Monday, December 28, 2009

They were a hit at our Holiday Party!

I am the Chaplain Assistant in charge of care packages for the 1-169th. Thank you very much for the well designed personal cards. They were a hit at our Holiday Party!

Respectfully,
SPC P.C.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thank you so much, they will be put to great use here!

I found some of your cards that the previous unit had left. They are amazing. I love home made cards... thank you so much, they will be put to great use here! Thank you!
SPC R

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The cards were perfect to send home to my wife

**this is an email received by cardmaker Louise F in Frazier Park CA**

I wanted to pass along a big thank you.  I'm not sure how they arrived here, but I came across some very nice cards (which had the Operation Write Home sticker with your point of contact information on them).  I'm currently in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of NATO's Internation Security Assistance Force.  Anyway, the cards were perfect to send home to my wife, who is currently 7+ months pregnant.  So she really appreciated the cute cards, especially during the holiday season.  Very nice work and thank you very much.

Kind regards,
S.M.

It's awesome the effort people put into them

Thanks again for the great work you all do.

I don't know SGT S. personally because she works in a different section over here, but I'll agree with her that when a box of your cards gets put out they don't usually last more than a few days! My wife really loves them, well because they're from me of course, but also because the cards are so nice! It's awesome the effort people put into them. Enjoy your vacation and have a wonderful Christmas!!

Very Respectfully,
J.A.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas cards were fantastic

I thought it would be a good idea to check in with you. The Christmas cards were fantastic.  I sent some to my wife and family. The PX had slim pickings like I knew they would.  My supply of other cards are dwindling here and there.  What a blessing you have been to those who have part taken of your vision to supply the service members with greeting cards.  I would reckon there is a threefold mission going on.  You and your team love to make cards, then you send them to us for our enjoyment, and then our families, friends, and significant others get a one of a kind greeting card to cherish.  You and your team are amazing. 

Thank you for your love and support! God bless you, your family, and team this holiday season.

In His Service,
Chaplain R.
COB Basra, Iraq

I just got a beautiful Christmas card from my brother

I just got a beautiful Christmas card from my brother who is stationed in Afghanistan. Thank you for all you do for the troops. The card is displayed above all the other ones at our home. God bless.

Carissa

(Message left in our chat box on the Connect page of our site!)

Joy in writing my kids

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the card that you have sent to the company. I'm currently a single parent and have taken joy in writing my kids with variety of cards that you guys have sent to us. The cards are very well appreciated and used to keep loved ones in touch. Once again thank you and Merry Christmas!

SGT M.B.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

You guys are awesome! We had some cards left over from the previous unit. Everyone here loved them! And our families back home absolutely love receiving them! Thank you so much for your support. The cards are fantastic! You guys are the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
CPT T.L.

**This came with a request for cards - this is a unit replacing one of our former contacts.

Can't wait to set them out at work for all to go through!

Just wanted to write you a quick note thanking you for the box of cards. I can't wait to set them out at work for all to go through! Everyone gets so excited. My scheduled return back to the states in mid-April, but could be pushed back if our replacements don't get here in time.  I can keep you posted. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Thank You for what you do for us troops and thank you to all of your card makers! We truly appreciate it!

Sincerely,
SrA E.R.

Give the cards out on Christmas Day

Thank you so much for the additional box of cards. I just received them today and me and another lady are going to give them out on Christmas  day. Also, the AAFES Manger, E.K., will be here on Fenty for another two years. She is a wonderful lady who, through losing her husband in Iraq several years ago, her son in Iraq this past June, and both her parents this year, still has a bright and wonderful smile. She loves supporting the troops and is a retired Major herself. She said she would be honored to distribute any cards you may like to send her. You can send them to her at the same address you have been sending them to me. The next box you send, we are going to get them to the soldiers that are down range in small camps, where they have virtually nothing.

When we give the cards out on Christmas Day, we'll take pictures and share with your group so you can enjoy the joy the soldiers feel.

This is my 4th and final deployment before I go home and prepare to retire. I will miss what I do here, and the soldiers that show huge appreciation for the little things we do for them.

Again, thank you and your group and a special thanks to Gretta P*, who started this whole thing for Camp Fenty, Afghanistan. She's a sweetheart!

K.C.B.

*Greta is one of our cardmakers who requested cards for her friends!

Christmas caroling to the different offices here on the FOB

We went Christmas caroling to the different offices here on the FOB. Fun time, at one point made me miss home even more.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
MSGT A.Z.

Really makes our families feel so much closer

I really appreciate all that you guys do, I have written probably 50 cards home to my wife and four kids over the past months with cards sent by OWH. The cards are always so perfect and sweet. I work in a building with about 300 other people and that's where I originally started finding your cards, I don't know who else is signed up but every once in a while a box of wonderful cards shows up and is put out for all to use. Haven't seen one in a while so I don't know if the person who was signed up has left or not, but I know lot's of folks here really enjoy writing home using the great cards you guys send. Thank you so much for the support and the great effort you all put into keeping us connected to our families. These days writing for most people is rare and these cards give a great opportunity for us to send a personal card home and that really makes our families feel so much closer. Everyone e-mails these days it seems, but how much more special it is to be filling up a hat box at home with such beautiful and personal cards! Thanks again, keep up the great support.
Very Respectfully,
AWOC J.A., USN

Monday, December 21, 2009

Your organization has made many soldiers and civilians happy

Thank you again for those wonderful cards!  Everyone was so excited to get another box full of beautiful cards.  Your organization has made many soldiers and civilians happy and I am sure the recipients back home are happy as well!

I love looking at the cards and think each and every one is beautiful!

Thank you!

K.P.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Looks like we will be home in January!


We hope you have a happy and joyous holiday season… Looks like we will be home in January!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Love and Prayers,
MSGT A.Z.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's people like you who bring a little piece of home to us

Greetings from Qatar!

I just wanted to send you a little note letting you know how wonderful I think your program is.

I am here in Qatar, in the lobby of the air passenger terminal waiting for a flight to Afghanistan, and I found a stack of your Christmas and holiday cards.  They are gorgeous.  You are truly providing our troops with a wonderful, thoughtful and sincere gift.

Troops often go without while stationed in these remote locations, and it's people like you who bring a little piece of home to us.

I sincerely appreciate your efforts and applaud you for your kindness.

Sincerely,
S.A, Public Affairs Officer
Department of Defense

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Started writing everyone they could think of

Thanks so much for sending the cards to our unit - especially with the holiday season here. Some of the guys in my unit thought the cards were so nice that they started writing everyone they could think of - including their wives who are always hoping for a letter in the mail. Happy Holidays to you and thanks for making ours and our families' holidays a little brighter.

SPC E. K.

Keep up the great work!

Thanks for the beautiful cards. I have sent out so many of them for the holidays. Keep up the great work!

Thanks,
MAJ Letitia Bryant

Monday, December 14, 2009

It made my day!

Just wanted to say thanks so much for all you do. I am a wife of a currently deployed sailor in Iraq. I just received a beautiful handmade Christmas card from my husband...it made my day! THANKS!!!
Penny

47th CSH coming home!

**This is the unit many of you have supported with Get Well AnyHero cards**

Good morning Sandy,

I wanted to send you a personal thank you for your support of me and the 47th CSH. We will be heading home in Feb and will not be able to receive any mail after the 15. Anything received on that date or after will be returned to sender I am told.

It has been truly a pleasure and a blessing emailing you. I want you to know from the bottom of my heart how much the cards have meant to me and other Soldiers. May GOD continue to bless you as you continue to be a blessing to others.

MAJ J.S.

Seeing his handwriting was a beautiful sight

Hi there,

I just wanted to drop your organization a line to say thank you. I received a card from my husband who is deployed in Afghanistan, and the card was from your group. Thank you so much for what you’re doing. Seeing his handwriting was a beautiful sight, and it means a great deal to those of us left back home to hold down the fort.

God bless you,

M.M.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I know the guys will love them

Thanks so much for the cards!!  I just have to fight the urge to go through and take all the one’s I selfishly want for myself!!  I know the guys will love them and they’ll be put to good use.

Our holiday season is as good as it can be considering; we’re having our combat Christmas Party on the 21st so that should be a good time.  Thanksgiving was great, two of the DFACs had a traditional Thanksgiving meal, one for lunch and one for dinner.  Other than the long line (about 45 minutes and NO PUMPKIN PIE) the food was pretty tasty.  Thanks again for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.  May you have a safe and joyful holiday season!

SMSgt C.I.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Great time picking out cards from the huge array

Operation Write Home Team,
    I wanted to say thank you so much for the huge box of beautiful cards that you mailed me! I was so excited to have such a wonderful gift to share with those deployed to Iraq with me. This is such a treat that both families and soldiers will enjoy. The soldiers had a great time picking out cards from the huge array. Thank you so much for all you do! It is much appreciated. I hope you have a great Christmas season! Thank you again!
2LT K.K.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The idea of sending cards over here is amazing

Sandy,

I was so surprised to receive your package full of homemade cards.  They were the cutest cards I have ever seen.  That is a great idea.  Thank you so much for sending them.  I put the box in our kitchen where soldiers and civilians gather to make coffee, etc. and almost all of the cards are gone.  Perfect timing for the holidays.

Again, thank you very much.  It was so fun looking at all of the different cards and sharing with our young soldiers and my co-workers.

Our PX very rarely has cute cards, if any, so the idea of sending cards over here is amazing.  Please pass my thanks on to all who made these adorable greeting cards.

Sincerely,

K.P.

You can't find cards as nice as those in some stores

As you know i'm a soldier serving time here in Afghan and I wanted to say that I appreciate you all so much for the time you put into those cards. To be honest you can't find cards as nice as those in some stores. But the idea was wonderful and I like it so much that I been writing cards to so many different people. Once again me and the soldiers thank you all and want to ask you to continue to support us and keep us in your prayers.

Oh yeah, have a joyful Christmas and a New Year of many Blessing!!

F.W.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The boxes of cards are always wonderful

This is a card from a unit we're supporting on a second tour, this time in Afghanistan:

Really help ease the times here

My name is LCPL S. and I work with the chaplain and RP3 T. We received your package of cards and mail and want to say "THANK YOU!" It is such a morale booster for the troops to come in our chapel annex and pick up goods such as what you sent. What we do isn't always fun and items like these really help ease the times here. I pray God blesses you for your kindness and your holiday season is bright. Thanks again and take care!
Godspeed,
LCPL S.S.

Best present anyone here has gotten

On behalf of everyone here at Camp Fenty, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, I send you a most heart warming thank you for all the cards! I think that has been the best present anyone here has gotten.

I will be here until 8 March, but there is a lady here who works for AAFES that will be here until January 2011. She LOVED the cards and is  an extremely gracious person. If you will continue to send the cards, I will be happy to ask her if she can receive and distribute them. It's so great to see the look on the soldiers faces and hear the excitement in their voices when they see that someone has actually 'spent time' on them.

Again, thank you from all the soldiers and civilians that shared them. If you'd like to send more, I'll be more than happy to distribute them to the troops and I'll try to get pictures of everyone enjoying them and send them.

K.C.B.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Your support provides great strength

This is from a unit that suffered great losses in a big battle you may have heard about on the news in October...we, too, remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice! We sent them cards as soon as we heard of their new FOB location, so they could all write home to their families right away.


Dear Black Knight Troop Supporters,

On behalf of the Black Knight FRG, 3-61 Cavalry, we want to thank you for your generous donation. Your support provides great strength for our soldiers in Afghanistan and the families back home.

October 3, 2009 is a day that we will never forget. The attack on Combat Outpost (COP) Keating and Observation Post (OP) Fritsche was a hard-fought battle and has changed the lives of so many of our soldiers and their families. We will always remember the lives of SGT Joshua Kirk, SGT Justin Gallegos, SGT Joshua Hardt, SPC Michael Scusa, SPC Christopher Griffin, SPC Stephan Mace, PFC Kevin Thomson, and SGT Vernon Martin. Their service to our country and their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Each soldier in Black Knight troop is a true American hero. As the soldiers were focused on surviving during more than 12 hours of intense combat, more than 70% of their buildings caught fire. As you know, many lost everything they had. Please know that your donations and quick response helped our soldiers get back on their feet quickly. They are strong soldiers who have become closer through this very challenging time.

Your support has given all the families back home peace of mind that their soldiers are being very well taken care of. We appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you for your patriotism and support to Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV.

Sincerely,
Black Knight FRG

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As a recipient of the beautiful cards made by your organization I would just like to relay to your contributors my deepest and sincerest gratitude for the work you do.  I cannot tell you how much receiving these cards from my loved one means to me and helps me get through this difficult time apart.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-E.G.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Best gift they could have received!

From a cardmaker who requested cards for her hero friend:

I just wanted to express my thanks and gratitude for sending cards to my friend, K.B.  She emailed me today and was just about speechless!  She said the cards were wonderful.  She kept a few and gave the others to the Chaplain to hand out, a few Air Force folks came by and took a few and said they were the best gift they could have received!!!  It just about made my cry!!!

Please keep cards going to the Jalalabad Air Field, Afghanistan!!!  Thanks again and I’ll be getting more cards to you after the first of the year.

By the way, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Greta P, Milford, OH.

We'd love to get another box!!

Hi there... we just received the box of cards yesterday (the 29th) and the Soldiers LOVED them!! there may be 25 left. And that's without one of the platoons in the company not getting any yet. We'd love to get another box!! I've really talked up cards going home as a more personal way of keeping in touch; rather than the internet all of the time. And the Soldiers are all over it and EXCITED about making their loved ones excited too. Thank you again for all you do for us!!
2LT C.L.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Photo from Iraq


A beautiful rack for your beautiful cards

Attached you will find photos of the beautiful rack that was made for us by one of our very talented service members. A beautiful rack for your beautiful cards :)
You can't see it very well, but each slot has a laminated label e.g. Christmas, Sympathy, I Love You, etc.

With warmest regards,

A.S.



Friday, November 27, 2009

You will no doubt have a lasting effect

On behalf of the XXX Air Expeditionary Wing chapel, I would like to thank you for your support of our outreach programs through your gift of handmade greeting cards. Our outreach programs have been tailored to support our men and women serving in the armed forces as well as assisting in our continuing efforts to help and aid the people of Afghanistan. Your contributions will help to boost morale, improve the quality of life here in Afghanistan and will no doubt have a lasting effect. Once again your gifts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful gesture.

--MAJ A.C.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello All,

Happy Thanksgiving.  I have attached some pictures of my team and I having Thanksgiving dinner at FOB Joyce in Afghanistan.  Hope the pictures find you all well and well fed from your Turkey day.

           - Respectfully,
                   1LT W.L.

How happy we are!!

Good evening Sandy,

I got the package of beautiful cards yesterday! How happy we are!!! I am still in the same battalion so they just held it for me until we came back from leave. We are almost out of here so please do not send anymore boxes because we will not have a unit take our place and I would not want those cards getting lost. :(

Sandy, thank you so much for all the cards, coffee, that gorgeous banner, and all the SUPPORT you provided to us during this rotation. You are a saint and we sure appreciate all your thoughts and actions. I hope you have a lovely holiday season and get some rest as well! I would love to remain on your penpal list when you have an inkling...I have included my home address (should be there at the end of January) just in case. :) SMILE

Love always,
CPT T.M.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Words STILL cannot express how impressive these cards are

Thanks again, these cards are fantastic. I have begun to look forward to getting these boxes from you. Words STILL cannot express how impressive these cards are. Our Deputy Commander heard about them, went to choose some, only to find they were all gone. That was this morning, just as your box arrived, right on time. I have attached a few pictures of myself opening your first box with my SGT, Master Sergeant R.V.

Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

D.R.

It really keeps their spirits up to get cards from Daddy

I just wanted to thank you. My husband is currently deployed overseas and he just sent home cards from your organization to our children and they loved them. It really keeps their spirits up to get cards from Daddy as well as his for being able to do it. Thank you again.

C.O.

I just received the box yesterday and am already almost out

 Thank you so much for the sending the box of cards! They are truly unique and lovely! I have shared with many of my Soldiers and fellow staff and everyone comments on how creative they are. It is going to be so fun to send cards to everyone for the holiday. They won't be expecting such fun Christmas cards, especially from Iraq. All of the volunteers should know that we love the cards and enjoy sending them back to friends and family. Because our letter mail is free it makes it even more special to send notes to those that we love more often than we may have without the cards.

I just received the box yesterday and am already almost out. We would love to receive another box after the New Year if that is possible. Easter and Valentine's Day will be coming and I would love to send cards out again.

Once again, to you and the many artists and volunteers, Thank you!!!
1Lt M.W.

I think this is an awesome program

Hello, my name is TSgt B.G. and I did receive the box of cards on November 25th. I really appreciate the box of cards and I think this is an awesome program. I know I enjoy writing and my family and friends enjoy receiving cards from my while I am deployed. I will pass the cards out to others and I know they will enjoy writing in this awesome cards. It is awesome that we have individuals like you because it takes alot of time out of your busy day to make the cards. We currently have about 200 individuals at my location. I would appreciate receiving another box of cards. I will be here until March time frame. Thanks again for the support, we all appreciate it. I also sent a thank you card in the mail and I had them made through Snapfish.
TSgt B.G.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It must have taken forever

Thank you so very, very much for all the beautiful handmade cards you sent us. A LOT of people will be able to take advantage of your generosity and send their family and friends greetings. I can't thank you enough. And they're all so beautiful and unique! It must have taken forever to make all those. I snagged a handful for myself but will definitely share the rest. We really appreicate your support.
Cheers,
MAJ C. M.

*This note is especially wonderful - this Major said that someone had sent "busdriver" cards - and he sounds pretty happy with the selection we've sent instead! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

She was so thrilled!!!

From a cardmaker who signed up her hero friends:

I just had to write, my friend, K.P., is serving in Afghanistan.  When I sent my Christmas cards to you for Operation Write Home, I had asked that some cards be sent to K. and my friend K.B.

I received an email from K.P. today and she received a box of cards, she said there must have been about 500 cards.  She was so thrilled!!!

I just wanted to say thank you!!!!
G.P., Milford OH

Staying in touch with family, friends, and loved ones

On behalf of my unit, I'd like to thank you and your volunteers
for taking time to make the greeting cards that was sent to us. You've
made it that much easier for us to stay in touch with family, friends
and loved ones. Behind every great Army stands a great country. Please
express our thanks and gratitude to your volunteers. Thanks again!

---SFC E.V.

Brings her joy to know that there are people who care

Well it is probably late evening for you, but I wanted to get this email to you just as promptly as your organization sent the box of cards. All I can say is WOW!!!! I was so amazed at the quality and assortment of the cards.

Our soldiers are going to be so happy about the assortment and the quality. Many of our soldiers have wives, husbands, or children, that will be grateful to receive on of the great cards.

As the person that signed up for the cards I sure didn't think that I would get them so quickly. I also thought the cards would be very ordinary. Kudos to your group, they have a knack for crafting. A very nice touch I didn't expect was the cards that are actually to a soldier. While reading over these a tear came to my eye. As soldiers we don't always hear about the programs that are available to us. We don't hear about the people back home that are so caring. It brings me joy to know that there are still people that care.

So, from the bottom of my heart, and my unit, THANK YOU for a job well done. Keep up the great work!!!

---SPC J.H.

Helping to boost morale

I just wanted to let you know that we received the box of cards. Safely.
They all look very delicate and great. Many thanks to those folks back
home who made this possible. I run the Morale Welfare and Recreation
here and everybody appreciates the great things that people back home
have to offer the troops in Afghanistan. Feel free to contact me if
there is anything we can do to show our appreciation to you all.

---Msgt R.I.

Amazing cards that are made with love...

THE BOX OF CARDS ARRIVED!!!!!!! I was so excited today when I went to
pick up mail and I saw this box!!!! I opened it up to see amazing cards
made with love! I sorted through and picked some out that I wanted and
the rest are being picked through by other soldiers in our unit!!! We
are all very thankful for the love and support you have shown! Thank you
so much!!!!

---Sgt K.C.

They are incredibly beautiful

Thank you so much for sending the box of handmade cards for the soldiers to use for Christmas. They are incredibly beautiful and I truly appreciate the time and effort that went into each one. I can't wait to send a few cards to family and friends for the holidays. Thanks so much for your support!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Happened to keep the sticker on the back of one of the cards

This one is especially for those who wonder why we stamp the backs of the cards...what a great email!

I once came across a box of beautiful handmade cards while I was on this teeny tiny base called Ubaydi.  I browsed through and found all kinds of wonderful little cards I could send home to my family and friends.  Well, the cards are gone now, and I never went back to that little base.  I have wanted to find out how I could get cards sent to my unit here in Iraq, and until now I have put it off.  I happened to keep the sticker on the back of one of the cards and that is how I found the website and this email.  I am wanting to know how I can get cards sent to my unit, and possibly other units we work with.  I am in a Combat Stress Control Company and we see different soldiers every day.  We have a huge give away area that we put care package supplies on and the soldiers take what they need.  A particularly hot item are cards.  We had a few regular store bought cards last week, but they are ALL gone and I am hoping that your site will be able to help us out.  I am the person who manages all of the extra care packages and any sort of supply things my unit needs.  I absolutely loved the cards that I picked up a few months ago and would love to be a part of your cause.  I think it is a great thing to be doing.  I think when I get home from this deployment, I will try to make some of my own cards to donate.  By the way, my name is K.H. and I am  SPC with the 55th Medical Company.  Thank you for your time and support for us soldiers!
SPC K.H.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Emptied by the end of the day

Oh my God, these cards are fantastic. Thank you so much. These cards are going so fast and I would not be surprised if this box is emptied by the end of the day. I cannot begin to express how grateful we are for these cards. Each and every one is so beautiful, and is such a big help. You said to send an e-mail when our supply is running low, and it is. More would be greatly appreciated but it's so much more than you had to do in the first place. Thanks again!
WO1 D.R.

Morale goes up when we know others care

I just wanted to take a little time to let you know the box of Christmas cards has arrived and they were a HIT ! ! !   I am sure our contact will let you know how well they went, but as for me, I know they will be well received when I send them back for the holidays.  The detail and care that went into them is amazing.  Handmade cards are beautiful and show the care and concern people at home still feel for the troops.  Morale goes up when we know others care.

Msgt R.V.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We really appreciate the greeting cards

Just wanted you to know we really appreciate the greeting cards here in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The cards are simply beautiful, we here appreciate all of your support.
Thanks again!

Monday, November 16, 2009

So unique and so special!

Sandy and all those at Operation Write Home:

I can't say enough thanks for the AMAZING box of cards you sent! I'm soooo impressed! We often get care packages of candy or hygiene items, but your box of cards was so unique and so special! As a woman (and a crafty one at that) I might have been the most excited one here, but we have 600 Marines and Sailors here who also very much appreciate what you do! We have a few blank cards out here tosend home for occasions, but very few and most are very simple.

Things in Iraq are calming down and the Marines are winding down our mission here. We expect to be here at least a few more months, but then we'll shift our entire attention to Afghanistan. The desert has turned form blazing heat to chilly nights. Halloween was uneventful but I'm already looking forward to a nice Thanksgiing feast out here.

Thank you again for your support. We would be happy for any cards your group sends!

Semper Fi,
Lt N.C.

Going like snacks

The Cards are going like snacks so that's a good thing. Also yes can you send other themes too please!

Sgt S.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thanks for the cards!

This is the photo from the unit that sent us the flag shown at the end of the Veteran's Day Bloghop:


Thank you for the box of cards

Hey Sandy, How are you doing? My name is [M.]. I just want to say thank you for the box of cards and all that you do for the military. Just want to let you know that we are actually based out of Ft. Lewis
WA. I wasn't aware that there were military support groups located in WA. Well thanks again. I hope you are having a good evening.

SGT M.S.

Greatly improved morale

Thank you so much for the box you sent! Your care and generosity have greatly improved the morale of my Medics and the Soldiers we support. Due to the remote location of our Forward Operating Bases, our personal supplies are limited. It warms my heart and brings a smile to my face to see the smiles on the faces of our Soldiers as they receive the items they need. I pray for God's blessings for you and your family.

1Lt M.L. S.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just got a whole box of cards this morning

Email received by a cardmaker!

Hello, I am a Soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division and I received one of your cards here in Shindand, Afghanistan! :) It's great, I've never heard of operationwritehome but we just got a whole box of cards this morning ....... and everyone loves them! It's great to be able to write home or send a card to that special someone and cards are something that we definately don't have access to out here.

Thanks so much!
Emily

I know that a lot of work goes into making these things

Email received by a cardmaker!

I wanted to thank you personally for your thoughtfulness. My wife makes cards through Close to My Heart. I know that a lot of work goes into making these things. It is so nice in the age of the internet and email to get a real card, real mail. I think we ...have lost something with the internet sometimes. You'll be happy to know that all the cards have been used up in the Morale Welfare and Recreation hut (MWR). I am using one of your cards to send a thank you to a friend back home who sent me a package. I have decided to send some kind of 'snail mail' each day.

Thanks again,
Medical officer, Ubaydi, Iraq

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Always treasure them

I received several crafted cards from my husband while he was deployed last year.  I still have them and will always treasure them!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We love you here

I just want to thank you for all the cards that you sent. They really came in handy for the soldiers over here.  I think it would be great to see the seasons again. We are doing okay here. The weather  here is just starting to change and we are  happy.  It was really hot. Everyone enjoyed d the cards. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much turkey and ham. Thank you again for thinking about us and we love you here.
SFC L.M.

These cards are making all the difference

We got some at our squadron here in Afghanistan. Just wanted to say thank you. I’ve been deployed before, and these cards are making all the difference this time around.

SSgt K.A.

Monday, November 9, 2009

You have helped to lift a lot of soldiers spirits

Thank you ever so much for the Christmas Cards it was wonderful.  I put them in the CP office so everyone could pick out the cards that they wanted.  Thank you ever so much and maybe in another month or two another box of the mixed cards would be great but everyone is okay at the moment.  Everyone was owwwwing and aaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwing over the cards they are beautiful.  I really want to get into making cards when I get home they are wonderful  and so unique.  We all thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

I just wanted you to know that we had a moment of silence for the Soldiers on Fort Hood and it was a very tragic thing to happen and it saddens me deeply especially since he is a doctor who is supposed to be helping the soldier with their emotional problems and he tragically could not take care of his own and affected a lot of peoples lives and they will never be the same again.  I am so sorry that it happened.

I do want you to know that you have helped to lift a lot of soldiers spirits and helped them to lift their families spirits with the beautiful cards that you create from the heart.  We love the letters included and we each try to answer them.  I really want to thank you again and hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving.


Blessings to all of you
R.S.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Always a big hit

Thank you for the cards, again! They are always a big hit. I let my company have first pick, of course. And I've been sharing them with another company that works here too. I'm probably going to take whats left over to our Battalion Headquarters to let the rest of the Battalion have some too.

As far as the quantity goes, I think that it is a good amount. The only thing would be that the holiday ones that don't get used in time might go to waste. Cause I really hope that we aren't here long enough to use them again! So I'd say maybe a little less on those. But overall they are much appreciated, and everyone over here thanks you a lot.

Thank you for your support!
-E.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gifted and talented artists

The new rotation of Soldiers arriving into Kosovo have all hit ground and are very busy prepping for the change of command ceremony 14NOV09.  Since I am extending for another rotation, I will be able to see the differences in the way two different command climates operate and also get to experience a Kosovo winter.  The new group of Soldiers are from 14 different states, most of which are from North Dakota.  When I show them the box of cards, I know every Soldier will be very appreciative of the hard work, commitment and support your wonderful organization has shown toward supporting troops overseas.

Thank you so very much for your hard work and dedication.  You have some very gifted and talented artists working with you Sandy.  If you would like to send another box of cards for the Valentine's / Easter holiday, that would be wonderful. 

Happy Holidays to you, your family, and your staff.

Strength and Honor,

1LT K. H. M.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Every ones eyes lit up

Just wanted to let you know that the box of Christmas cards you sent have arrived here at our unit in Iraq. Thank You! Every ones eyes lit up when I said that the cards arrived. I must say what beautiful cards they are! We all really appreciate all you do for us men and women who are deployed.
SrA E.R.

From a hero's Mom!

Two emails from a hero's Mom:
Good morning,

I spoke to my son last week, who is currently stationed in Iraq, and he asked me if I had received his greeting card, compliments of your wonderful organization, unfortunately I had to say no!

Well I got home that night and there were 2 beautiful cards waiting for me, one from my son and one from one of his battle buddies.

First, allow me to thank you for this wonderful gift that your organization not only gives to "Our Brave Soldiers" but also to their families.

My son, SPC P.T., is stationed in Camp Taji, and he said he may have recently been featured on your newsletter or website but I cannot find him and wondered if I have the correct website?

With sincere gratitude, D.T.



Second email, after we sent her to the photos blog posts:

Oh, how WONDERFUL, I found him.  There were 2 photos!  A hundred thanks.  I will look over your website and see what I CAN DO to help with such a worthwhile organization.   Sincerely, D.T.  :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It was like Christmas!!!

I wanted to send a special thank-you to all the wonderful and creative folks
that so lovingly put the cards together. When the box arrived it was a lot
like Christmas as everyone gathered around to pick out a few perfect cards
to send to their loved ones. As the Soldiers would pick up a card and look
at the design and message it would cause them to think about a specific
individual in their life. I enjoyed hearing about so many wonderful people
and why "this" card was made for them. I just wanted you to know that your
groups love is now going to be passed to our loved ones who are patiently
awaiting our return.

--Maj. G.W.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thank you sooo much for the letters

From a wife who asked for cards for her husband:

i just want to say thank you and to let you know that my husband got the box today and he is so exited he when around the base and give all the guy that don't have computers cards from his box for them to send home to there family's  and he keep some too and too thank you sooo much for the letters* that he got thanking them for being there for us thank you, thank you, we appreciated specially them 
a million thank yous from me and from my husband! nice job and keep theme comein!


*AnyHero letters!

Smiles are brought to family and friends' faces

Thank you so much for sending the cards. It is amazing that people take the time to create these beautiful cards and they turn out so wonderful. Smiles are brought to family and friends' faces just by pulling the card out, the message inside is just a bonus.

Thank you for all you do for the Soldiers, they are going to appreciate the box....

Have a wonderful day.

1SG M.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I could hear my sister's smile

From someone who just made a Paypal donation, in response to our thankyou note:


You're welcome. It's my pleasure. On Monday I received a card from my little sister who is stationed in Iraq with the US Army. The card was beautiful and looked handmade. It put a smile on my face and then I wondered where in the world my sister would have obtained such a beautiful handmade card to send...then I saw the stamp on the back for cardsforheroes.org and another stamp "from New Hampshire with love." So I visited your website and was touched by the efforts of so many volunteers to create and ship these beautiful cards to our soldiers overseas. Since it put such a smile on my face to get such a card, and I could hear my sister's smile in her email when I wrote to thank her...I knew that other families must really appreciate this too, and I wanted to contribute. I have very little craft ability, and even less free time, so creating my own cards didn't seem like a likely option. But I was excited to be able to contribute in some tangible way toward the cost of envelopes and shipping...helping other people's beautiful cards get to their destination.

Thank you so much for what you're doing for our soldiers and their families.

Best,
V.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Letting our Heroes at Home know they care...

THANK YOU! I have received the cards! Thank you so much. I placed them at the entry way of our area that is the heart of operations. This way everyone will be able to write home. I have also put some in our Morale Welfare Recreation center. This center has a ping pong table, pool table, movies, video games, library and computers. It is the central point for all soldiers to go and relax, unwind from current operations. Thank you again! Everyone seems to LOVE THEM!! It is so wonderful to have your support. Time over here seems to move slow. Days are long, lonely and sometimes frustrating. These cards are a wonderful way for us to communicate home and let our heroes at home know we care. Your program is pretty much the only way for us to acquire cards. There is over 2,000 troops on FOB xxx. Would it be possible to receive Christmas Cards?

***Note from Shipper Fabre - she is on the list to receive Christmas cards!!!***
MSGT A.Z.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The entire company loves them

Thank you , so so much for the cards.  The entire company loves them, we are all using them already.  They asked if I requested Christmas cards which I assured them I had.  I am an avid letter writer and am so grateful for your cards as I was running out of the ones I had brought with me.  Thank you ever so much and tell all of the participants that they are our heros and the cards are ever so beautiful.
R.S.

Thank you again

Thank you again for the cards!!
CPT L.S.C.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Through the cards in record time

We got a new group of soldier in last month and they went through the cards in record time. Would it be possible to send me 2 additional boxes of cards. If you can send one that is ok also. They will be thankful for whatever they get.
Maj J.S.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rainbow feast for our eyes

Thank you so very much for the wonderful cards!! [This card here was designed by us!] You are right about the colorful cards; they are truly a rainbow feast for our eyes.
P.C.

All gone within days

Just wanted to let everyone know that we received our cards and the Halloween cards were a hit and they were all gone within days. 

The boxes are always gone so quickly, so I might have to up my count to the 300 mark.. we have about 400 people that work in our building but not all obviously are interested, (not sure why).

When we get a chance I will send a picture of us and our boxes of cards. Its hard though since we work in a secure area camera's are not allowed.

I did receive the box with fall and thanksgiving cards, but haven't put those out yet, will this week...

What I do is send an email to the building and all come a running.

Thank you so much for what you do, this is something I will have my daughter and I do once I get back in the swing of things back home and settle into my daily life again....



CW2 K.J.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Works of Art

What a beautiful box of greeting cards!!  Our squadron can’t thank you, and your organization, enough for taking time out of your busy schedules to create these Works of Art for us to send to our families.

We are all doing well and the temperatures have finally started to cool down!

We hope this finds you all happy, healthy and safe and again, thanks so much for your support it was deeply appreciated!

SMSgt C.M.I.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The news is spreading fast

Again a million thanks for the men & women of the XXX Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Tucson, Arizona.  These cards are a tremendous hit here at Kandahar Air Field.  The news is spreading fast and the Airmen really appreciate what you have done.  I have another unit that I help and assist with on occasion, who have requested some of the cards.  I have shared what was left over but if you can provide some additional cards directly to the below address that would be awesome.
Msgt J.S.

[address deleted]

You...make our job so much easier

From an email exchange with a hero requesting her first box of cards...

I went to work today and spoke to my CPT and she said that would be great and we could give some to some of the patients that we are seeing in our clinic as well.  I want to thank you guys so much for doing this for us..

 I was going to tell you about a dog and a LT and my sister.  Well,  if you are an animal lover this is a happy ending story.  We had a LT in our unit who asked a fellow LT from Fort X if they could take care of her dog while she was deployed.  She supplied all the food, had all her shots up to date all he medications were paid for and she had banfield vet insurance in case the dog needed anything else.  Her dog is an older dog so she basically needs to be walked and she sleeps a lot.( I want to be a dog.)  Anyway the person was also getting paid $250 dollars a month to keep her dog.  They emailed her and told her it was not enough they wanted a $100 dollars more.  She was very upset as she is a new LT and had other bills to pay and she wondered if this would continue the whole deployment.  So I called my sister who also lives in [city name removed] and works in a pet store if she new anyone who could watch the LT's dog until her roommate got back from deployment sometime in March.  My sister immediately made some phone calls found 3 people willing to take the dog and my sister went three days later got the dog and put her in a much better enviroment.  So my sister is my hero right now.

It is people like you on the home front that makes our job so much easier because it puts less stress on us.  So thank you so much for making these beautiful cards to share with our families and friends.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and  everyone is very excited and cannot wait til the first box arrives.

So thank you for all of your time and love that you put into these cards.

SPC R.S.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Unique and Beautiful

This note was different, as it was not from one of our contacts that we send boxes to - just three heroes who loved the cards so much they took time out of their busy day to send a handwritten note to thank all our cardmakers...

"Thank you so much for the beautiful cards. They are so unique and beautiful. I along with some of my friends stopped by the USO tent at the xxx Air Base and picked out an assortment of cards. Just want to say thanks and let you know that they are much appreciated."

MAJ L.B.; MSG D.G.; MAJ A.C.

You guys really put your heart into it and it shows.

I got your BOX of cards today. I must say these are THE MOST BEAUTIFUL cards I've ever seen in my life. You guys really put your heart into it and it shows. We all love it. Simple thank you is not enough but thats all we can say. May God bless each one of you, especially you. You have no idea how much this means to us. Every card is unique and special made just for us. May you always walk in beauty and may God bring blessing to you and your family every single day.
Thank you.
PFC E.G.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Putting the Thank you cards to use immediately

Your box has arrived.  I'm personally thankful because I needed to send a b-day card to my Mom.  Thank you so much.  Everyone in the STP is grateful and we look forward to sharing cards with our families.  We are putting the Thank you cards to use immediately - the Army cooks made us a great dinner for the Navy Birthday (Oct 13).  X-mas and holiday cards would be great.  Our pic is enclosed. 
Again, thank you for supporting us here in Iraq. 
Take care, K.R.

Found one of your cards

We just arrived at Camp X and we found one of your cards at the TMC we work at.  We all think they are awesome.  We were wondering if we could order a box or two of your cards.  We would gladly pay for them.  Please let me know via email what the cost and we will gladly pay to have a box or two shipped over.

(And of course they're getting a box at no cost!)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We appreciate you guys!

I'm sorry it took me so long to respond. Ty for the card! I hope you guys like your "new home" [referring to our name change!] and have fun decorating it.

We just got back from the mission. Everything went well. We go back in 3 weeks. Wish me luck.
Plz keep in touch. We love the cards you sent our way. We appreciate you guys! All of you. And we love you.

Army STRONG!
PFC E.G.

PS Thanksgiving and Xmas are coming. Can we get some seasonal cards, as well as some "Love" kind. Guys say that their girlfriends and wifes are so impressed as well as quite a few husbands. God bless you all!

Never would have thought that a box of cards could be so awesome

I just recived a box of cards from you and just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for you kind gesture. I never would have thought that a box of cards could be so awesome. Thanks again.
-D.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

You made my day!

I would like to tell you that you made my day!  Thank you for what you do – I saw some handmade cards at the Rec tent and used them to send Halloween wishes to my four kids and husband.  Would you be able to send some to me so I could give then out to folks in my squadron?

v/r
MSgt W.T., USAF

Friday, October 9, 2009

These cards are like gold out here

Sandy + others,
I want to thank you for the cards.  These cards are like gold out here.  It is a great avenue for our Airmen to communicate back home with loved ones and friends.  My sincere thanks and gratitude.

Thanks a million,
MSgt J.S.

How nicely made they are and how appreciated they are

Thanks so much for the boxes of cards/snacks you have sent!  I still have many cards as the staff here is small, so I won't need a refill for some time.  The folks here do love the cards, however, and talk about
how nicely made they are and how appreciated they are.  There is a small community of us who celebrated the Jewish high holidays and I try to go to Shabbat services most Fridays.  I'm also trying to go the Embassy this weekend for a simchat torah service.

Thanks again for taking the time, energy and resources to support us here in Iraq!
CDR S.M.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Soldiers love them!

Just so you know we received the cards and the Soldiers love them! Thank you so much for all you do.
CPT L.K.

Just blown away

From the relative of a hero, posted on our Facebook fan page:

Just found out my husband's cousin got his first box of cards and was just blown away!!!! Thanks to all that you do for them and more. Hope to have my first batch out next week--two girls at home--takes me a little longer!!!!

Denise

A worthy and just cause

To the wonderful volunteers at Cards For Heroes:

Since 19 February 2009, I have been stationed at Camp X, Kosovo in support of the 10 year NATO peacekeeping mission that started in 2009. Working diligently to provide support to our fellow NATO allies and help the Kosovar people establish a strong economic base are the main objectives of
our mission.  I am so committed to this cause that I am extending for another tour and will  return home sometime in July 2010.

On a personal note, keeping family members back home connected to deployed Soldier's hearts, minds, and souls are just as important.  This is where Cards for Heroes shines.

Over the past several months, I have been sending your creative, loving, and inspirational cards to family and friends back home.  Several family members and friends have commented on the quality, care, and compassion they see in each handmade card and love receiving them.  Hopefully, they are contributing to your cause because I believe it is a worthy and just cause with which I am very proud of because of your compassion for free speech.

Thank you for your gifts of love.  I am sending another one of your cards to my wife today.

Strength and Honor,

1LT K.H.M.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It was such a great thing...

I would like to say thank you so much for the box of cards!! It was such a surprise when I opened the box. They are so amazing and such a great idea. I am sharing all the great cards with all my fellow troops, as we looked through we were thought it was such a great thing you did. My entire shop would like to say thank you for the support and thank you for all the great cards.

S.R.A. J.K.

It was such a great thing...

I would like to say thank you so much for the box of cards!! It was such a surprise when I opened the box. They are so amazing and such a great idea. I am sharing all the great cards with all my fellow troops, as we looked through we were thought it was such a great thing you did. My entire shop would like to say thank you for the support and thank you for all the great cards.

S.R.A. J.K.

Commendation from Afghanistan

*sniff* Our heroes treat us FAR too well! Look at what arrived in today's mail — another flag! Scroll down to see what the certificate and letter say.


For those who don't know our OWH kittehs, this is Tsuki, short for Tsukineko! She was feeling photogenic this evening and insisted on being a part of things....she's got one brother who prefers walking across open ink pads, and another who's a fanatic about doublefudgechocolatebrownie ice cream—but Tsuki's much more interested in sprawling on an open space and looking as lazy as possible. (For those who've been following IBOL on their blog and facebook: we have plenty of kittehs too, lol!)

The certificate reads:
This American flag was flown with honor over Afghanistan on 14 September 2009 aboard a VH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during Spartan Express Movement in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. 
Presented to Sandy Allnock, "Cards for Heroes:
From 10th Mountain Division - 101st Air Assault.
Let it be known that this American flag was flown in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It also displays America's resolve to defeat the terrorists who committed the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
SPARTANS
The card reads:

To all your volunteers: Thank you for helping us to stay in contact with our families and friends. Mission completed, we are now going back to our loved ones. Thank you for alll your support during OWF IX-X.

From the Soldiers of the TF Spartan Adam Cell
SFC S-E.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I had fun just looking at them all...

Thank you and all the kind folks at Operation Write Home. What a wonderful surprise when I opened your care package. All the cards were amazing. I want to thank everyone for all the time and creativity that went into each card. My guys were thrilled to have something to send home to loved ones. Everyone got a huge kick out of them. Perfect timing with all the adorable Halloween cards. I was surprised at how quickly the box became empty. I had fun just looking at them all. Most imporantly thank you all for your support and prayers. More cards would be greatly appreciated and put to good use. This is a terrific idea. Thank you again

SPC H.S.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A good thing

Received your box of  handmade cards and notes, wanted to take a moment and thank you and all the women in your organization for remembering us. It's hard to find greeting cards here and when you do, there are so few to chose from you have to make it work, like take a Thank you card, scratch out the thank you and put in Happy Birthday. I put your cards in our orderly room and the troops always stop by and get one, as they walk by them they seem to remember someone's birthday, anniversary, etc and will fill in out  and put it in our outgoing mail box, so that's a good thing.

We are a National Guard unit from Delaware and will be here until April 2010,that's about all I can tell you, except we are doing convoy security missions.

Once again thank you and all the others for your support,and remembering us,it's people like you who make America great, not the big people but people like you and I. God Bless all of you, pray for us !! 
LOL

R.H.

I have been able to spread the "wealth" with my patients

A letter from a soldier...on one of our cards!


The content reads:
I can not thank you and your people enough! I have been putting all of your hard work and effort into good use. Not only do I have the soldiers in my command sending frequent mail home to their families and friends, I have been able to spread the "wealth" with my patients. You see I am a member of Task Force 14 MED. I work in a hospital here. I deal with sick and injured soldiers and U.S. contractors. I am a medic and am involved directly with their care. I have been able to bring a little joy to their misery by passing on the generous gifts and "hero mail" you wonderful people have donated. A smile and a kind word is sometimes the best medicine. Also I have been distributing these amazing cards throughout the hospital staff. They have had nothing but gracious things to say. So Thank You again.

Congrats on the new name "Operation Write Home" is a huge hit here!

Be sure to thank Cody for me, it means a lot a child of his age was thoughtful enough to help! Tell him all the "solgers" say Thank You too! I do believe at 5 Cody is more artisitc than I am at 29!

Thank you again...and please keep the amazing cards oming!

SPC L. K.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sending beautiful cards home...

Thank you for the beautiful handmade cards. My Soldiers loved them because they're able to send beautiful cards to their loved ones. I truly appreciate this program. Thank you and God bless you.

--CPT M.S.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Inspiring Hero Creativity

Thank you so much for the hand-made cards. That's what I like best about them is they are hand-made. I can see lots of time and effort was put into them. It is truly appreciated not just by myself but to my troops that took some to write home to their families. I am getting married next fall so the cards inspired me to make my own invitations. Thank you for your support and generosity.

--SGT G.J.

Just a word of thanks

Just a word of thanks to you and all those who provided such outstanding ministry to us.  We were truly blessed by your cards.  Soldiers were constantly coming and using them.  Thank you again for everything.

I will be redeploying in the next few days and wanted to let you know that I will not be receiving your cards but will remember your dedication and commitment to our Soldiers.

God bless you and continue what you are doing!
Ch J.B.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mini works of art

Thank you for supplying us with cards in Ubaydi, Iraq.  The Halloween cards are beautiful.  I was going to write home on some medical pads before I found your box of free cards in the recreation area.  It is wonderful to see an organization that is so thoughtful and "crafty."  Thank you again for the mini works of art.
Very Respectfully,
K.R, MD

Greeting cards from Operation Write Home

On or about the 21 of September, I rec'd a box of greeting cards from Operation Write Home. Thank you so much for sending them to me. I must say, I have the BEST wife in the world. I would have never thought to find an organization like yours on my own. Truly she is an amazing woman. Perhaps that is why God blessed me with her. God knows I need the help and support that she has been to me. I'm so happy she contacted your organization. Again, thank you so much as you're going to make many of our soldiers smile. Our card selection in the post exchange isn't very good. We only have 4 sections to choose cards from and the good ones get taken right away. You and your supporters are  awesome and what a blessing you've become in making a difference to a soldiers life. Now I can send my wife a real Anniversary card and a real Birthday Card to my 2yr old son.

God Bless,
Chaplain (CPT) M.R.

The folks here love them

Thank you so much for the cards.  You responded so quick it was absolutely amazing.  I believe the box was here about a week after I sent you the email. And you very much for the personal card and the inspiring words.  It is amazing to me how many cards you send in one box and support so many units.  You must have a whole lot of people making cards to produce all the cards you all send out in a month.  The folks here love them.  They are indeed absolutely gorgeous cards. I am very impressed and amazed.  Again, thank you so much.  I pray God's continued blessing upon you.

Blessings,

CH (LTC) T.L.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A HUGE hit here!

I thought you would like to see a couple of pictures of service members selecting your wonderful cards - they really are a HUGE hit here! We can't wait for the next shipment to arrive!

With kind regards,
A.S.


What a blessing!

Thank you so much for the cards...I just arrived here and have seen the impact the cards have on our troops.  What a blessing!

May God continue to watch over and bless your outreach...OBTY, plz keep them coming.

v/r & w/ sincere blessings, AC

Chaplain, Major A.C.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Got a box yesterday

A message left by a hero in our Chatbox on our page here!

I got a box yesterday with so many cool Halloween Cards made by the many folks who are supporting us while we continue this trip to the desert. We appreciate all the Hero Letters too!

Tiffany M.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A total hit!

Hello! How are you? I hope that this email finds you doing well. What's new with you? We just received the box you sent and they are a total hit! They are just so beautiful and creative! We were impressed with the origami like cards that you pull out on the front cover to reveal something else. All of them are just really great pieces of art and we're so happy to be able to send home something unique and wonderful! Yes please add me to your list of regulars since these cards really go fast! Word gets out fast on our FOB and they have been going quickly! Also if there are any farewell or good luck cards, they would be great since we have some service members who are leaving us and we'd love to give them farewell and or good luck cards. The love you cards, thinking of you cards, miss you cards, blank cards, etc are so popular sinc we can send them out any time. You are really helping keep the spirits up on our FOB since communicating with our loved ones means so much to all of us. Please thank all of the talented artists who make all of these wonderful cards from all of us here. Thank you so much for all of your kindness and support!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

We appreciate all the hard work

I just wanted to let you know that we got them today. You also wanted to know how many soldiers are present in our unit. We cannot give out that type of information but I can say this we are a BN* size element. Thank you so much for all that you do, we appreciate all the hard work that this organization does for the soldiers!

SGT D.V.

*Battallion

Thank you for the halloween cards!

Thanks so much we just recieved the box of cards. Happy birthday! Tell everyone thank you for the halloween cards!
SGT C.C.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It was nice to recieve cards (AnyHero card response)

We recieved a few of your cards actually addressed to us in the medical center.  Thank you!  So many of the cards and letters we recieve are for our patients, most waiting to fly to Germany for more definative care and it was nice to recieve cards addressed to the staff.  Thank you, again!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pray for service members

Received this in email from one of our heroes:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands... Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Of all the gifts you could give a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Chaplain & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.

SSGT M.W.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Congrats on the new name as well!

I just wanted to thank you for another box of cards. They are always greatly appreciated! Congrats on the new name as well!
Cpt L.C.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy birthday from our heroes!

It is important to me to keep in communication

Thank you for the wonderful cards!  They will be put to good use by our troops to send to their friends and families far away.  I know that it is important to me to keep in communication with my wife and children.  Thank you for your support of our armed forces. 
Gratefully,
SSGT Robert Velasco

Monday, September 7, 2009

Excerpted from a newsletter

Some of our units put out long and detailed newsletters (not publishable here), but here's an excerpt with some interesting tidbits! 

Q: Do you receive the mail that we are sending?
A: YES, and it is GREAT!  It takes approx. 2 weeks for the mail to arrive on our door step. 

Q: Is it still hot there?
A: Yes.  But it is starting to cool off a bit.  Most days are around 95 – 110 degrees with the night time dropping to about 85 to 90 at 8% humidity. 

Q: Are there any improvements to your FOB?
A: YES!  The coffee shop has been relocated closer to our building, the road has been completed all the way around the airfield (no more P.T. running in the dirt), all the LN shops have been moved closer for our shopping ease, and we are looking forward to a new education center sometime in October.

Q: Do you get any days off?
A: Kind of.  HQ Personnel, CO, XO and 1SG excluded are granted a “day off” on Sundays,  meaning that they are allotted to sleep in, wear PT’s all day and not technically show up to work unless needed.  They are extremely important to the Company and are needed a lot on their day off, but they usually get to go back to relaxing once they have “put out the fire”.  This allows for all of the Soldiers to attend Church, take care of personal matters, and get some well deserved rest. 

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beautiful hand made cards

Thank you very much for the beautiful hand made cards you sent to our unit.  All of our friends and family will not only be surprised to receive such nice cards from out here in Afghanistan, they will also appreciate the support that people like you show to service members.  I hope all is well back home for you.
Sincerely, 1st Lt. P,

It had me in tears

Just wanted to let you know that we received that box of cards and beautiful letters ... It had me in tears :(  Thank you so much for all that you do and everyone that was involved ... If you could pass that along from all of us we would be most grateful.  As soon as I know who my replacement will be, I will give you their information.  I hope that you have a safe & great Labor Day weekend.

M.W.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Winnie the Pooh card almost made a grown man cry

When we got to the FOB on our first day here, I had a soldier ask me where could he get a birthday card for his little boy? The nearest Aaefes shop was 30 miles in the other direction of where we came in. Being the new MRW NCO I had to think of something. Lucky for me your groups cards where already here at Torkham. The look on his face when I gave him the Winnie the Pooh card almost made a grown man cry. Keep up the good work guys! Thank you soo much!

Sgt C.C.

Grab a card and send a note back home

Well guys, first of all I want to say THANK YOU for doing this for us. Cards are awesome. I got few from my chaplains office last week. I work at the command battalion and would like to have box  of cards for soldiers when they come in and sit in the day room to wait for CMD , I already have snacks and drinks for them, so I thought it would be nice if they could grab a card and send a note back home. I'm writing you now hoping to get some by Christmas time. Not sure what size box we might need. My unit is small however since I work at the battalion we have 9 units under us. SO guys decide what you can send. I love all of you for what you do for us. God Bless and be safe.
THANK YOU!

PFC E.G.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Very lucky recipients of all of your hard work

Once again I have to say that thanks isn't enough for everyone out there who is putting forth so much effort to remember our military members who are so far away. Our families sometimes feel forgotten but because of your effort they are the very lucky recipients of all of your hard work.We wait at home for that next call, e-mail or letter.  When these beautiful cards arrive we know that people are out there thinking about us and what we are going through too. Keep up the great work!

Lori R., Military Wife

It goes a long way

My name is SPC Vidzro with the 395th CSSB currently deployed in Q-West- Iraq. I am sending this email on behalf of Chaplain N.

She wants me to let you know that she has received the cards.

I personally also want to say a big thank you for what you people are doing for us. It goes a long way in helping some of us get in touch with family members back home.

God bless you for your time and efforts that you put into making these cards for us.

Thank you.

Respectfully,
SPC L.V.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Card recipient contacts a cardmaker!

The other day I had a young man contact me through facebook that I don't know. He said that he received one of my cards from his brother that is stationed overseas to thank us for what we are doing. (His brother was one of the troops that helped rescue Captain Richard Phillips that was being held hostage at sea by the Somalians back in April)

I am in the process of moving to a new house so have have been such a slacker when it has come to making cards but having someone reach out that received a card I made definitely inspired me to get back to making more!!

It as a really great feeling to here from this young man and just thought that I would share it with you since I know a lot of people really appreciate the work you are putting into this as well!

I hope to send more cards soon!

Meaghan Bacca

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soldiers come in daily looking and asking for cards

I pray that all is well with you on this great day. This is SGT W again (writing for Chaplain N/Q-West Iraq). I was hoping you could put us on the list again for more cards. We are covering down on over 2,000 soldiers so the cards are going fast. They are so awesome and soldiers come in daily looking and asking for cards.

Let me know what you can do Sandy, thanks and may God continue to bless you abundantly!
:-)


SGT D.W.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I also wanted to thank you for the prayers!

Thank you so much for your support! The cards are so cute!

Well we have a few more weeks! and we'll be home. I left the envelope and the box of cards for the next Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain!*

I also wanted to thank you for the prayers! You have no idea how much that has really been the last best hope. How the Lord has protected, provided, and encouraged not only myself, but the troops at just random times! Haha, God's timing - Amazing!

Well, thank you. Again.

In Christ,
K.H.

PS Remember to say thanks to the rest of the folks making these cards. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!


*We sent one extra box and a letter to the next chapel team coming in behind this unit as they leave.

Thank you for the time and energy

Thank you for the cards, again! I passed out the [Any]Hero cards to different members of my section. They were hung on the wall the next day. I gave the birthday cards to Section Sergeant Major to pass out.

It was a beautiful picture of a mountain on your card. It reminds me of the summer of 1985 that I spent at Ft. Lewis going through training. The back to school cards were wonderful, one of the Sergeants sent some to her grandkids.

The high temperature is averaging 115-120 degrees, which is lower than normal.

I want to thank you for the time and energy you put into the cards for heroes program!
LTC T.H.

Makes our job EASY!

Many thanks to you and your organization. The box of cards was uplifting for me and my fellow soldiers. We appreciate all of your prayers and support! It is people like you that makes our job EASY!
SPC. L. K.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Appreciate the thought you put behind the child-friendly ones

The box of cards was a godsend. So many soldiers were so very grateful and everybody loved them and talked about how much work y'all put into them. I was going to use one of the thank you cards you sent to write you, but they were gone like hot cakes fast. I really appreciate the thought you put behind the child-friendly ones.

We're doing good on cards for another week or two, today's the 13th of August, so round about September if you feel the yen to send more, that would be wonderful.

Well I have to get back to work. Thank you again and have an outstanding day!

SGT M.H.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Card writing business

From a Soldier who is hosting the "Write to Your Loved One" campaign a few posts ago!

I got the banner and the cards...THANKS A MILLION TIMES OVER!! We are putting the banner up ASAP...we have to buy some hooks tomorrow. SO nice and SO big! :)

I have to go now ...sorry so short...but THANKS AGAIN for all you do to keep us in the card writing business. We have already written more than 30 cards since I opened the box and plenty more have left out in their hands for future mailings. They LOVE them and can't get enough. I had one guy tell a really touching story about how it means so much to actually send out something that he touched and then knew that his wife was going to touch the same card! :)

CPT T.M.

Made with such love

I just want to say thank you so much for the beautiful cards you have provided for us to send to our families. I enjoy sending them to my children, my husband, family and friends. Even though we have access to technology here and we do use it, we also love sending cards back home; specially ones made with such love for us.


THANK YOU!!!!

Very Respectfully;

SGT S.A-C.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"Write to your Loved One" Campaign

Things are moving fast around here! Latest update is that we now have a movie night at the Junkyard*...I have a projector a screen that we painted, AND a Popcorn machine! The coffee pots just arrived and we are getting our caffeine on a regular basis around here. The sign will be the cherry on top so please take a bow for your support. And please keep the cards coming, they are more than loved around here. My unit is having a "Write to your Loved One" campaign on Saturday and I am using these cards to support!! :)

Thanks so much Sandy and your Cards For Heroes!!
Very respectfully,
T.A.M
CPT, LG

*This unit was sent a 4' x 7' banner (created, paid for, and shipped separately from our org) to support this chapel's effort at creating a center for everyone there to enjoy. They were sent a box of cards recently that will hopefully be there before next Saturday's event - as well as the banner! Fly, mailman, fly!

[iPhone]

Received while I was home on R&R. Opened box yesterday. Awesome cards. Thank you again.
Sent from my iPhone

Only those with an iPhone know how hard a longer message is - so there is a lot more gratitude behind every character than it may appear! :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A thank-you for an AnyHero note!

From shipper Kris: I received a package of cards today from Tammy H, Harrisburg PA. She has sent in cards before. Well she included a special note this time. She wrote an Any Hero note and received a thank you card (one from that package) from the service woman who received her Any Hero note. Tammy photocopied the card and the note......that is what she sent to me. The note reads.......

I received your card in a box of cards from Cards for Heroes. It sounds like you have a very full life. And I wanted to thank you for taking the time to think of us and for your support.

This is my fourth deployment and it amazes me how much continuing support we receive from home!! Thank you for thinking of us.

Sgt H.K.R.


To those who write AnyHero notes - feel free to include your contact information in your card or letter; they don't always have the time to write back, but sometimes when they do - it's a real thrill! (If you send letters from kids, be sure to include an ADULT's address to send a letter in care of, so children's information isn't compromised!)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Creativity and love that goes into the cards

In a note requesting cards:

I work within the Battalion S1 Shop and we have soldiers in here all the time. While they are waiting for either Mail Convey to come in, update paperwork or get a new ID Card, I always have them asking me if I have a pen and paper so they can write home or send a thank you to someone while waiting. We also receive numerous care packages from family members, friends and care packages from strangers around the US.

I have a friend who received cards from you on previous deployments and said that it was amazing to see the creativity and love that goes into the cards. We want to thank you in advance for this wonderful gift!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

You have made this deployment so much better

Yes, we're still here until November. We leave two days before Thanksgiving, so we should be home by then! Yea! You are so wonderful. You have made this deployment so much better for me and the people around me. I hope we stay in touch forever.

T.B.

Blessed by your thoughtfulness

Greetings,

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the beautiful cards that you sent us. Our troops were blessed by your thoughtfulness. I also wanted to inform you that our unit have been designated for early re-deployment to the states. To God be the glory. I would like to pass on the name of another chaplain in the event you are inspired to send further support. His name is Chaplain D. [contact info deleted].

Again, thank you for your support and may the Lord our God bless you richly.

CH(LTC) T. A. L.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thank you so very much

We received your cards, and shared with our fellow companies. Thank you so very much for the awesome package!

1SG C.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My deepest gratitude

From a wife who requested cards for her Marine husband in Afghanistan:

My husband received his package of cards! Thank you so much! I know that it will help the morale for his Unit. Unfortunately, they have suffered some loses, but I'm sure that your cards will help other Marines communicate to their spouses and families to let them know they are doing well. Your support means a lot to me—as a mere spouse—I can only imagine what it means to the Marines that are over there.

Thank you so much for your hard work and continuing support of our troops.

My deepest gratitude,

A J. H

Friday, July 31, 2009

I can’t begin to tell you

Thank you so much for the cards!! I can’t begin to tell you how much we all love these cards. We all laugh about the fact that most of our family initially thinks that we made the cards ourselves! I absolutely love the cards. Again, thank you so much for all that you do to support us. You make this challenging time in our lives much easier to remain close with our family and friends and we are grateful for your dedication. Please be sure to thank everyone for us who volunteered their time to make the cards.

v/r,
Cpt L.S.C

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My wife is probably wondering when I got so romantic

Thank you soooooo much for the beautiful cards. Everyone LOVES them...I always make sure to put a card in everyones hands to make sure they write home...One gentleman in our office said "My wife is probably wondering when I got so romantic"...Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in contact with our loved ones....!!!! Being away from them is hard and this makes us feel closer...it keeps us connected from a distance!!!

SrA D.G.

Thanks for your faithful dedicated service

From an Army chaplain in Iraq who requested a replacement box since he gave his up to another Chaplain:

We received your cards today. I couldn't ask for any quicker response on this! Thanks for your faithful dedicated service in getting cards to Soldiers.

God bless,
CH B.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Please keep them in your thoughts

From a deployed wife, links to pictures/stories about her deployed husband's unit:

Here are the latest links to pictures that were posted on the Washington Post of our guys.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/07/20/GA2009072001658.html

I hope some of you get to see your husbands in these great pictures that were taken. I have been told that the photographer Nikki Khan left our guys a couple of days ago so that may be it as far as pictures go on Washington Post, but still check just in case.

A CNN reporter was embedded with our guys and Delta Co. for awhile. If you go to CNN.com, you will find numerous videos of our guys. There will be another reporter joining up with Charlie Company soon but I am not sure who or when. Just in case I'll start you off with one link and you can go from there.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2009/07/21/watson.bs.helmand.cnn?iref=videosearch


Delta Company has suffered three casualties and a few injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well when you think of your own loved one. Here is a link from a the last memorial.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/07/13/GA2009071302993.html

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support

I hope this e-mail finds you well. We are in our last few days in Kuwait. Looking forward to being back with my [wife] and the girls. Our replacements, the 180th transportation Battalion is on the ground and starting to take over the operation. I have included their XO*, MAJ M.M and their chaplain, CPT K.B. in the cc line. I know that they will love to be able to share the amazing cards with their soldiers.

Again, thank you for your kindness, generosity and all of your support this year. You are a true patriot and have been a great friend to the 6th Battalion. Thank you so much.


Sincerely,
JC

*Commanding Officer

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I appreciate ... the blessing that you are to Soldiers

My Battalion chaplain told me about this website and I am the Morale representative for my unit and thought this would be a good way to boost morale. Sending cards home is not only a feel good for the Soldier, but especially for the family or friends who receive them. I appreciate you and the help and blessing that you are to Soldiers.

I appreciate you sending us a box when you can. Recently my husband, who is deployed with me, got a care package from a church. Inside the Sunday school students had put their addresses on index cards and a bunch of people here "adopted" a child or two from the stack to be pen pals with. I'm sure those children, plus the families of the Soldiers here, will absolutely love the cards we send home. Thank you again for all you do and if there is anything I can ever do for you, please let me know!

Sincerely,

SGT M.H.