Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wish I had someone to video tape all of our expressions

An email from a soldier in Iraq:



Today our Chaplain bought a box to our dayroom and he told us there were cards in the box. I wish I had someone to video tape all of our expressions as we went through the box. The cards are beautiful!! I really enjoyed them. You guys really have talent!! But from all of the soldiers at the Xst Sustainment Brigade, I want to say THANK YOU!! We really appreciate what you are doing. It really makes a soldier feel great when we receive mail or special gifts.

God Bless YOU!!

SSG M.L.



Monday, June 29, 2009

His “favorite” father’s day card

An excerpt of an email from the homefront!



My name is M.R. My husband is a Naval Officer currently deployed on IA to Iraq. I was able to travel the last 2 weeks to visit our families on the East Coast. My dad was so excited to show me his “favorite” father’s day card- a handmade card sent to him by my husband. My parents were sure that I had made it because before he left I had given my husband a big box of cards for various occasions that I made. This one wasn’t mine though.

When I talked to him about it, my husband told me that he had picked them up for free at the chapel and that there were lots of them there for the troops to choose from. I thought that it was such a nice thing to do. By the time I finally arrived home from our trip I had decided that I too could make cards to send. I found the Cardsforheroes.org site through google. I asked my husband but he wasn’t sure who supplied the cards at his base and said they didn’t have any marking on the back of them - and even if it is another group supplying cards there, Cardsforheroes.org seems to fit the bill for me.
...

M.R.



Loveliest, sweetest cards I have laid eyes on!

From a Sailor in Afghanistan:



It seems wrong to be emailing you when you have just sent me a box full of some of the loveliest, sweetest cards I have laid eyes on! Thank you so so so very much for the thoughtful gift to our command. I know that I personally was getting tired of sending correspondence on legal notebook paper! I've already distributed several handfuls to folks, and will be dropping off the rest in the MWR area after work this evening. Thank you a thousand times over, I can't imagine how there could be more care packed into a care package...

Warmest regards,

S.F.



The box was 1/2 empty

From a soldier in Iraq:



We received the cards and they are beautiful and so well put together. I just wanted to thank you and your organization for taking the time and effort to put these together for us. I put them in the office (after I took out the ones I wanted) and when I checked today and the box was 1/2 empty. I figure today more will be gone. My tour ends in September and when I return to the states and would love to help out in your organization in any way I can. I think it is great. I received the cards for SPC S. and SGT B.* I located SPC S. on email and asked him where he works so that I can drop his card off. I was unable to locate SGT B. but I will keep trying. Again thank you and God bless you and your family.


MAJ K.B.



*Cards were sent for two heroes at this location who were recently on television.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

They are absolutely adorable

From an Army Chaplain in Iraq:



I received the box of cards today. They are absolutely adorable. So far everyone that stopped by loved them and took a couple or so with them. Thank God for your service to soldiers.

Blessings,

CH(LTC) T. A. L.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I will be sure to send one to my wife.

From a soldier in Afghanistan:



Thank you so much for sending these cards to my Unit. We currently do not have access to cards and other stationary items and are dependent on receiving them from the states. It was a very nice surprise to receive the box. There are plenty to go around for the troops. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate you and your followers taking the time to do something like this for the troops. We are grateful. I will be passing your information on to other Units so that they may also be able to receive such a great gift from your organization. Once again thank you.

Respectfully,

A.H.
CW2 U.S. Army

P.S. I will be sure to send one to my wife.



Lots of soldiers are using them

From a soldier in Iraq:




Thank you so much and I love the cards. They are great. I have an office full of girls and they love the cards too. I could request another shipment in about 2 months that would be great. I love to share and lots of soldiers are using them. They look like so much care has
went into the preparation on the cards. I love it and thank everyone so very much.

CPT K.V.



Saturday, June 20, 2009

Lot of oohs and aahs

From a soldier in Iraq:



Greetings,

Imagine our delight yesterday when we received 35 boxes filled with approximately 518 bags of Seattle's Best coffee in many wonderful flavors. The Chaplain declared you all Angels and is excited to get his free Coffee Hut operational! Thanks so much and I will ensure to mail you a picture with all the grateful coffee lovers in our area!

On a different but just as important note, we used up all the Father's Day and School's Out cards that you and your lovely team made for us. Those were some pretty cards that received a lot of oohs and aahs from male and female Soldiers alike. It is so reassuring to know that we are here fighting and sacrificing for folks like you all. Thanks a million for all that you do.

God Bless You!

Warmest Regards,
T.M.



This unit received a case of coffee, thanks to a contact CFH has over at Soldier's Angels. They had a huge coffee donation from Borders that they needed to get out there before it expired in their warehouse. They were asking for contact names and addresses for units who not only could accept a full case of coffee, but who we could contact ahead of time to be sure they were still at that address and willing to receive it. We have a lot of email contacts, so provided them with about 20 names and addresses once we were able to connect with our people. What a thrill to help with more than cards!


Friday, June 19, 2009

They were a huge hit

From a Sailor in Iraq:



Thank you for the huge box of handmade cards. They were a huge hit as I passed them out to the Marines. Everyone took several to mail home to loved ones. The remaining cards will be distributed to the Marines and Sailors of my unit whom are serving throughout Al Anbar Province.

As I travel to visit the Marines and Sailors, it is great to be able to share items from back home with them. Half of my unit's personnel are spread over several large bases. The other half are on small outposts along the Iraqi border. These smaller outposts have no access to the creature comforts of those on the bigger bases. Care package items carry great meaning to them all.

Even though our batallion is thousands of miles from home; care packages and letters from home help with the distance. We appreciate your gift, your support, and your prayers!

LT C.M., Chaplain



This has a big impact on morale

From a soldier in Iraq:



On behalf of the Xth Combat Support Hospital we want to say thank you for your letter and package we received on May 19, 2009. Soldiers love to sift through the cards and I see many of them walk away with 5 or more cards in their hands! It's such a blessing to them and they continually thank us for allowing them to take as they please. Most of them ask where they came from and I've given them your URL. I know this has a big impact on morale and they're always looking forward to new shipments! The Father's Day cards are amazing! They came in plenty of time for the Soldiers to pick them out and send them off. They constantly ask us when we're getting more! It's so exciting to see them when I tell them we got a fresh batch! Many of them have asked me to thank you on their behalf. Thank you so very much!

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. Soldiers often come to us seeking moral, ethical, and spiritual guidance. It is our goal to provide them the best care and support possible. We are able to encourage our Soldiers because we have support from amazing citizens like you of our Great Nation!

Thank you for your kindness to our soldiers,

SPC S.B.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

Needless to say now they are all gone

From a soldier in Iraq:



I was in a co-workers office the other day and saw the cards you sent. They were wonderful. The selection of cards at the PX here in Baghdad is terrible. I took a few and showed them to my co-workers and they to thought they were great. (needless to say now they are all gone). I would like to receive a box to share with the soldiers here at X Base. We thank you for all you do!



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Please, keep the cards coming!

From a soldier in Iraq—comment left on this Hero Blog:



Greetings from Baghdad! Got your package the other day with all the beautiful cards in it! Never realized that there was an organization that did this kind of thing, How wonderful and thoughtful. I just was made in charge of our MWR "card" commitee for the unit. So anytime there is a birthday, anniversary, birth, death, etc in the unit, I will be getting a card around for everyone to sign and give to that individual. So please, keep the cards coming! Nothing is better than getting something handmade from our loved ones back home... I think we are all doing our part. Some here...some back home! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.


S.O.



Thursday, June 11, 2009

The cards are great!!

From a Soldier in Afghanistan:



Thank you so much!! I got the box yesterday! The cards are great!! We really appreciate them.


S.K.



Sunday, June 7, 2009

I admire and respect you

A comment left on this Hero Blog!!



Good Morning everyone, I am currently stationed on Al Asad, Iraq. THANKS so much for the wonderful cards!!! All of them are beautiful and I had a lot of trouble picking just a few. They were very expressive and the quality of work you all put into it was amazing. It is awesome citizens like you all who make what we do worthwhile. I admire and respect you for your dedication to us, generosity with your personal time and your ability to constantly put others before self. I am proud to have you as fellow American citizens and will do my best all the time to contribute to the greater good! I was very impressed with the quality of your work so to: Amy S, Leslie, Marissa and family, AW from TN, Jody, Katrina, ppaminpatti, D, Meaghan B, ST, Paula, Laura, Betty, Marge, MCK and all the other AWESOME volunteers, again THANK YOU! You have left a lasting impression on the Marines here at my Unit (3rd Battalion/3rd Marines) and we are very grateful for your hard work! Take Care
Denise



Saturday, June 6, 2009

The cards that people wrote in

An email from someone who received an AnyHero letter:



I just wanted to thank you for the cards, especially the ones that people wrote in. That really lifted my spirits. Thanks for all that you do and God bless.


R.T.



Friday, June 5, 2009

Words cannot adequately express my heartfelt thanks

From a new Navy contact in Afghanistan:



Words cannot adequately express my heartfelt thanks to you and the women who made all those cards. They are AWESOME!! The detail on them is incredible. I will display them for all the sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen to look through. I know they will appreciate them as much as I do. I would also like to thank you so much for the personal note.* It makes a HUGE difference. All is well in Camp [X], Afghanistan. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of fine Americans like yourself and the women who take the time to make the cards with lots of love, care and prayers.


Hope the garden is blooming and you have the green terrorists retreating,* and that your 'best buddies' are doing well.
With warm regards,
G.B.



*referencing chatty comments in an AnyHero letter....these letters really do mean so much to them!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I have been telling everyone who will listen about you

From a Chaplain in Iraq:



Our time in Iraq is winding down. I have been so blessed with all of the support you have given us. the soldiers really appreciate the cards that you have been sending us. it makes it so easy to stay in contact with our loved ones. I hope you don't mind but I have been telling everyone who will listen about you. I was wondering if you would be able to help the chaplain that is replacing me. If you could send him some boxes of cards they would love it. I will have to look you up when we get back to [location]. Thank you again for you support.


CH A.N.