Thursday, May 28, 2009

You have bridged a lot of families

From an airman in Kyrgyzstan:



Thank you again Sandy. We got another box of cards from you. We are good to go for now.

You have bridged a lot of families and touched many lives with your kindness and thoughtfulness.

You are soooo appreciated. Thank you again for all you do. Have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,


CPT S.M.



Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Please keep up the great work

From a soldier in Iraq:



Hi there. I am one of the recipients of your care packages of gift cards. I want to thank you so much for them, they were great and I sent them out to people and they loved them so you might be getting contacted by some of them to join your group. They were beautiful. Please keep up the great work.

Take Care
PFC E.M.



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Know how truly important they are to us

From a soldier in Iraq:



I just wanted to send you another thank you for the wonderful cards that we continue to receive from you guy. You continue to be a blessing every time we pick up pen to card.


We all love to send cards out to our family & friends & sponsors. Know how truly important they are to us these thousands of miles away.


THANK YOU for everything you continue to do in support of the troops!


LTC B.M.



 


Monday, May 25, 2009

I received a Mother's Day card

From a mom!



I received a Mother's Day card (a little late, but I knew it was in the mail!) from my daughter. I never know whether I should disclose her name or location, for security purposes, so I will just thank you for this service. She told me during one of her calls that a box of these greeting cards was made available to them, and she was thrilled! She said greeting cards of any kind, when available to buy, are very expensive. She was excited to be able to commemorate special occasions with loved ones back home, and these were such beautiful cards.
From the both of us, thank you, thank you.



Sunday, May 24, 2009

They went over so well!!

An email from a Guardsman (Guardswoman?) in Iraq; she'd been invited to view the hop, and happened to just receive her first box of cards on the day the hop began:



I actually just recieved a box of cards yesterday in the mail after I e-mailed you! They were beautiful! And they went over so well!! I walked around to each company in my battallion and let people look through to find some, and then left stacks of them in common areas so that as soldiers came in and out they could find some too! Everyone who was around as I walked through with them were so happy to look through and find ones to send home to their kids, spouses, etc. and it was great to see how excited everyone was! I'll have to take a camera around with me next time & send some pictures so you can all see the joy your group has brought!

I will be sure to check out the blog and try to leave a comment on there as well!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day & thanks a million!




K.



Saturday, May 23, 2009

I knew he couldn't have created that himself!

An email from a grateful spouse:



My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan, and I just received a BEAUTIFUL handmade card in the mail from him - I knew he couldn't have created that himself! He had pressed flowers into the card, making it even more special. What a sweet thing you all are doing. I know that not having to purchase or create his own cards is going to make him want to sending them! Thanks for lightening his load and for brightening my day.

One EXTREMELY grateful wife,
Sarah :)



I can't get over how beautiful the cards are

From a National Guardsman in Iraq:



I wanted to drop another line just to say thanks again for everything your group does!! I can't get over how beautiful the cards are & I'm looking forward to seeing more to share with other companies around here!! My friends and family who have received the cards love them and I've been telling everyone to visit your website and I will continue to do so when I get home - I think your organization is just absolutely wonderful and I would love to help get the word out about it!

All of your support is such a blessing and is truely appreciated!

Thank you again and have a great weekend and holiday!

K.K.



Friday, May 22, 2009

Your cards are sooooo beautiful

From a soldier in Iraq:



WOW! Another box of cards!!! The mothers day cards were a hit, the soldiers in my unit really loved them. I set this box out on our community table and they're already the talk of the town. Your cards are sooooo beautiful, and I would like to thank you on behalf of all of us.

SPC M.M.



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We appreciate all the support

From a soldier in Iraq:



Hi Sandy!!! We got all your Fathers Day cards yesterday, thanks. We are going to be here until October/November time frame. I go on leave at the end of June so I will be gone til mid July or so depending on the flights coming back in to my location. It is starting to get pretty warm over here and I am already not looking forward to leaving and coming back into this heat at all. Again thanks for all the cards. We appreciate all the support from your organization.


B.S.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Angels!

From Iraq:



Thank you very much for your beautiful cards. Everyone loves them; they must come from angels!


LTC J.T.



This is a note in an email we just got from a "handoff": when one hero comes home, often they pass the baton to someone else, so this LTC is our new contact! (And yes, cardmakers, you ARE angels!)


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Please tell everyone "Thank You"

An email from an Army Chaplain in Iraq:



We received your cards and they are a great addition to the chapel in ministering to Soldiers. We have a card rack for Soldiers to pick from and we also go out and hand them out to Soldiers.

Yesterday, I had a Soldier who thanked me for the cards. He said that he couldn't find any decent ones at the store but found some in the chapel that his family really liked. So your cards are having a positive impact on our Soldiers. Please tell everyone "Thank You" on behalf of our Soldiers. They look forward to getting them.

The weather here is probably opposite to what you are used to in WA. It is in the 90s and climbing. Very little rain and vegetation. Mostly rocks and dirt.

We have several Soldiers from WA here with us.

Thanks again and God bless,

CH Boulware


 



The email that went back to him contained a link to this video—it has a special meaning to heroes from Washington who are missing home:


 



Saturday, May 9, 2009

Keep up the good work!

Wow!! A note from a military parent!



I just got a call from my daughter-in-law @ Fort Hood. She had just received a Mother's Day card from her husband in Iraq and related to me what a beautiful card it was and how much it meant to her to have received a "CARDS FOR HEROES" card. Thank you to all of you. As an Army retiree spouse my husband and I thank you from the bottom of your hearts for your work. It means the world to all of us. We will be sending your organization a donation--Keep up the good work! You have touched more lives in a postive way than you will probably ever know.



You do an amazing job with the cards

A note that came along with a request for cards today...cardmakers, look at your reputation!



A soldier in another company just recieved a box from you, and I would love to share this with my company! I think what you guys are doing for us is absolutely wonderful and appreciated by everyone touched by your support, from the soldiers to our families. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to the cards and for all of your support!! (And you do an amazing job with the cards, they are beautiful!!)
K.K.



 We're getting more and more requests as word gets out more....so cardmakers, let's get busy! :)


The cards make us want to reach out

An email from a soldier in Iraq, with a photo of her unit!



We have received the cards!! They are sooo beautiful thank you so much for your support to the soldiers and also the families of Bravo Company, DSTB, 1CD. We are most grateful for your kindness. Please pass our gratitude to all of your volunteers. We absolutely love the quality of the cards. Each one is so unique. I’m sure I speak for most when I say that the cards make us want to reach out to people that we haven’t made contact with in years-simply because the cards force you to want to share a smile. I can’t say enough to express our gratefulness.

I have attached a photo of a small section of my large company.


CPT L.C.




Friday, May 8, 2009

Thank you to everyone that participates in this program

From a soldier in Africa, left a message through our website:



Thank you to everyone that participates in this program and donates to such a wonderful organization. I truly appreciate receiving these cards so that I may send notes to my friends and family.


LT A.S.



Thursday, May 7, 2009

*Resources for our heroes & families*

We know that our deployed heroes and families check in on this Hero Blog—so we wanted to share a great link for you! ArmyMom101 is a fantastic site collecting links for support—here's a quote from their site. Check them out!



"The primary purpose of Army Mom 101 is to provide a listing of clickable links and detailed descriptions at the 2009 level for support from legitimate organizations which offer support, care packages and assistance to U.S. Military Personnel and/or their families. Army Mom 101 is a resource tool for military connected individuals providing links to resources that may have gone otherwise unnoticed."



Thanks, ArmyMom101, for listing CFH!




Monday, May 4, 2009

The cards are so creative that we write more often

From a soldier in Iraq, dated 04 May 09:



I'm currently stationed in Baghdad Iraq. I'm a RN at Ibn Sina Hopsital and we recieved some of your cards. The staff and I love them. We go through them and write home all the time thanks to you. The cards are so beautiful, fun and creative that we want to write more often. My friend and I (both girls) always pick out cards for the guys to send home to their wives and kids. They write the cards and we make sure they actually get in the mail. I know my family loves hearing from me and they always comment on how nice the cards are...I guess it's my new hobby....writing home to people. Thank you so much for your support and cards!



All they cared about . . .

An email from a soldier in Afghanistan, dated 04 May 09:



I have a hilarious story to share with you. I am from Tennessee and we just had several tornadoes run through middle Tennessee. The news was telling everyone to take cover. My two teenage daughters and two toddler sons went into a closet that is under our stairs (our safest place in our house). My Mom went in to check on them after the storm had passed and all four of them were asleep. She looked down and both girls had taken some important things with them (just in case the house blew away and that is all that survived) Both girls had their shoebox with all of your cards in them, their arms wrapped tightly around it. My oldest had her prom dress, prom shoes and prom jewelry also! I thought it was hilarious because they were convinced that the house was going to blow away and that is all they cared about. Too funny.


CW3 T.B.



What a touching testimony about what these cards mean to the families at home . . . the notes from Mom are a treasure to these little ones!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Almost all of the cards have been taken in only one hour

From a soldier in Iraq:



On behalf of the 47th Combat Support Hospital we would like to extend our appreciation for your package which we received on April 17, 2009. The impact mail has on the morale of soldiers is unimaginable. The cards you send were a hit! Between some 100+ soldiers almost all of the cards have been taken in only one hour which we have offered them out. While deployed
we have the opportunity to send mail for free up to a certain weight. Being able to get a free card and free postage has been an incredible morale boost and support to the soldiers. It better enables them to keep in touch with their spouses, children, and other loved ones. The handmade cards add a big personal touch! All packages we receive are distributed out amongst the soldiers of the unit and the patients which they care for.

Chaplain H and Specialist B make up the Unit Ministry Team (UMT). We provide support to all soldiers and patients. The UMT plays an essential role in religious support and morale of the soldiers. Often soldiers will come to us seeking moral, ethical, and spiritual guidance. It is our goal to provide the best care and support to them as possible! We are able to support our Soldiers because we have support from the amazing citizens of our Great Nation!

Your dedication to supporting Soldiers is appreciated so much! Sending more cards would be wonderful, especially blank, birthday, and holiday specific cards such as Father's Day! Thank you so much for everything!

SPC S.B.