Saturday, February 28, 2009

The homemade ones are very precious

From the deployed wife of one of our deployed contacts, dated 28 Feb 09:

My husband received your cards today and as soon as he saw them, he got some for me. They are absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful organization to provide cards for us. The homemade ones are very precious. I have already sent five to family and friends. Trust me- they will love them too. Thanks again and definitely keep supporting soldiers.
Sincerely, M.H.

I am the "card lady"

An email from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 28 Feb 09:

I just wanted you to know that we got our second box of cards! As usual, they are so beautiful. I really do appreciate them. I have passed around as many as I can stand parting with. You really have found the right person for them. Everyone is getting to know that I am the “card lady” and they can come to me if they need cards. It is kinda cool.
CW3 T.B.

I wanted to thank you for your kindness

A letter from an Air Force officer in Kyrgyzstan, dated 28 Feb 2009:

I hope this letter reaches you in good health and great spirits; I am doing very well. I wanted to thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness through sending us a package. I distributed greeting cards to my fellow medics, our patients, and all the military members who are serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, our Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

I am stationed at [X] Air Base which is the “Gateway to Afghanistan.” We are a small hospital treating Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, and Coalition Forces who are stationed here or passing through. We are stationed in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan by the capital of Bishkek which is north of Tajikistan, east of China, south of Kazakhstan, and west of Uzbekistan.

There are over 700,000 people that live in the city and country side of Bishkek. There are over 5 million people that live in Kyrgyzstan and their ethnic background is 65% Kyrgyz, 14% Uzbeks, 12% Russian, and 9% Asian. They are a very poor nation and their average standard of living is below the poorest of American citizens.

In addition to fighting the GWOT, we are also great American ambassadors to Kyrgyzstan. Every week we take trips to the local schools, orphanages, and remote villages to do improvement projects and help where we can. Seeing their faces in person would break your heart, but they light up every time we arrive as they run to greet us. “The Americans are here!” Tons of donations have come from our military familiies and churches in the United States.

[This] Air Base was the first base established in the GWOT. After the cowardly attacks on Sept 11, 2001, they opened this base on Nov 01 to launch the GWOT. [This base] was originally named after the New York Fire Department FIre Chief, who was killed in the Sept 11th terrorist attack. He is considered to be one of Sept 11th’s greatest heroes and his story is inspiring. The recreation center is called “Pete’s Place” in his honor. His image and story adorn the entryway; his courageous acts of self-sacrifice are relayed to all personnel who pass through this base.

It is a great honor to serve in the military to defend your freedom and protect your way of life. We are so grateful for your encouragement and appreciation. Thank you for your care package; it truly made a difference. I wish all Americans are just like you. We value your patriotism and thank you for your support Thank you for being who you are and all you do.

With sincerest appreciation and gratitude,
and the men and women of the Xth Expeditionary Medical Group

Thursday, February 26, 2009

It is such a Blessing to have people like you!

An email responding to an AnyHero card, dated 26 Feb 09:

Good afternoon Ma’am,

I am writing to say ‘thank you’ for the card you sent. It is such a Blessing to have people like you! Thanks for taking the time to make/send such a beautiful card. May God Bless You and your Family.


TSgt G.C.

We wish we could show our appreciation a little better

An email from a Marine in Iraq, dated 26 Feb 09:

Hello there,
This is Sgt S.C. from MWSS X in Iraq. We have gotten a few boxes of your cards and we absolutely love them! Attached are some pictures of the Marines opening up some of the cards! We wish we could show our appreciation a little better, we really do love you all for all you do for us. It means a lot to us to be able to send these wonderful cards to our families.
Sgt S.D.C.

Thank you for taking the time to send cards for my Airmen

An email from an Airman in Afghanistan, dated 26 Feb 09:

Thank you for taking the time to send cards for my Airmen. They went to good use right away. I took it to our common area called the “Rec Tent” where many Airmen relax, play video games, watch movies, make morale calls home and use the computer.

There is nothing better than having the privilege to wear a uniform every day and represent the United States of America and all who live there. Only 1% of Americans will join the military and protect the 99% that do not serve. It is truly an honor to serve. I appreciate persons like you that support our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airman and Coast Guardsman.

S.P.G., MSgt, USAF

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I plan to send some of the cards to our troops down range

Email from a sailor in Iraq, dated 19 Feb 09:

I would like to thank you for [sending] us cards. I received the box of cards yesterday. Thank you all the wonderful people back in the states who have not forgotten us. The cards will surely come in handy. I plan to send some of the cards to our troops down range. Please also relay to all who helped made this happen that the troops on Camp X appreciate all that they do.

Thank you again,

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Now we can send cards to our families

A card from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 11 Feb 09:

Thank you for all the cards! We greatly appreciate it so now we can send cards to our families and friends. Thank you for your support!

They got here just in time

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 11 Feb 09:

Your cards were great! We got them about 2 to 3 weeks ago so they got here just in time :). Heck I even took some extras to send out to my wife through out these next couple months. Those are real nice. Anyway you can keep us on your mailing list for all the holidays. We still have 10 months left over here. Again thank you for your support.

CW2 B.S.

Friday, February 6, 2009

We get a lot of compliments about the cards

From a Marine in Iraq, dated 06 Feb 09:

Things are good over here; time is going by very fast.
The Marines and their families absolutely loved the cards, they keep asking for more. We get a lot of compliments about the cards, they are truly amazing.
Thank you again!

Happy Valentines Day!

A letter from a Major in Iraq within a unit we supported, dated 06 Feb 09:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

My time in Iraq is almost done and I want to Thank You for the wonderful support you’ve given me during my tour. Your thoughts and prayers have been an inspiration to me and for that I’m deeply humbled.

With many beautiful hearts,
Major J.B.