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,

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.


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!


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,
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