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.

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.

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.


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.


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!