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.

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

SSgt N.S.
Camp Bucca, Iraq

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!


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!

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.

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.

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.


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.



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,