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!!!

Pvt. D.G., Afghanistan