Saturday, January 31, 2009

We are so very grateful for the gift of handmade cards

An email from a Chaplain in Qatar, dated 31 Jan 09:



Thank you so much for your generous care package. We are so very grateful for the gift of handmade cards. The cards are just beautiful. Your thoughtfulness to the needs of our troops and your kindness makes a difference in the day - to-day life of our service members. Your contribution helps to improve the morale of deployed military personnel and provides them a reminder of home. On behalf of our entire chapel staff thank you for your love and support.
R.H., Wing Chaplain



Thank everyone who helps too!

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 31 Jan 09:



First I want to apoligize for it taken so long to write you. I received the package of cards you sent. They are wonderful. Everyone appreciated them. Thank you for your time and effort. It is very appreciated from all of us. Make sure to thank everyone who helps too!


I was wondering if you could send more - The soldiers are looking for more blank, birthday, and anniversary cards. If you have time it would be wonderful. If you have others to send them too we understand also!


Once again thank you for what you do!
SSG J.O.
Balad, Iraq



Friday, January 30, 2009

Know that you are making a difference

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 30 Jan 09:



As per your request on your note, I just wanted to write and let you know that I received your package of awesome cards! They arrived about 2 days ago and the box is already ¾ gone! The Soldiers think they are great and especially like the holiday cards! The Valentine’s Day cards are GONE!


It amazes me how much time and effort you and your supporters put into making these beautiful cards for Soldiers whom you’ve never met, but feel an obvious kindred spirit for. You all are truly amazing! Again, please know that you are making a difference and we truly appreciate your prayers and support.

I will be heading back to Fort Hood, Texas in about 9 days, but I have a point of contact in the unit that’s replacing us. However, they do not have email yet, but should in the next few days. I will send you her POC information as soon as I receive it and definitely before I depart!

Thank you again for your generous spirit! You all are THE BEST!

MAJ M.Mc



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Perfect timing for Valentines Day!

A shout-out from a soldier’s profile on AnySoldier.com:



A lady from cardsforheroes.org sent us a box of the most beautiful hand made greeting cards. Perfect timing for Valentines Day! Thanks again.
T.



"Don't forget, Feb 14th....the mail takes 3 weeks!"

An email from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 29 Jan 09:



These worked out so perfect! I strategically placed them on the desks of the guys in my unit with a note “Don’t forget, Feb 14th….the mail takes 3 weeks!” They were so happy that I looked out for them. Everyone gets so busy here that it is easy to forget to send cards home. I LOVE cards and I really love yours. They are so unique and so pretty. I have two teenage daughters that I adore. The only thing I can do to let them know that I am thinking about them everyday is send cards. I started putting quotes in them to get their day started. They look forward to getting something everyday. They run to the mailbox together. I can just see it in my head, them racing to the mailbox to see if they got a card from their mom in combat. They are keeping each and every one (I have dated every one) so they can show to their grandchildren one day. It’s really sweet. I just wanted you to know that they are more than just paper, they are communication between a mom and her daughters while she is far away. Thank you so much, they give me something to look forward to and my girls something to look forward to. Thank You again……T.B.



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Way to keep in contact with our loved ones

From a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 28 Jan 09:



This is SGT B. Thank you for sending us a way to keep in contact with our loved ones back in the states. Thank you for your prayers and your thoughts it really does mean a lot to all of the soldiers. So thank you once again for helping bring up the morale. As far as sending more cards I think we are good for now but I will let you know when we get low.



Monday, January 26, 2009

Please tell all "Thank You"

From an Army chaplain in Iraq, dated 26 Jan 09:



I just received the cards today and want to let you know how much I appreciate the hard work and willingness in putting them together just for us! Outstanding work! Please tell all “Thank You” for me. I am sure our Soldiers as well will appreciate them as they continued to stay in touch with their families and friends.


God bless,


CH B.



Saturday, January 24, 2009

You're appreciated more than you may know!

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 24 Jan 09:



You’re appreciated more than you may know! Thank you for all your kind, beautiful, and creative gifts with the cards. :D May God bless!!



(She drew a very happy face in the middle of her message!)


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spreading the word around because I think your cards are very nice

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 21 Jan 09:



Thank you very much for the Christmas cards and care package. I really enjoy the poem you wrote. I was touched by your words. Your gift of expression is grateful. I am doing well and your package came from another company who shared the gift of giving.


My name is S.P, I have been in the Army for 20 years - look forward to retirement! I have two beautiful sons ad a granddaughter age 3 who is the joy of my adult life. I enjoy being a grandmother!


Thank you again for caring enough to send a card to me. I look forward to hearing from you again. I am spreading the word around because I think your cards are very nice!
Sincerely,
S.P.



(This soldier received an AnyHero card passed to her from another unit! :)


I can never say how much we really appreciate it

An email from a soldier in Kuwait, whose nickname is “Doers” (you’ll see why that’s important!), dated 21 Jan 09:



The new cards have arrived!!! Thank you!! I especially appreciate the envelope of cards for my girls. I am putting two of them in the mail today. They love getting them ( So does my wife.) Thank you, they are absolutely beautiful. Amazing work! I have put a couple aside for Valentines day (which is coming up very quickly.)


Things are running smoothly, busy, but smoothly. The momentum has picked up since the holidays, which is good, because busy days seem like short days. I am about a month and a half away from my R&R leave. We are keeping it low-key, but it will be great just to spend time with my wife and kids. I should find out about my next assignment any day now. I have submitted a few preferences, and I am praying that wherever it is, it will be a place to enjoy being with the family. They have been such troopers throughout this journey. I mean, it is really amazing. My wife deserves such praise for all that she does every day.


On a separate note, did you happen to catch the reference to the DOERS in the President’s inauguration speech? We know he didn’t specifically mean 6th Battalion, but what he said is exactly what we stand for. We all cheered and gave high fives when we heard it. Even the Brigade commander caught it. If you missed that part, he said:

“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”


Thank you again. I can never say how much we really appreciate it.


Sincerely,
JC



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I commend you for your contributions

A letter from an Army Lieutenant in Iraq, 20 Jan 09:



On behalf of all our soldiers, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for your efforts and selfless service in support of the X Brigade Support Battalion, X Braged Combat Team, X Infantry Division. Thank you sending the care package via our chaplain, CPT N.


Your generous contribution has positively boosted the morale and welfare of our soldiers. Your unwavering support of the United States Army Soldiers help motivate them to carry out the difficult and challenging missions they face on a daily basis here throughout the Iraq Theater. I commend you for your contributions to the soldiers, Task Force Warhorse, and The United States Army.


Sincerely,
F.L.H
LTC, LG
Commanding



Sunday, January 18, 2009

It means so much to get mail from daddy

An email from a soldier’s wife, dated 18 Jan 09:



I am the wife of a deployed soldier who continues to send cards home. I am not sure where to write a note of appreciation to your organization. I hope you can forward this on to where it needs to go.


My entire family (my children as well as my parents) look forward to receiving the cards. My kids and I love them because it means so much to get mail from daddy. He always uses the different cards and makes the decor applicable to our kids. The other day we got one with an eagle stamp which was perfect for our one son who likes to pretend he is an eagle. My mother loves to see them. She constantly is amazed at how beautifully done they are. People who donate these are so creative and put so much effort into what they are doing. Thanks. This is one of the best ways to support the troops because it supports us at home missing our loved ones as well.

A.N.



Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cards really do mean the world to us

A letter from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 17 Jan 09:



Greetings from the beautiful Afghanistan! It truly is beautiful here. We are completely surrounded by mountains that are covered in snow. It has been an unseasonably warm winter here so far. Actually it has been beautiful since we arrived over a month ago. Today we awoke to tons of snow! It is beautiful but very cold.


I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I received your package and all I can say is WOW! We could not have asked for more. We were all standing around and digging in the box and OOHing and AAhing! They are truly beautiful. Thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to us.


I read on the website that people should not get their hopes up for letters from soldiers. I could not imagine not personally thanking you for what you did.


I shared all your cards with all the ladies around me, and they were so happy. I also pulled all the Valentines Day cards to “My Wife” and strategically placed them on the guys’ desks, with a note: “Don’t Forget.” The guys get so busy around here, and mail is so slow….I just wanted to help them out.


I personally am a single parent with two teenage daughters and two twin 4year old boys. I do not want any of them to think for a second I’m not thinking about them. I am a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and just went over 20 years service in the Army. It is my third deployment in the War on Terrorism.


Thank you so much for doing this for us. It is truly selfless. Cards really do mean the world to us and are very hard to find. I receive tons of packages from anysoldier.com and I use the cards to write thank yous to each and every one of them. . . Paying it forward. I just wanted you to know it is much appreciated and its great Americans like you that help us hang in there when it gets hard. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.


CW# T.B., 101st Airborne



We are very appreciative of the time, effort and resources

An email from a sailor in Iraq, dated 17 Jan 09:



Thank you for the box of cards. We are very appreciative of the time, effort
and resources necessary to get these to us. We got the box yesterday.


HM1 P



Friday, January 16, 2009

I can't wait to send some of the Valentines

A card from a soldier in Iraq, dated 16 Jan 09:



We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated what you are doing for us. We loved the care package with the cards. They were SO cute!! I can’t wait to send some of the Valentines home. Thank you for your support!
Sgt C.B.



Truly gifts from the heart of America

An email from Iraq, dated 16 Jan 09:



Cards for Heroes,
I just wanted to take a brief moment to say thank you for your gracious spirit and generosity in providing these awesome gifts from your hearts! The cards were amazing…all different…for various occasions…all hand-made pieces of artwork…from the heart! We received numerous packs of the homemade cards and the Soldiers thought they were great! There is NOT one card left! We received our first cards around Christmas from a section in the HQ…I only wish we’d known about them earlier in the deployment! These are truly gifts from the heart of America that provide a twofold blessing: the Soldier is blessed to receive them from you and then the family, friend, or loved is blessed again when THEY are the recipient of one of your selfless gifts. Thank you so much and keep them coming!
MAJ M.McG,
Camp X, Iraq



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I didnt know they would go so fast!

An email from a soldier in Iraq, dated 13 Jan 09:



I hope you are doing well. Me I am doing fine. We need some more cards if you have any to spare. I didnt know they would go so fast! =-) I can see how they do lift morale and that most dont like to write letters but with cards they can just put who it is to and who it is from and that helps alot when it comes to hearing from over here to families at home. I am sure of it. =-)


Please take care, May God bless


Hope to hear from you again soon.


Your friend
M.H. =-)



Monday, January 12, 2009

Hit of the second grade show and tell January 12th, 2009

An email from a cardmaker who helped a school make cards to send to the troops:



Just wanted to let you know that several of the children who sent cards to our heroes from Odyssey School here in Newnan [Georgia]) got replies sent to the school and were very excited about it. One little boy who made cards, although he had bandages and other medical contraptions almost up to his elbow as he’d almost cut a finger off the day before, got several replies and is still carrying around the letters and cards the soldiers sent to him in care of the school. Apparently, he was THE hit of the second grade show and tell. So, “Cards for Heroes” was a huge his with the Odyssey Art Club and no doubt will be invited back.



Monday, January 5, 2009

Your beautiful cards make a huge difference!

From a Chaplain in Iraq, dated 05 Jan 09:



Your cards continue to be a blessing to the Washington National Guard soldiers that I work with. When they come to talk with me, after the meeting I guide them to the box of cards and encourage them to take one and write their loved ones. Your beautiful cards make a huge difference!
Thank you,
Chaplain N.