortable in sending some cards to them as well.


Again, thank you for making a difference.
Respectfully,
CH W.D.



Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chapel Card Depot

From a Navy & Marine chaplain in Iraq, dated 12 Aug 08:



I am enclosing a photo of the card depot here. It is not cute or glamorous, but it serves its purpose. The Marines and Sailors have a great choice of card to help send home. Blessings.


Chaplain A. B, LT, USN



Wednesday, August 6, 2008

They went quickly!

From a Marine in Afghanistan, dated 06 Aug 08:



Just wanted to send a note of “Thanks” to you and the gang at Cardsforheroes.ORG.


The Marines of the 24 MEU was glad to receive them and they went quickly!


Again, many thanks…


Sincerely,


-CWO3 H



Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Brightened our day here in Afghanistan

From a Marine in Afghanistan, dated 05 Aug 08:



I wanted to take the time to thank you for the wonderful, handmade cards you sent to us. They truly have brightened our day here in Afghanistan, and help us find a way to stay in touch with our loved ones in a very creative way. The cards your organization has made are extraordinary. Thank you for thinking of us and for the effort to let us know that there are people back home thinking of us day in and day out. Best wishes to you and yours.

Thank you, and Semper Fidelis
CPT T.H.



Sunday, August 3, 2008

Amazed at the quality cards that you produce

An email from a Soldier in a JAG unit in Iraq, dated 03 Aug 08:



We have just received the latest batch of greeting cards from Card For Heroes!


I have shared the cards with my office, and we all looked through the batch. One of my Soldiers really appreciated the Peanuts cards! And another Soldier in my office is a true dog lover, so she took all the dog-related cards! I myself am amazed at the quality cards that you produce, and have selected a few to write home to my sweetheart.


It seems that you all spend a lot of time, efforts and put a lot of love into these cards. Most assuredly, we here at the JAG office appreciate your efforts and your kindness. Thank you very much, my fellow American!


Kindest Regards,


CPT E.A.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The cards brought us laughter, joy, and peace

A letter from a Marine in Afghanistan, dated 30 July 08:



I am CP1 E.O, and one of the marines that is friends with CP1G. She received a lot of cards in one of her care packages. I must say the creativity of the cards brought us laughter, joy, and peace.


I just wanted to make sure to let you know that we appreciate all the dedication, honesty, and support from all.


Thank you, and keep supporting the troops.


Semper FI,
USMC
CP1 E.O.



We just want thank each and everyone

From a Marine in Afghanistan, dated 30 July 08:



We just want thank each and everyone for supporting us and our platoons while we are here in Afghanistan. Our platoons enjoyed everything and anything that was sent our way. Please continue to support us, we have been extended for another month. The Marines were pretty down about that decision but all was soon forgotten when you all send these wonderful care packages with these notes and cards that says, we care about you, or thank you or we are praying for you. Once again thank you for all that you do and keep us in your prayers.


Sincerely,


Cpl G and Sgt G



Monday, July 21, 2008

We can't wait to put them to good use!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 21 July 08:



I received your box today of homemade cards for every occasion. What a wonderful idea and undertaking. The cards are beautiful. Thank you so very much. I showed them to my office and everyone was very excited to see them. We can’t wait to put them to good use!


Thank you for thinking of us while deployed. It means a lot to every service member to know they have friends at home who care and stay in touch.


Thank you again for the very kind gift.


Kind regards,
Lt Col P.G.



Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shared with all the people in my section

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 17 July 08:



Thanks for the cards. I shared it with all the people in my section. They liked the cards alot and now they want to sign up for the program. Well, anyway, thanks again…
PFC J.Q.



Friday, July 11, 2008

My folks have been fighting over them!

An excerpt from an Airman’s AnySoldier page update, dated 11 July 08:



I don’t know who started the Cards for Heroes but I love you! The cards that you guys sent are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! My folks have been fighting over them!


TSgt J.C., Qatar



Thursday, July 10, 2008

Your gifts help us to keep up morale

From a soldier in Kuwait, dated 10 July 08:



I wanted to make sure that you knew that your Any Soldier package of greeting cards did arrive and get to us here –wow! Many, many thanks for your kind and heart-felt gesture! Your gifts help us to keep up morale here in all ways big and small–every bit helps! You are in our prayers and we humbly ask to continue to remain in your prayers as well!
LtCol J



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cards are in short supply here

A postcard (below) from a Marine in Afghanistan, dated 09 July 08:



As I prepare to return home to my family, I was going thru papers and found your address again. You sent my roommate a box of cards awhile back. Just want to say THANK YOU!! for your time making the beautiful cards, as cards are in short supply here. How very thoughtful of you!!

Camp Blackhorse, Afghanistan
MSGT C. M.



Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How wonderfully talented

From a Navy Chaplain’s office in Iraq, dated 08 July 08:



If you would pass along my thanks to the ladies who sent all of the wonderful cards. They arrived just in time for us to restock the chapel card stock. How wonderfully talented they all must be.

One again thank you ever so much!
LT A.B.



A huge blessing

An email from a Marine chaplain in Iraq, dated 08 July 08:



Good morning and God bless you,

I received a link concerning your organization and what you all do, I think it’s wonderful. I am interested in getting set up to receive from you; I know the Marines and Sailors would appreciate it. We are currently deployed out here in Iraq. I started a “Morale locker” for the Battalion. Basically this is a small store that we set up in a warehouse. Catch is everything is free. Marines can come and find really almost anything that they would buy in exchange plus other items that they probably would not find in the exchange. Anything you all could do to help would be a huge blessing.


LT R.R.



Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thanks again to you and all of your card makers

An email* from a contractor (former serviceman) in Iraq who has been sharing our cards with all the units near him - and has been faithfully sharing our written letters with service members who visit nearby Combat Support Hospitals (CSH or “Cash") and give them to the wounded warriors there:



Thanks for the most recent box of cards.

I gave Lt L.C. (who serves our great nation through the auspices of the XX Army National Guard) a packet of the cards to distribute to some of the soldiers in her unit. I also gave a packet to the CO of the unit to which I am attached, CPT J.M., and plan to give the third packet to the USMC FAST unit.

Thanks again to you and all of your card makers. I slip a few cards out for my use before I pass them on and my wife enjoys seeing the work of other stampers. I hope that during one of my visits home to XX we’re able to meet in person.

Thanks—and God Bless!

K.M.



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

God bless you & your efforts making a difference

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 02 July 08:



Just want to let you know I got the box of cards today. On behalf of myself & fellow troops - thank you for your support & making it possible for us to remember our family/friends on special occasions or just to send them a card because. Thank you for your continued support. Pray for our soon, safe return home. God bless you & your efforts making a difference!



Saturday, June 28, 2008

These cards have such a great home feel to them

A card from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 28 June 08:


Thanks so much for the cards. Everyone really loves them. It is hard to find the right cards you need out here at the PX/BX. These have such a great home feel to them. We all appreciate your support. Thank you for thinking about us.
Sincerely,
S.S.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

There's nothing quite like a handwritten note

Another great letter from a military wife! Dated 21 June 08:



My husband, Air Force Major XX, has been deployed to Taji, Iraq since just after Christmas. We have two girls who have both had birthdays since he’s been gone (3 and 1). An avid scrapbooker, I’ve been handmaking him cards with photos of the girls. What a surprise for me when all of a sudden, I started receiving beautifully handmade cards from HIM. After about six of such cards, I noticed one thing in common. . .your website. . .so I just had to look you all up online. I definitely plan on starting to make cards for others now. What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for your kindness. E-mail is fantastic, but there’s nothing quite like a handwritten note to brighten your day! My brother, Army Capt xx, is also in Iraq. I plan on telling him about these great cards, too.

Thanks again,

L.M., Alabama



Friday, June 20, 2008

I adore sending cards - and my little girl loves getting them

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 20 June 08:



I just wanted to say THANK YOU so very much for these wonderful cards!!


I came into work this morning and there in our “For anyone pile” was your box of cards. I went through them and found so many cards. I adore sending cards (and my little girl loves getting them), notes and what nots back home and this made it that much easier. What a wonderful
idea all of you have come up with.


Again, thank you for your time and efforts in all these wonderful
cards!!!


SSgt N.S.
Camp Bucca, Iraq
Motorpool



Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It is a nice surprise to get an actual card in the mail!

A letter from a military wife, dated 17 June 08:



My husband is deployed to Iraq and sends me cards every once in a while.


Thank you for supplying him with the cards to send home. I’m not sure he would think about sending one otherwise, since we can communicate through email. But it is a nice surprise to get an actual card in the mail!


Sincerely,
C.N.



Saturday, June 14, 2008

My family appreciates what you do for us

What a great email we just received from a family at home! (If this doesn’t inspire you, what will?)



My daughter turned 12 the other day and unfortunately her father is in Afghanistan and was unable to share her special day with her. Today she received a box from him that included a beautiful handmade birthday card. Previously he had sent me a “love you” card that was also handmade. It was not until I turned the cards over and saw your organization’s name that I realized where he was finding these cards in the middle of Afghanistan!

I wanted to thank all those that are involved in your organization. I am a stamper/scrapbooker myself and I know the time and effort it takes to make these cards. My family appreciates what you do for us and all the other families with loved ones overseas. I know that being able to send these cards helps my husband feel more connected to us at home and helps take a little bit of the sting away from missing important events like birthdays.

Thanks you so much for all that you do!
N.G.



Friday, June 13, 2008

A lot of happy moms and dads in the states

From a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 13 June 08:



I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. We would love more cards. I know that everyone is loving them. We have a MWR room where they have been set out and we are pretty diminished at this point but I am sure there are a lot of happy moms and dads in the states, all because you guys were kind enough to give us a good selection of cards to send home. Believe me we all appreciate it.
J.B,



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The care package is needed, and very much appreciated

From a Chaplain’s office in Kuwait, dated 11 June 08:



The Camp XX Zone VI, Kuwait chaplain’s office would like to thank you for your generous gift. The care package is needed, and very much appreciated. Our free room is looking better due to your contribution.


The cards and books are a hit! The children’s books are especially needed. We have a United Through Reading Program, so this gift will definitely boost the morale of the troops, especially those who are raising small children.


It takes well trained soldiers that are tactically, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually ready for battle to win in combat. Our soldiers cannot be mentally, emotionally, or spiritually fit without the right equipment, and through your efforts we have provided and will continue to provide the right tools. Something as simple as a care package can make the difference in a soldier’s morale, which positively affects the mission. It takes all of us to win in battle, and you are doing your part. Thank you so much, for all you do.


Sincerely,
D.B, Chaplain (Lieut. Col.)



Monday, June 9, 2008

Thank you for supporting our unit

From an Army Chaplain in Iraq, dated 09 June 08:



Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting our unit during our deployment to Iraq. Our mission will soon come to an end and we will return to our families and communities proud of our efforts and thankful for the way you helped maintain our spirits during our time overseas.

We’ve received hundreds of pounds of personal hygiene and snack items, books magazines, DVD’s and encouraging cards and letters. Some send postcards, others send coffee or spirtiual fitness materials, but it is all equally meaningful and appreciated.

Because of your support, our soldiers were able to experience an improved quality of life across the miles that separate them from their families, loved ones and communities.

Please accept the enclosed flag and certificate as a small token of our appreciation for your thoughtfulness and generosity. These flags recently accompanied my Chaplain Asst and I on a combat mission over Iraq.

Once again, thank you.



Friday, June 6, 2008

I love your cards, they are so pretty

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 06 June 08:



My name is PFC XX and I am currently in Iraq right now. I havereceived some cards from you guys and I was wondering if youu can send me some - I miss you cards, I love you cards,thinking of you.


THANKS SO MUCH! I LOVE YOUR CARDS, THEY ARE SO PRETTY!
PFC J.Q.



Thank you so much for taking the time to write a letter

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 06 June 08:



Thank you so much for taking the time to write a letter and send it to us. I like how you decorated it on the front with the flag and all. It is not always an easy thing to deal with when we find out we must deploy out here, and leave our loved ones behind for this extensive period. The letters that we receive much like the one you wrote are some of our biggest moral boosters to know we are not forgotten and that we are here for a purpose. I wouldn’t normally reply to a letter as there is usually no way, but you left your email and I just wanted to return the thanks for making my day better and lifting my spirits. Please don’t make the one you sent and I got the last.


God bless you and thanks.


Sincerely


SPC P.R.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

One of the best gifts I’ve seen

From a sailor in Afghanistan, dated 03 June 08:



I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift of incredible cards that our troops can use to stay in touch with family members!!! You have made many people happy here - stressing over not having cards for important celebrations and special occasions - this is truly one of the best gifts I’ve seen and appreciate your gift and kind words.


I’ll take some photos of our folks with your box of cards and from all of us at FOB Lindsey, Kandahar, Afghanistan - thank you so much!!!!


Very respectfully,
LCDR J.P.



Monday, May 26, 2008

Thanks very much from the front lines

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 26 May 2008:



Hello from Iraq,

Just writing a quick thank you for the cards you recently sent to me and the soldiers out here. They were a big hit. Everyone was amazed at the quality and quantity of the cards. Thanks very much from the front lines!! We really appreciate the thought and talent that went into each and every one of them. Every one of your contributors did a great job.

Sincerely,
LCDR T.P, EWO



Sunday, May 25, 2008

America stands behind those of us over here

From an Air National Guard unit in Afghanistan, dated 25 May 08:



Dear Friends,


We are writing on behalf of the men & women of the XXth Air Expeditionary Wing, C-130 Aircraft Maintenance Unit. We are here at Bagram Air Base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. We have received your cards & letters, and are very thankful for each & every one of them. Though opinions may differ on the politics of war, one thing is for certain, that all of America stands behind those of us doing the job over here, and for that we are truly grateful!


From all of us here, THANK YOU!
S.M, SSgt, RI Air National Guard
B.M, SSgt, RI Air National Guard
J.D, TSgt, MD Air National Guard
K.S, TSgt, RI Air National Guard



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It is hard to find good cards here

From an Army chaplain in Kuwait, dated 21 May 2008:



Received the box of card today! Thank you so much! It is hard to find good cards here. Your gift will be much appreciated. As far as our needs, cards are a great need. If you would like to send cards around significant holidays that would be very helpful for Soldiers.


D.B.



Saturday, May 17, 2008

To Kuwait and back again

First email dated May 17, from Ohio cardmaker Deloris; be sure to read letter #2 as well!



I was looking through the Any Soldier.com website and found a National Guard unit from Ohio that is asking for stationary and envelopes to write home so I thought they would could use some cards. Can you add them to your mailing list for cards? From the count it appears the address has only been requested 8 times so they are not getting as much of a response as some of the other posts.


Since I am from Ohio, I thought I would try to help them with some care packages. I will be sending them snacks, books and a few other things from their wish list.


Thanks and have a great weekend!
Deloris



We sent a box of cards to this Army National Guard unit in May, and received this letter bak from him:



I would like to thank you and everyone at Cards for Heroes for the beautiful cards you sent. Now, my platoon has a array of cards for every occasion. Until now, we had limited supply at our PX which would sell out on holidays.



Today we got this email from Deloris:



Thought I would share my CFH story. Last week I mailed a box of books, puzzles, candy and laundry supplies to this National Guard unit from Ohio that you had sent the cards to last month. Today in the mail I got the nicest thank you card from this SGT. He said he was thrilled to get a care package and to know that some one back home was thinking of them. Said it really made his day.


I showed the thank you card to my husband and noticed on the back it was stamped with Cards for Heroes. Made my day too! :0)



How amazing is that chain of mail? This is one great reason we try to either stamp or write Cards for Heroes.org on the backs of all cards whenever possible.


Friday, May 9, 2008

I received a card from my soldier in Iraq

From a grateful mom:



I received a mother’s day card from my soldier serving in Iraq and noticed the Cards for Heroes on back and looked you up to see what you were about. I wanted to say thank you for all you do. I cannot help this month due to some unexpected set backs but I will soon.
-B.



Meaningful to service members and their families

An email from a cardmaker who’s also a military mom:



I saw the info about Cards for Heroes on the Internet. This is such a great idea!

My son served in Iraq several years ago, was injured in a mortar attack, then flown to Walter Reed for medical care; so I really appreciate what your group is doing on behalf of those who are serving their country. Your effort is very meaningful to the service members and their families.

I made some greeting cards and mailed them to you earlier this week and enclosed the suggested amount of postage. I’d appreciate it if you could let me know when you receive the envelope.

Thanks again for this thoughtful effort.

Blessings,
D.K.



Wednesday, May 7, 2008

My Marines are smiling and are so happy to receive cards

A note from a Marine, dated 07 May 08:



I really enjoy these cards. They are awesome. Thank you for putting my imagination to work. My Marines are smiling and are so happy to receive cards like these. Thank you!



Monday, April 28, 2008

Your cards were distributed throughout the Battalion

A letter from a soldier in Iraq, dated 28 April 08:



Dear Cards for Heroes Organization,
Thank you so much for the care package that you sent to the Soldiers of XX Brigade Support Battalion. There was much excitement as the package was opened! We distribute the various contents out of the packages we receive in order to boost the morale of our Soldiers. Your cards were distributed throughout the Battalion to include our mechanics, gunners, medics, truck drivers and staff sections. They were thrilled to receive all the wonderfully hand made cards that you had sent! It is through the support of our battalion serves as a great boost to the mental and emotional well being of our Soldiers. I am so thankful for Americans like you who appreciate the sacrifices these Soldiers make and your intentions on helping them through the deployment. Your support makes the separation from our families a little more bearable.


Our Battalion supports an Infantry Brigade operating in and around XX, Iraq.
When we arrived here back in 2005, there was a high level of insurgent activity in our area of operation. Since we took over in our sector, the insurgents have met a strong arm of American Military opposition, and gradually we have added the support of the Iraqi Army to our defense of the civilian population in this area. This deployment we have seen an increase of support for our Soldiers as the Iraqi people slowly begin to rebuild their lives. We are quite proud of the work our Soldiers do, making the work of the Infantry Soldiers possible. They move equipment such as ammunitition, food and supplies to outlying patrol bases, and have done a spectacular job of meeting the demands of a brigade that is always on the move. I’m glad to report that our Soldiers have done quite well these last few months here in Iraq. Much progress has been made, but there is still a lot to do. We continue to fight the good fight, as we help Iraqis secure their own future.


I am grateful for any prayers you might say on behalf of the Soldiers and families of XX BSB. I thank you for those you have already said, and those you continue to say each and every day of our deployment. It is through prayer that we are sustained, and through prayer that we will safely return home.


-D.L,SGT, USA
Battalion Chaplain Assistant



All gone by the end of the day

From a soldier in Afghanistan dated 28 April 2008:



I’d like to thank you and cardsforheroes for all of the support you have given me and all of the soldiers here with me. The special occasion cards were highly appreciated and were all gone by the end of the day! All of the soldiers here love it! Again I thank you for all you’ve done. God bless.
-J.S.



Thursday, April 24, 2008

They were really pretty!

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 24 April 08:



Hello! My name is PFC XX and I am deployed in Iraq right now. My friend has received cards from this program and I just wanted to sign up to start getting some cards too. They were really pretty!



Monday, April 21, 2008

It means more than you know

Email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 21 April 08:



Just wanted to let you know that we received your box of cards. I have a friend that does scrapbooking so I’ve always appreciate the effort that goes into making those cards from scratch. With mother’s day approaching I’m sure the cards will be a good reminder to send their mother back home some love. Thanks for thinking and supporting us. It means more than you know.


-J.K.



Friday, April 18, 2008

The cards are absolutely amazing

From a Marine in Iraq, dated 18 April 2008:



Thank you for the package you sent. The cards are absolutely amazing. My Marines and I will definitely use them to write our loved ones. Please thank your friends and the ladies who made these cards. It is nice to hear from people so close to home (Jacksonville, NC). I can’t wait to get back to my three children! My husband is also in Iraq and not close to me. But anyway, thank you again. I loved the package.

-H.V.



Friday, April 11, 2008

Your support is our motivation

A letter from a marine in Iraq, dated 11 April 08:



I want to thank you for all you do to support us out here during our time of need. We all appreciate your support. Your support is our motivation to continue in our quest to keep America free. May God bless you for all you do. Thank you.


-R.E., Iraq



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

You all are OUR heroes!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 09 Apr 08:



First of all, thank you for your generous donations of cards to us! It was overwhelming, THANK YOU!
Secondly, let me say that you are more than welcome, it’s my pleasure to serve my country in whatever way possible! Little do you know, though, that you all are OUR heroes! The people back home that sacrifice their time and effort to bring a little sunshine into the lives of soldiers.
Well, I just wante to let you know that me, the Chaplain, and the soldiers appreciate you!
God bless,
SGT C.J., US Army, 225th ESB



Monday, April 7, 2008

Almost everyone took 1 or 2 cards

From a soldier in Serbia, dated 07 Apr 08:



I am realizing how many people support the military and soldiers thru the gifts cards and letters. I really liked the cards from Cards for Heroes and they arrived when we were trying to find valentine cards for our loved ones. The PX had very few cards. I shared them and almost everyone took one or 2 cards. Plus the hygiene products are great, the air here is dry and the scented lotions and body butter are very appreciated by all. Everyday I thank GOD for the support and love we received from people who we have never met. Thank you!



Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sending cards: a luxury

An email from a soldier in Afghanistan dated 23 March 08:



My name is SPC A.S. of the 2d Forward Surgical Team out of Ft Carson CO. I recently received a package from Cardsforheroes. I just wanted to express my gratitude to you and anyone involved in your project. It’s amazing how things like sending greeting cards can become a luxury for us especially since the only things we can buy out here come from the locals and well I don’t think they understand these things. But well we are doing O.K. out here thanks to people such as yourselves and Ms. Nathalia S. I hope I spelled that right.


A million thanks again and
God Bless,


SPC A.S.



*Nathalia was the sponsor of this shipment of cards


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

We really appreciate you!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 18 Mar 08:



Thank you for your cards and snacks. Thank you for supporting your troops. We really appreciate you!



Monday, March 17, 2008

Thank you for sending all these cards

A letter from a sailor in Afghanistan, received 17 Mar 08:



Thank you for sending all these cards for the troops here in Afghanistan. I have them them out for everyone to grab and send!
A.R.



Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Once again thank your for your support

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 12 March 08:



I received the scrapbooking materials in a package yesterday. It is absolutely what I needed! Thank you sooo much! It’s perfect and I know it’s really going to be so useful to all of our scrapbooks. They are coming along quite nicely.


Thanks for sending a picture of you and your husband. It’s really nice talking with you and once again thank your for your support. It means the world! Take care, and write whenever you like.


SPC K.C., Iraq



Monday, March 10, 2008

I cannot express our thanks enough

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 10 Mar 08:



Thank you so much for your support! All those cards were simply beautiful and amazing! I couldn’t believe it. This is my first deployment (over a 13 year career) and when you’re in the military you never realize how much support the military has until you deploy. I cannot express our thanks enough, our troops located at the outlying FOBs really appreciate getting these packages and letters showing suppport. You tend to take things for granted and never appreciate the little things that make getting through a deployment a little bit easier until you no longer have them.

SSgt X, Iraq



Sunday, March 2, 2008

Thank you for the wonderful cards

From a soldier in Kosovo, dated 02 Mar 08:



Thank you for the wonderful cards. I shared them with all in my unit. We are glad because the PX has a few cards and not much variety.
P.V., Kosovo



Thursday, February 28, 2008

Patriots at home

An email from a naval officer aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf, dated 28 Feb 08:



Thank you for the box of cards. I’ve passed them out to my squadronmates and they are thrilled to have them to write home. It’s wonderful to have support from patriots at home. We really appreciate your efforts.


Sincerely,
CDR S.M.



Monday, February 25, 2008

I am overwhelmed

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 25 Feb 08:



I am overwhelmed. The cards you sent were absolutely gorgeous. The beautiful craftsmanship awed all of us. The guys were even oohing and awing over the quality, texture and variety. That in itself sends accolades. There was a card for all of us; from the youngest soldier wanting something to send to his parents to the old, crusty first sergeant wanting something to send his gentle wife back home.


On a more personal note; I was dismayed just last week at the limited selection of cards available at the small post exchange (PX) here. My 12th wedding anniversary is almost here and since this is our first anniversary apart, I wanted to send something really nice. Now, I will be able to send something just perfect for my beloved husband. My three kids will definitely enjoy receiving such lovely cards too; especially my two girls who miss getting to do crafts at home with their Momma. I cannot say “Thank You” enough.


Services, such as your organization does, makes a Soldier feel pride in his/her country knowing that we serve a nation with such wonderful people in it. People who sacrifice their time and energy for us. From all of us here, especially the women, “THANK YOU". Your thoughts and actions mean the world to us.


With the deepest appreciation,
SSG C.C., Iraq


“The Bible will glorify the mind, guard the heart, lift the eye,
strengthen the hand,and guide the feet.”



Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thank you very much for supporting the deployed U.S. Forces.

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 23 Feb 08:



Thank you very much for sending a package with some wonderful scrapbooking materials. It was very meaningful and comforting to know you were thinking about us. Our scrapbooks are coming along very nicely, and they have become both a way for us to capture our memories and to be able to share with others what we are experiencing. Thank you very much for supporting the deployed U.S. Forces.


Respectfully,


SPC K.C.



Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No longer have an excuse for “not writing Mom!”

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 20 Feb 08:



Just got a huge box of home made greeting cards from “Cards for heroes” via “Any Soldier.com” What a great thing! Knowing people put so much time and effort for us was absolutely overwhelming. Many, many soldiers will get to use these cards, and no longer have an excuse for “not writing Mom!”


Thanks for all you do!


Thanks,
SPC K.L, Iraq



(This box went to a legal office (JAG) to be placed in the waiting room for their soldier-clients to use, so it will be shared by soldiers from many units.)


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You remind us of why we serve our country!

A letter from an army JAG unit in Iraq, dated 19 Feb 08:



Thank you so much for the wonderful cards and notes! We will use them and share them with as many soldiers as we can! Kind, caring people like you remind us of why we serve our country!


Sp K.L.


additional signatures by others:
Thanks! -J.K
Thank you so much! -Sgt T.
You’re the greatest! -L.L.
Thanks! -Sgt M.B.
Great idea! -D.M.
Thanks! -K.D.



Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thank you for thinking of me

A letter from a soldier, dated 17 Feb 08:



Sorry for this much delayed response. I just wanted to say thank you for thinking of me during the holiday season! It brought a smile to my face.
Happy New Year!
S.K.



Saturday, February 9, 2008

Thank you again for caring

An email referring to cards written to thank wounded heroes, being delivered by this Major at the CSH (combat support hospital) in Baghdad, dated 09 Feb 08:



Ma’am,


Thank you for the cards you sent me via [K.M.] to deliver to our wounded service members at the Combat Support Hospital here in Baghdad. I will personally ensure that they are delivered to them and that they feel your support.


Thank you again for thinking and caring for our troops here in Iraq.


Respectfully,


MAJ E.R,
Multi-National Force - Iraq
US Embassy, Baghdad



Forwarded package

A letter from a Marine Chaplain in Iraq, dated 09 Feb 08:



My name is Fr XXXX. I am the Chaplain for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group. We are normally stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA but recently arrived in Iraq. One of the great things about my job is that we often receive packages from people in the States who want to help Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen who are serving away from their loved ones.


The other day we received a number of packages that had been shipped here. Some were from units that had left and others were forwarded to us for further distribution. Yours was one of them. I’m not exactly sure when you sent the package but I wanted to thank you and let you know we have already distributed everything to the Marines and Sailors who perform the daily patrols out in Fallujah. They are charged with working with the Iraqi security forces and people to ensure security and help restore the local economy.


It is wonderful to have people like you who think of us while we are away from home. For many of the troops, this is their second or third time in Iraq. While no one enjoys being separated from family and loved ones, these men and women are committed to accomplishing the mission assigned.


Thank you for your kindness and generosity.



Friday, February 8, 2008

You are very kind

A letter from a soldier in Iraq, dated 08 Feb 08:



Thank you very much for the beautiful cards. I’ll be leaving in a few hours for some visits to the battle positions and I’ll pass them out. You are very kind to take the time to remember us. It will mean a lot to the soldiers. May God bless you richly in the days ahead.
Sincerely yours,
J.C.S, Iraq



Saturday, February 2, 2008

Thank you again for all that you’re doing!

From a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 02 Feb 08:



I apologize for the late update. Two of my male soldiers have already redeployed back to North Carolina. Other than that, there are no further updates. I have attached a photo of me and my NCOIC during February when it was nice and snowy outside. I thank you again for all that you’re doing!



Hello and thank you

A letter from a Marine, dated 02 Feb 08:



Hello and thank you for your package, it is greatly appreciated!
R.R.



Monday, January 28, 2008

On the table was a huge box

An email dated 28 Jan 08, from the wife of a soldier (she is also one of our cardmakers); she is in Italy, and her husband is somewhere in a remote place in Iraq:



…my husband is in the military and spends lots of time down range. These soldiers really appreciate the cards. Just this morning I got an e-mail from him telling me he has been in Iraq, and due to security reasons I do not know where, but I know it is out of the “Green Zone.”


He was in a day room and on a table was a huge box, full of cards marked “CARDS FOR HEROES.” Someone got hold of the cards and brought them in. He asked around and no one is claiming responsiblity for bringing them.


They are being sent to the most remote locations. He saw 2 soldiers sitting at a table writing cards, and they were so excited to have them. He says to tell my “friends” THANK - YOU !!!
D.S., Italy



From all the cardmakers to you, your husband, and all our new “friends” stationed in those remote locations - you are MORE than welcome!


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Here's a big thank you

An email from an airman in Afghanistan, dated 22 Jan 08:



Here’s a big thank you from the folks from AFN Afghanistan! They [the cards] are awesome. The BX doesn’t have a good selection of cards and this definitely makes keeping in touch with family members easier. The Moose card received the most laughs so far. Good stuff.


As for my job, I enjoy it. I get to travel a bit and let people know about all of our hard working servicemembers out here doing the job. It’s a lot of fun.


Again, thanks for the cards. They will come in handy.


-SSGT T.P., Afghanistan



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

These soldiers are the finest we’ve ever had

Portion of an email from a contractor (former military) in Iraq, dated 16 Jan 08:



Thanks so much for your email and please pardon my slow response. Time just flies when you’re having fun and I’m having a real blast out here…or I must be, because the days roll by so quickly.

If you have generic “wounded soldier” cards, send some of those, too. Our lay leader, Maj. B.R., frequently goes to the Combat Support Hospital (CSH, or “Cash”) to visit troops wounded in the line of duty. I’m sure she would like to take some cards from folks back home who support the soldiers and the mission. And I have to reiterate, these soldiers are the finest we’ve ever had when it comes to being trained, equipped, and having the right attitude. One of our members is a National Guardsman from Massachusetts who is making slightly less than he would at home but, because of the mission and the value of the experience for his career, wants to extend for a second year. Not the kind of story you’ll hear on CNN, though, is it?

I can probably distribute a couple of dozen cards—as you no doubt noticed I have a preferred stationery which I use for [my own] correspondence. I use a fountain pen and one has to match paper to pen nib (tip) to insure the proper flow of ink from the pen to the paper. Use the wrong nib with an absorbent paper and you’ll have big splotches of ink all over! If I need more, I’ll send you another email.

Thanks again for your support and best of everything to you and yours.


K.M., Iraq



Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Please express sincerest thanks

A card from a soldier stationed in Iraq — he should be home by now, due to return to Iraq in 2009:



Please express sincerest thanks on behalf of myself and my soldiers for your “card contribution.” It is with humility and metered pride that we serve. It is people like you, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Allnock, Ms. Weeks and Mrs. Dabbs that really brighten our experiences over here. This is my second tour to Iraq, this time for 15 months. Last time it was 12 months with 18 between the two. It is tough watching my daughter grow up in photographs. I expect I’ll be back here in about a year but spirits are high as I’ve only about four days before I leave. I should be home in time for Christmas! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you ladies/girls. Thank you all so very much!
B., Iraq



Thursday, January 10, 2008

Support and dedication to the troops is remarkable

An email from an airman in Afghanistan dated 10 Jan 08; this is one contact we thought had disappeared, so it’s especially good to hear from her:



I wanted to let you know that I received your letter yesterday and I wanted to get a hold of you as soon as possible to let you know that a new rotation has come in and I’m sure they would love the cards that you and the others have made. We just got finalization on our relief coming in, so not too much longer to go. To give you some idea, I’ll be here for Valentines Day but I’ll be home for St. Patties. Again thank you all so much for all that everyone has done. The support and dedication to the troops is remarkable. THANK YOU!!!!!


M.G., Afghanistan



Friday, January 4, 2008

With love and thanks

A card from a soldier in Afghanistan who requested and received a box full of craft supplies; dated 04 Jan 08:



Thank you so very much to all the people who put this package together! It will be a lot of fun being able to put my own cards together.


For those of you who don’t know, I am 21 yrs old and have spent the last 7 months stationed in Afghanistan, hopefully only another 7 months to go! I have a little girl, almost 16 months old, and shes with her dad right now. They are in Bamberg Germany. That’s where she was born and where we spent the last 3 years. Well that’s a little about me.


With love and thanks,
D.D., Afghanistan



Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Years!!

An email from a soldier in Afghanistan who received supplies to make over 100 cards (their request, wanted to make their own!), dated 01 Jan 08:



Hola! How are you? Me, I am okay. Happy New Years!!! I got the box of cards and stuff, it’s wonderful! Thank you! All the girls in the office were excited about it, too! I am sure we’ll be able to come up with some really cool cards from that stuff - thank you so much!!!

Always,
Pvt. D.G., Afghanistan