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.

Cards are awesome...hung in our little TV room area

First of all let me thank you for all your support, I am the Platoon Sergeant for 26 Soldiers and I wish you could see the faces of my men when we receive care packages from people like yourself, we always appreciate anything you send. And those cards are awesome, we loved them very much and some are even hung in our little TV room area.

Well the weather here has gotten really hot, the temperature normally hangs around the 90's, but overall everything is going very well for the platoon. We have been shooting a lot more lately which is good for us cause it keeps us busy and bad for the enemy because it keeps them scared and unwilling to operate within our area of operation. I sent you a great picture of one of my sections live firing at the enemy and you can even see the round coming out of the tube, the round weighs approximately 98 lbs. and the howitzer weighs 15,935 lbs, we sure deal with some big and heavy stuff, but the men throughout the platoon do a lot of physical fitness and we enjoy our job. Its funny how you mention whiffle ball because I was born and raised in Brooklyn and we played that all the time right on the block when I was a youngster. Here in FOB Boris we also BBQ every Friday. We have built a very good working relationship with our cooks in the chow hall so they give us some steaks, chicken, hotdogs and burgers and we BBQ every Friday. It’s kinda like our platoon thing on Friday’s cause we all always look forward to it. Well I’ll keep in touch and talk to you later.

SGT W.R.

Used your cards to give them a warm fuzzy feeling

I came across your cards when I was transitioning from Manas AB to Bagram and I fell in love with them. Thank you for what you do.

This is my first time in Afghanistan and my family back at home is so worried about me. I used your cards to give them a warm fuzzy feeling and to tell them I’m doing okay and that everything is fine. I’m so glad you have folks out there who make these cards for us. AAFES has cards, but it’s not the same.

Thank you and your team for thinking about our Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors.


SSG E.M.


Support from everyone across the country

I wanted to say Thank you for the box of cards! They are all so great!! It is so nice to see all the support from everyone across the country. Thank again!!


SPC S.K.


Friday, July 24, 2009

A sweet series of notes...

First came a paypal donation from an unknown name, and our response: "Thank you so very much for your donation - it means yet one more box of beautiful cards will be in the hands of our heroes!!!" And his response, which just took my breath away:

Actually, it means the cards made it to Iraq, one made it to my hands, and then the card made it half way around the world to my wife, who was duly impressed.

http://kristinlaflamme.com/musings/?p=1075

She had posted this beautiful card on her blog. Be sure to click the link above that the hero provided so you can read the story for yourself!

If you're the cardmaker for this one, please email us and let us know - we'd love to credit you on the photo!!






This is the note written by the husband as a comment on the blog, if you missed it when going to the link above.

I thought it was the most awesome one in the box! The group sent one of this GIANT flat-rate USPS boxes, just jammed full of all kinds of awesome cards — we were all like kids in the candy store, sifting through birthday cards, I love you cards, and so many other kinds. It was one of the neatest care packages I have seen in a long, long time.





Later another email came from the hero:



Love your program. I'd never heard of it, but it's stuck in my head now, for sure.


As an aside, I have to say -- I am duly impressed with the full-throttle approach of the group. Twitter? Facebook? Myspace? A blog? I think you all are hitting all the big ones! I think you are likely doing more to reach out and interact with your supporters, than most rock bands do.

And you get extra cool points for the creative commons licensing.

So, when does the iPhone app come out?



Anybody have a contact at Apple who can make us an iPhone app for cardmaking?? Maybe it can make digicards....lol!


One final note from the blogger, who we asked permission from to repost:



Of course you can put the card in your gallery and link to my blog too if you'd like. I have already gotten many lovely comments presumably from people who have read your tweets and FB post. I love letting folks know that not only is their work reaching soldiers, but they and their families really appreciate the cardmakers' hard work and wonderful creativity. :-)


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Perfect timing!

We just got the box of cards today. Perfect timing! The other day, I was looking out thinking that the card rack looked like it was getting low.

Thank you for the cards and let everyone know that they are going to good use. I had someone come in the other night and say that this was the only place they could get cards that they needed and wanted.

It's a real morale booster for Soldiers and civilians.

Thanks again and God bless,

CH J.B.


Monday, July 13, 2009

You put something special in our day

Thank you for all your support! You put something special in our day. From the soldiers of TF Spartan, thank you!

SFC J.S.


Heroes loving their coffee


This was so fun we had to share it here....CFH helped Soldier's Angels get a huge donation of coffee out to deployed service members. This 24" x 36" poster came from one happy unit!

I cannot begin to show how much they mean

On hearing we received his handwritten note:

Glad to read you received the card. They really do mean alot. Actually I am sitting here writing another one. They have come in handy so often. I love to write! Thanks so much for what you do. I cannot begin to show how much they mean to me. So please pass my appreciation to the many who donate time and resources to make the cards.

G.B.


Friday, July 10, 2009

The cards they hang on the fireplace

I received the box of cards today, it was enjoyed by all...not only the letters written to 'hero' but the numerous handmade cards. We all have family and friends that we love to keep up with and these cards will help us do that. These cards will be enjoyed by a lot more than just the Soldiers sending them. I cannot thank you enough!

After some of the Soldiers in my section grabbed a few, I gave the rest to our Chaplain as they reach more. I can tell you that these cards are better than any store bought cards and love that goes into them will carry on. I am a mother of two and my children don't get to hear my voice very often, but the cards they hang on the fireplace...something they cherish during our time apart. Again thank you.

Sincerely,
M.B.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

I always sent my love

From a soldier in Kuwait:



Again, the cards and packages have made such a difference to us all. I know personally how much [my wife] and the girls have loved them. She has kept all of them in boxes, so that they will keep them and know that no matter where I was, I always sent my love.

Thank you so much!

JC



Grand opening of "The Area 51 Morale Center"

Excerpts from a long newsletter from a Soldier in Iraq:



Greetings everyone! It's July! Wow, time flies when you are in the desert. And I'm afraid I owe everyone an apology. I've been so swamped with work, I haven't been able to keep up. I'm sorry but my job requirements are increased and I am unable to send individual thank-you's to everyone. I don't want to stop what I'm doing, so I've had to find ways to make it less time consuming.

Instead of SPC P.H. I'm now SGT P.H. I know military addresses are kind of confusing. SPC is an abbreviation for the rank Specialist, and SGT is an abbreviation for the rank Sergeant. Yes, I've been promoted. In addition, my boss went on vacation and I've been in charge of the Communications shop since he's been gone. Sufficed to say, with my new rank and increased responsibilities, I haven't had much free time.


I am pleased to announce, that on the third of July, we had the grand opening of "The Area 51 Morale Center." With almost 45-50 soldiers in attendance it was quite the party. In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and cake, we had music, a dominoes and spades tournament, and a Wii bowling tournament (all with prizes). Our morale table was well stocked with snacks, personal hygiene items, blank cards, powdered drink mix, and health care items.


I now have five wall lockers to store everything for Area 51. Two for food and snacks, one for games, one for hygiene/health items, and one to store the boxes of care packages that I distribute to soldiers. Once a month we will be having morale event at the center, similar to the one at the grand opening. I am pleased to announce that the Area 51 Morale center has been very well received, both by the soldiers it is serving, and my chain of command.

However, this event (and the entire morale center itself) would not have been possible without your help. On behalf of Headquarters Support Company I-Corps, I would like to offer you a most sincere thanks for your continued support.

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some of the individuals and organizations that have instrumental in improving the morale in my unit:


* *[long list of donations, including:]


Cards for Heroes (www.cardsforheroes.org) sent us a large box
beautiful handmade cards to mail to our loved one's back home.


* *


Thank you once again for your assistance and your time!


SGT P.H, Morale Coordinator



Wow, how impressive!

From an Airman in Iraq:



I just wanted to let you know I received the box of cards you sent and wow, how impressive! What a great thing to do for us while we are over here. I shared them with the folks in my unit and the remainder are going to the USO here where thousands of service men pass through every day. Your cards will make a big difference for a large number of folks. If they would like more for the USO, do you want me to let you know? 

Thanks for all of your kindness,

C.R., LtCol, USAF



Great news!!! The cards have arrived!

From a soldier in Kuwait:



Great news!!! The cards have arrived! Thank you so much, they are beautiful. I put 2 very cute cards in the mail today for my girls. Our replacements will be here in a few days, and I will pass along your contact information to my counterpart. I know that he will be very excited to be able to help provide these cards to our Soldiers. I know that the new Soldiers will love them.



Thank you again!!!


J.C.



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Such a cool idea

From a soldier in Iraq requesting cards:



I was told about your donations by another soldier within our base. He had cards and I thought it was such an awesome idea. We do not have access to any kind of greeting cards and I thought this was such a cool idea. He showed me a few of the cards he had and I thought they were so neat. I would love to be able to offer something like this to the soldiers I work with. Thank you for what you are doing. God Bless!


MSG M.M.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I cannot thank you enough

From the wife of an Airman deployed in Iraq:



I talked to my husband today July 7th and he said that he already recieved the cards. I am very impressed with your quick response. I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work for our troops. He will give the extra cards to the new USO center that just opened there this past weekend.



I have about 50 cards done so far and will send them to you soon.

With deepest appreciation,


L.R.



Makes it that much easier to be doing our duty

From a soldier in Iraq:



I got the box of BEAUTIFUL handmade cards that you sent...thanks so much for caring. My guys appreciated the last box so much and I'm sure this box will be just as popular! It is especially reassuring that so many different folks from around the country are taking the time to think and act for the troops. Makes it that much easier and rewarding to be doing our duty...so thanks again.


T.M.



Sunday, July 5, 2009

One of the most fervent fans is my five year old

From an Army Chaplain in Iraq:



Hello,
My team and I are so very happy for the cards we received. They have come to us like a gift from above. You ought to call yourself an angel. We are so humbly honored be the recipients of such great gift made with love across the United Stated just for us. The team have used the cards and shared with others here in Baghdad. Everyone that sees the cards are amazed and ask who did them. They are very thankful to have the cards and sometimes they comment that there is no excuse not to send one of these beautiful cards to make somebody smile back home.


One of the cards most fervent fans is my five year old daughter... not to mention all the brownie points I gained with my beloved wife. We thank you and cards for heroes so very much for what you are doing for us and for our families. Continue to bring smiles to every Soldier's heart.


Ohhh, almost forgot! The coffee from Soldiers Angels made yet another home run with everyone
- the coffee will keep us alert for a good long time.


I promise that we will continue to do our best and make you proud by protecting our beautiful people and bringing freedom to our most precious nation. May God bless you always!

vr,
jot



Saturday, July 4, 2009

They are so lovely and funny

From a soldier in Afghanistan, requesting a box of cards:



My Best Friend SPC V. was traveling through Bagram and found these and brought some back to our small FOB with her. They are so lovely and funny, thank You for sharing them with us!



It made my really bad day that much brighter

From a Marine wife who just requested a box for her husband:



My husband Jason is among the 4,000 marines that has been recently talked about all over the news. He's been gone since May 03rd and it's felt like so, so much longer. Our guys only had one month and a half to train, in the middle of all that we were married. He's one of the few men that genuinely wanted to go, he was suppose to get out in August and now he chose to push that back to February because he could not leave our men this time.


It's been so difficult, I write not only him daily, but several other of his friends who don't have many people. I miss them all terribly.


Today I recieved a beautiful card from him and found your website on the back of it. Thank you SO much for making this possible, it made my really bad day that much brighter. Thank you so much for all the work you guys have put into this, we really appreciate everything!



They were gone within minutes

From an Airman in Afghanistan:



We received the box yesterday. Thank you so very much. They were gone within minutes....if you have any excess cards is there any way you could send some more out here????

SrA D.G.



 


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The cards are so creative

From a contractor in Iraq:



Dear Cards for Heroes:

Wanted to express my appreciation for all the work that goes into creating each card. The cards are so creative, I've sent a number of them to my wife, and I know she enjoys them.

I am a civilian government employee deployed with the troops here in Baghdad. The troops here also appreciate the cards.

Thanks again so much,

Sincerely,

P.L.



Never been called a "superhero" before

From a soldier in Afghanistan in response to an AnyHero letter:


I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write me. It means a lot to me. I have never been called a "superhero" before, it made me laugh! Thank you. I hope that all is goign well with you and yours. Hope the weather there is great. Stay safe and God bless.


K.A.L.