Friday, December 31, 2010

From the General himself!

Dear Ms. Allnock,

Thank you and the members of Operation Write Home for the generous, handcrafted Name Day, Birthday, and Thank You note cards. I am truly thankful for you taking the time to send me a this unique care package so close to Christmas, and to receive so many cards in the Polish language was quite unexpected. As you probably know from your mother, sending a card on a name day is an important tradition in Poland and I am delighted to be able to send these cards even from Afghanistan.

Thank you for your participation in this important program, Operation Write Home, which I am certain brings great joy to many American Soldiers and their families. On a personal level, it is gratifying for me to know that there are Polish Americans around the world, who care about those helping Polish Soldiers overseas.

I wish you health and prosperity in the New Year.

Szczęśliwego Nowego 2011 Roku !

v/r - J. N.
The General is on the left in the photo. The cards made especially for him were on this blog post.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Completely appreciated!

Email received by a cardmaker...

Thank you so much for taking the time to create such beautiful note cards for us to send home to our families!! Your efforts in supporting us troops is completely appreciated! Thanks again and have a very happy new year!

SSG A. M. T.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Ms. Cochran,

On behalf of the Soldiers of 2d Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Strykehorse Squadron.

Your support does not go unnoticed here at FOB Cobra, FOB Edge and our manned checkpoints. Your gifts have had an immediate positive effect on morale. We are honored with your efforts as part of Operation Write Home. Our Troopers are extremely appreciative of your actions.

We are gratefully humbled by your kindness. While we are away from family and friends, your generosity and support consistently remind us of why we choose to serve. Our heartfelt thanks are extended to you and all the supporters of our Soldiers.

J.P.I., Lieutenant Colonel, US Army

They included a nice certificate with the letter too!

Polish Name Day cards

Dear Sandy,
Thank you so very much for the Polish Name Day cards and birthday cards. They arrived just in time for Andrzej's Name Day.

Additionally, the cards were perfect! General N was shocked. He said the words/phrases were commonly used in Poland and properly used on the cards - your research was obviously correct. Thanks again!
This day was so important to my co-worker Andrzej that three Polish Officers actually walked to our camp to wish him a happy day. Hugs and cheek kisses were also exchanged. Later that evening we ate pizza together to celebrate his day. Overall I think everyone enjoyed the cards the most.

Thank you so very much for the support!
Sincerely,
Maj L.A.

The last box was gone in a matter of days!

Thanks for blessing our Seabees with such beautiful Christmas cards! We're quite amazed at how nice they are made.
We appreciate your time, care, and effort in providing cards for us. It really makes a difference! The last box was gone in a matter of days!
We leave Afghanistan shortly after the new year, so the Christmas cards were a great way to wrap up!
Merry Christmas!
Chaps +


(Isn't it sweet that we get to call him "Chaps"!)

Putting them to good use

Thanks again for the generous number of cards you've provided. All of my colleagues out here in Kandahar, Afghanistan are putting them to good use! You provide a wonderful service. Thanks again!
Best,
LCDR D.K., US Navy

Cookies, what a nice surprise!

Thank you so much for the new box of cards. I get so many wonderful comments on how beautiful and thoughtful each card is. You all do amazing work!

We also received the Valentine's Day cards and a box full of cookies, what a nice surprise!

I hope you had a great holiday. Thanks again for your support!
Maj L.F.

The unity of our nations

This is a handwritten sentiment  - and comes from the unit associated with our Polish General, so it's perfectly appropriate!

May the closeness of friends,
the comforts of home,
and the unity of our nations
renew your spirits this holiday season.
Sincerely,
Maj L.A., Camp Eggers, Afghanistan

Monday, December 27, 2010

I wrote 8 cards out right away

A message left for us on our Facebook page:

Thank you all so much for the Box of cards. They came in on Christmas night. I wrote 8 cards out right away for my kids, wife and a girl scout troop that sent me a box of goodies. I placed the box on our free to anyone table and in less than 2 days all the cards were gone. They were so AWESOME!
Thanks
SFC S. D. R.
Bagram
Afghanistan

Can I talk you into sending me another box please?

Hi! I'm one of the people on your distribution list and I would like to say "thank you" from all of us here at ISAF Headquarters, Kabul. I've been sharing the cards with the entire building so they are going really
really fast. Can I talk you into sending me another box please?

We still have some birthday and thank you cards but the I miss you cards, especially those that can go to kids are going fast. If at all possible can I have mostly those? Everyone has been writing a card a
week to each of their kids and it helps them feel they are a part of the process.

Again, I can't tell you how much we love and appreciate these cards - they make a world of difference and help so so much. I wish I had better words to describe how much we appreciate them.

Very Respectfully,

J.T, E6

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Putting them to good use!

Thanks again for the generous number of cards you've provided. All my colleagues out here in Kandahar, Afghanistan are putting them to good use! You provide a wonderful service. Thanks again!
Best,
LCDR D.K., Navy

Monday, December 20, 2010

Coming Home Soon

OWH,

As our tour winds down here I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the support you have shown us over the past year. It often goes unsaid but, Thank You. Whether it was a holiday, birthday or just any other day there was always a card in the back room that could be sent home to those we love and miss so much. The PX could not be counted on to have any cards much less the one that you need but OWH was always there to ensure that we could reach home and show them that we care. OWH and all of the staff are truly amazing and I speak for all the “JOKERS” when I say from the bottom of our hearts - THANK YOU!

1SG J. W.
aka "Joker 7"
Afghanistan

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The soldiers were quick to snatch them up

Sandy,
We so much appreciate the beautiful cards you sent us. The soldiers were quick to snatch them up and were very thankful for the personal touch. It means a lot to have such meaningful support. I also loved the picture on the mascot. He reminds me of my Golden Doodle back home!
God Bless you for your servant's heart and spirit.

Chaplain (MAJ) P.A.F.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What exceptional artistic abilities!

To the crew of Operation Write Home,
Thank you all very much for the beautiful handmade cards. What exceptional artistic abilities! It has been such a treat to pick individual cards for my loved ones back in the States! I always write in all my cards what a wonderful supportive organization you all ahve. Everyone here at Bastion Hospital has been more than impressed...keep up the great work. Thank you!
Merry Christmas!
Lt C.A., U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

I understand how much work goes into making the cards

These cards are absolutely beautiful! I have them out y the door of my aid station for all of our soldiers. Thank you so very much. And please late all the other makers know just how much they are appreciated.

My mother and I also scrapbook and make cards. I took a lot of pictures to send to her for new ideas. Her new "toy" is a cricut that we absolutely love to use. She lives with me back home and we have half the living room (which is probably 25x12) turned into our scrapping nook. I say all that to let you know that I understand how much work goes into making the cards!
Thank you again!
SPC A.A.

My family really likes to receive those cards

Dear Operation Write Home,

Thank you so much for the beautiful handcrafted cards. My family really likes to receive those cards.

It also provides better opportunity to reach out to our friends and family.

We appreciate all you do.

Sincerely,
Maj. V.H.

Yesterday I got a very nice card

Sandy,

Thanks for what you and your volunteers do. Yesterday I got a very nice card from Bridget and a nice colored picture of a dog with a wonderful note from Emily from Forestville, Door County, "Wisconson," and a great letter from COL (ret) Stephen and his wife May.

With great gratitude and respect,
Lt Col G.L.

Cookies arrived in Kabul!

THANK SO MUCH......we appreciate the cards and cookies! -Maj C.O.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Note from a Kansas Jayhawk fan!

Greetings from Iraq! I can't begin to tell you how grateful we are for the box of Christmas cards from Operation Write Home! What an incredible blessing! The cards are a true work of art and have been fun to send to our family and friends.

I received the box you send and our team quickly distributed them! I have attached a photo of our Advisor team after I received the cards.

I wish I could better express our "heartfelt" grattitude for your graciousness to our servicemen and women. Thank you!

May God richly bless you and Operation Write Home.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Respectfully,
G.S.

P.S. I'm a Kansas Jayhawker! My wifes family resides in Overland Park and Leawood KS. Neat to see that you sent from our heartland - Olathe, KS.

**I was a Jayhawk fan until my son went to Kansas State University. Now I'm a Wildcat fan! Will root for the Jayhawk's when they aren't playing the Wildcats.




Monday, December 13, 2010

A Blessing Across the Globe

I received a delightful card today...

Dear Ms. Dixie,

You and your mission, team, and kindness is beyond words of praise. That sentiment echoes theatre wide here amongst service members.

Personally, I testify that my daughter of 4 and my son of 2 think they still have a father who cares enough to send them cheer from afar. My motivation is lifted by your generosity. To see and have your packages here is encouraging to stop work and think of family...to be happy to send them a smile, pictured on a greeting card and expressed in words. I admit, I would not have been so good about it if it were not so "handy" and right here at our fingertips. Thanks to you and ALL. I looked forward to the opportunity to see what cards I could mail home. Thank you - thank you - thank you.

May God continue to bless you and through you a Blessing to so many others across our globe.

From a grateful Soldier and Family

Sunday, December 12, 2010

When I return home to my home base in England

My office here in Afghanistan just received a box of your cards. I never knew of your organization, had never even thought of the idea of cards like this. But these are just beautiful and it is very apparent that someone put alot of time and effort into making them. I took a number, to send to friends and my parents and even my boyfriend who is posted on an air craft carrier in Italy. It really made my day to write these cards out and I just wanted you to know how much they are being enjoyed.

I hope that when I return home to my home base in England to make time, perhaps even have a party with my grilfriends, to make cards like this to send to someone who would enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the ones we received from you.

Thank you!

P.A.
ISAF Joint Command
Kabul, Afghanistan

You truly made our lives bearable

Three hero notes in one card!
Thank you very much for all the cards that have been sent out here. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that were put into making all of these cards. They've really come in handy for us here in the office, and all of the Marines/Sailors here at Camp Leatherneck. They've really helped us stay in touch with our family and friends back in the states. We sincerely thank you for everything you are doing and all your hard work.
Thank you!
W.P, RPSN

Greetings from Afghanistan!
I thank you very much for the beautiful cards you made for us. They are so unique and wonderfully crafted. I love them very much and  they come inhandy especially in this remote place. Thank you for the time and efforts you put in. You truly made our lives bearable.
Thank you!
D.T.

Thank you and God Bless!
RPt M.

Miss my first Christmas together with my hubby

Thanks so much for the box of cards you sent. I use a ton of them along with soldiers who are constantly coming and going. I can't believe Christmas is around the corner. I'm going to miss my first Christmas together with my hubby...how sad!!! I just hope this is my last deployment for a while.

Anyway, thanks again!
SGT D.D.

Another thankyou from NATO troops!

To Operation Write Home:
Thank you so much for your continued support for our troops here at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan! I pass along cards, a handful as I can, and they use them to write home from the hospital if they can.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication for our troops !
D.C, Role 3 NATO Hospital

These are the greatest things

I just wanted to thank you very much for the box of cards. These are the greatest things and are a great way to drop notes back to my wife, family, and friends. So glad to know there are people out there that want to help us out. This is a great program. Thanks again, the cards that stay here after I leave will be used by my replacement.
CSM W.W.

I like to use your cards to write my three kids

Hi, I want to thank y'all for making sure we have plenty of cards to write home. I'm a soldier, and I will be away from home for a year. I like to use your cards to write my three kids. I can usually find cards with animals or flowers. I think my kids like those.

God bless you,
D.F., CPT, US Army

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Carried his card around for a few hours

Thanks for your support and all that you do! My company so far has received 3 packages from you. I am writing to let you know we are using the cards. I have four children aged 7, 5, 3, and 1 and I sent my older 3 kids cards they loved getting cards from me. My middle boy decided he liked them so much that he wrote all over it. My younger boy Johnny (3), carried his card around for a few hours and had my wife read the card multiple times.
I appreciat ethe time and money that you have put into this project and wanted to let you kno that it helps me and my family. Again, thanks for all that you and your organization does for us.
Sincerely,
CPT T.S, Commanding

It's obvious

I really wanted to pass on our thanks for the cards we received from OWH! It's obvious that the folks who design the cards really love what they do - they are beautiful! We really enjoy sending them to our families and friends. So from Al-Faw Palace in Baghdad - THANK YOU!
-D.C.

Friday, December 10, 2010

You REALLY energize us and keep us going

We have received your box of Valentine cards today. Thank you so much for your support.

Attached is a picture of my team. Supporters like you REALLY energize us and keep us going while we are out here.

Thanks also for the signed Christmas cards from people all over the country that you included in the box (and I love how you always include a picture of your cute dog as well...LOL)

Take care! Merry Christmas!
Very Respectfully,

CW2 S.A.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Playing Army

"The cards you and everyone's hard work is so appreciated. When I opened the boxes, all you could hear were oohhh's and aaahhh's. I've never had the creativity as those that make the cards, that's my wife's area. I'm just fortunate she let's me play Army. I only take a few cards to send to family and the rest I put on our "free table" and by morning the box will be empty. Everyone here loves the cards and it helps keep in touch with many families around the world. I've even passed cards on to many of our allies (French, Polish and others).

Thanks for making the connection easier, S. R.

**Read this to my husband and daughter at dinner. We all chuckled at the "let's me play Army" comment. I said that his wife's crafting and his playing Army didn't equal out. Daughter said "Yes it does.....those scissors are dangerous and paper cuts are lethal." LOL!!!!

They are awesome!

We received the box today, they are awesome!!!!! I still say there are some talented folks out there. Thanks for sending them....

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
G. P.

Some of your wonderful cards

Hi I am F. with the USO and I have been in Baghdad for the last year and we had some of your wonderful cards. Now I am at a FOB in Afghanistan and was just checking to see if we could get some out here, we are at Shindad Afghanistan and there is not much here. Well we have a barber shop and just got that in a few weeks ago, and everyone is living in tents, We just got internet and free phone calls to the US for them but other than that (dust and dirt) they have it pretty bare here. Well I was just checking on this. Thanks a lot.

F.S., USO

And of course we said YES!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thank you for everything!

Ciao Dixie!! Hope all is well for you! It's almost time for me to go back to
Italy and I can't wait! I'm hoping to be back around the first of the year
but we'll see how the flights go. Even though I'm missing the holidays with
the family, the deployed family is making it a little easier to be away from
home.

Thank you for everything and I look forward to receiving the last box of
cards! Thank you for all of your care and support through these crazy times.
It's very much appreciated!

A.A., Air Force, Afghanistan

Sunday, December 5, 2010

We all appreciated it

Thank you for your support and what your church did was really awesome. We all appreciated it, and the cards are all getting distro'd out.
Thank you again - you are OUR hero.
W.

It means a lot to all of us out here

Sandy,
How are you doing? I would like to start by thanking you for the time to support not only my Soldier PFC J.K. and the rest of us out here but for all the other military personnel that are deployed or were at one time or another. It means a lot to all of us out here. Personally I have used quite a few already to send a little something to friends and family. I appreciate the time and effort you put into this to allow me that opportunity.

Well keep up the good work for all of us and have a great holiday season!
Again, Thank you very much!
SSG R.
Thank you for the beautiful cards. We really enjoyed reading the personal messages included in the box and have posted them on our bulletin board. Once again thank you for the cards and all that you and your organization does. Thanks for letting us send love to our family and friends.

You are a hero to me.

Love, D D-H.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Please accept my humble gratitude

Please accept my humble gratitude for the box of cards you sent our unit. As the husband of a former stampin’ up demonstrator, I know how much effort went into each of these cards, and I wish that I could personally thank each and every one of the creative volunteers. The cards have been a big hit with our squadron especially during this time of year with all the holidays.

So, on behalf of the 405th Civil Engineers, thank you and all of the Operation Write Home team!

God Bless,

D. F. T, Lt Col, USAF

Every single card

Greetings from Kabul Afghanistan! I want to first thank you for the beautiful Christmas Cards. Every single card was distributed and used by troops here to send home to their loved ones. The box made it in mid-Nov...just in time to get our cards sent out in time! I am looking ahead for Valentine's Day. Can you please send mostly Valentine's Day cards and the rest Thank You and misc? Thank you sooo much in all you do to support us here...this program is one of the best morale enhancing programs we receive from the community. For me personally, it's better than receiving a box of food/snacks. Thanks again!
Maj A. B.

Amazing job at improving the morale of the troops

I run the Recreation Center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and just received my first Christmas card of the season from a soldier that is in my facility frequently and it absolutely made my day. It was one made by a church in my home state, which was extra cool.

I just wanted to thank you for running your program. I know the soldiers utilize it and something so small can definitely do a such an amazing job at improving the morale of the troops, their families and friends, and the people that they interact with on a daily basis.

He didn’t say that he got the card from this base but if you’re not already sending them to Bagram, I would be happy to use my recreation center as a POC/distribution point to get them out to the soldiers here. If you are sending them out here already, please keep up the good work!

Again, thanks for all you do and I wish you a very merry holiday season.
J.J.
Camp Cunningham

What a fantastic gift!

I just wanted to let you know that I received the box of beautiful hand-made cards yesterday, and I thank you so much for thinking of me and sending the cards. What a fantastic gift! I was just trying to figure out how I was going to find a card to send my mom for her birthday on Dec 11th... now I am all set! All of the cards are so unique and really just gorgeous. I will put them to good use and will be sure to share w/ the people around me. And Sandy, no worries about being out of Christmas cards b/c I had already ordered some picture cards to send out.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you both know that I got the cards and I truly appreciate it. Being deployed over the Holidays is a bummer, but it is kind gestures such as yours that really help to keep my spirits up.

Thank you once again!

K.S.

Our PX has nothing compared to your work

Received by cardmaker Roberta:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. O:
I just wanted to send a note of thanks for all of the wonderful and beautiful cards. Our PX has nothing compared to your work. We really appreciate all that you do in support of our various operations. God Bless!

CPT L.S

I appreciate your support and well-wishes

Received by cardmaker Roberta:

I received a card from you in my box of cards from OWH and wanted to let you know I appreciate your support and well-wishes. I get to go home for R&R at the end of this month and then will return to finish my year which is Feb. 11.
Thing are really quite comfortable and safe on the camp I am assigned to. It is a bit exciting to be her during these historic times.
Thanks again for your support and patriotism.

J.P.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I managed to get my hands a few of those cards

Thank you all for the beautiful cards that you guys make, it makes it a whole lot better writing home and it’s more special when you know they have been hand made by someone else. I managed to get my hands a few of those cards and that is where I saw the web page on back of one of the cards. Again thank you all and I was wondering how can I get my hands on more of these cards so I can give to the guys that come here as well as the staff? Thank you in advance.

R/S,
SGT C.F.

Our Command just got a box of cards

Our Command just got a box of cards. I took three and sent them home to my family. THANK YOU so much for your work. Your cards are a big help and a lot better than the loose-leaf paper I was previously using to write home.

Very respectfully,

Captain C.D., USMC
Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thank You from Kuwait


Kris,

Thank you again so much for the greeting cards, they were a big hit with our service men and women. We actually had some food donated this time, as you can see in the pictures. I am so sorry that I was not able to get shots of people writing in the cards as I had to leave early that day. I hope you have a wonderful day!
S.B.















Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanks for Your Heart for Soldiers

Hi Dixie,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for sending lots of
Christmas for our unit.

Connie mentioned to me that she requested cards be sent to us through
you but I didn't expect the quality of the cards to be this good.
They are just amazingly nicely made cards (better than Hallmark's) and
I've distributed them to each company so that they would equally go
around to all Soldiers in our unit.

I am getting excellent feedbacks from Soldiers who got those cards and
my sincere thanks to you for your gracious work for our Soldiers. It
surely brightened our Soldiers and will make their day whoever is there
to receive the cards from our Soldiers. I am sure they would wonder
where we got these nice cards in a combat zone like Afghanistan.

Thanks for your heart for Soldiers and May God bless your ministry!

Happy Thanksgiving and early Merry Christmas to you.

EK, Afghanistan

Monday, November 22, 2010

Children in particular love to receive the cards mailed just to them

A note that came with a request form for cards:

I was lucky to share in the OWH cards one of our service members had here in Afghanistan. I'm transferring this month to a new FOB so I requested boxes come to me so I can share them with the new base. I can't tell you how much we appreciate these cards, they mean the world to us and make it easy to jot a quick note to a loved one that is so much more personal than an email. Children in particular love to receive the cards mailed just to them - it keeps them involved. I send monthly cards to my nieces and nephews, they carry them around with them for hours! Thank you and everyone that donates these cards - they mean more than words can say.

Very respectfully,
J.T., US Navy, Afghanistan

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cardmaker's Brother Receives OWH Cards!!

Dixie,
Hello, just wanted to let you and OWH know that I received your card package today, and wanted to thank you very much!! The cards are wonderful and will certainly be enjoyed by the personnel here, and if all of you are like Nicole, then I know that you have been busy but also enjoyed making all those cards, so thank you. We really like how they are divided up into different sections for the different occasions which is really convenient. Thanks again for all of the support and know that the mission of OWH it is greatly appreciated!

R.R.
Air Force, Afghanistan

Kleenex alert! Welcome a hero's little sweetheart!

A little different post than usual...Daddy, Sgt. J.P., serving in the Army in Iraq, is on the computer screen in the second photo, and the note is from Grandma. Jeremy's proud aunt is Terri D., one of our cardmakers!


We are all still very excited. J. is absolutely thrilled he was able to see the whole birth. They have been doing Skype since he left in July. Skype is just a term, it's basically a web cam and you see each other on your computer. We have been fortunate enough to be able to do it with [his wife] as well. J. has talked to [the baby] throughout the pregnancy. She would put the laptop close to her belly so he could talk to him. It's really special.
Love,
Grandma

All of my fellow marines LOVE them

Thank you so much for the care package with all the cards. All of my fellow marines LOVE them and use them daily to write home to our families. It means so much to us that people like you and your group support us and think of us & pray daily. Thank you for your support. I'm tryin to upload pictures of us with the cards but it is very hard to upload on such slow internet here in Afghan, and I do appologize. Thank you again,

God bless,
Lcpl K.A.L.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Something so simple as a card

Good morning!
We received another box of cards...which was perfect timing! The previous box that was sent to us was empty before we knew it. It is amazing how special something so simple as a card is to a soldier to be able to send home. The families are also thrilled when they receive them. I spoke with my children on the phone the other night and they couldn't stop talking about how cool the cards were that I sent. They asked me how I got them and explained your organization. They thought it was the coolest thing...as do I and all of the soldiers in the 372nd! Also, I used to big into stamping and making cards for special people on special occasions but of course after I had children, I never found the time to stamp. Because I know how special these cards are first hand, when I get home, I plan to start making cards and joining your organization as a volunteer card maker. I am very excited!

SGT A. S.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We Appreciate Your Support

I just wanted to write you a brief note and let you know that the box with the cards arrived safely here at ..., Afghanistan. The cards look great, and I will get busy writing to my wife and kids as soon as I close out this email. I want to thank you on behalf of myself and the Soldiers that work for me. We appreciate your support, and things like this do make us feel better, even as we are miles from home. Thank you!

Sincerely,

C.C., Soldier

Monday, November 15, 2010

I received your box on Thursday. I was out all day doing another duty and it was a great surprise to come back to and all the cards arrived safely to Bagram, Afghanistan. We have been looking through the cards since we got them and they are slowly going into peoples desks for them to send to their loved ones. I can't believe you have sent over 300. That is amazing and I thank you for all that you do.

The cards are all so pretty and it is a great way to stay in touch. Also, I haven't read the hero mail, but I plan to do it today and I always love hearing from back home. I am going to share them with my office. Today was a slow mail day and it is perfect opportunity for all of us to share the letters.

Thank you again for all of your support. The box of cards has made a number of people smile already.

C.K., Soldier, Afghanistan

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Be My Valentine BLOGHOP!

Welcome to the Hero Blog stop on the hop hop hop! If you want to hop hop hop from the top top top, then click here to go to the Stars and Stamps blog!

Our heroes are taking part in this hop with some special things to share! This first is a card made by a hero, the husband of a cardmaker, who's now home - is this not the COOLEST card! Sfc C.E. is  soooo talented! He did his own texture embossing and heat embossing on the belt, and the circle inside the pocket is the actual lid of a can of Copenhagen!


Next we have a special gift sent to OWH from one of our recipients....these are contract and military personnel. Yes, we support more than just service members! Our contact came home, so they made a special card with photos of her, as well as photos of the colonel and everyone, signatures from them all....not sure if you can see it, but the notes are typed out below for you.

It's hard to photograph, but the hands in the large image are writing a letter that says:
Operation Write Home, Thanks for your support! We have truly enjoyed the cards you have sent. We appreciate you thinking of us!
Other notes on the left read:
We appreciate you!
Thanks for the amazing cards, they really help us keep in touch with our families!

I stamp cards when I'm not here. Love them - thanks so much!
Best wishes!

God bless you all!
Gracias!
Thanks for your support!
We really appreciate your suppor!
Thanks again for all your amazingsupport!
Tashakoor, closthaagem! (going to guess that's something nice in the local language?)
They also sent a really cool coin! It's big and heavy....and is the first of these ever received by OWH!
There is also a personal note from the Colonel:
I run a small, 25-person office in Kabul where we provide oversight and leadership for about 200 military and civilian contracting officers located throughout the country. Our entire group will spend about $3 billion supporting the U.S. and international effort.
It's a big job trying to get the most out of hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and knowing people like you and your team care enough to take time to provide us with these GREAT cards is important and helps us remember why we do what we do. On behalf of all of us at CENTCOM Contracting Command, I thank you for your patriotism and your contribution.
All the best, Col. B.F., U.S. Army
So...are you inspired!?!?? We've got a little gift for someone who leaves a comment on this post - a cuttlebug embossing folder! Leave some love for our heroes and have a chance to win! Comments made before midnight Sunday Nov 14th are eligible.

The next stop on the hop is Stamp Fairy...you're going to love the adorable digistamp cards!!

"Look at this one!"

Hello Sandy,
We received the box of Christmas cards today. The minute I opened the box soldiers were already looking through all the great cards, holding them up saying "look at this one!" Thank you very much for helping bring some Christmas spirit to Iraq.
Know you and all your card writers are in our prayers, thank you for yours. I hope you are able to get some rest, even before Thanksgiving and Christmas arrives.
When you get a chance, I know the general cards will be loved just as much.
God Bless,
CH (MAJ) B. P. K.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A million and one

I'm sure you get a million thank you's daily, but i wanted to make it a million and one! My husband is presently in Iraq for a 15 month tour. He is the Commander of a medium sized truck company, and he has been sending our family these cards ever since he discovered a box of them in the MWR room on base. (COB SPEICHER) I think he recently wrote to you to request more cards? His name is CPT A.Z.

This deployment has been a very long one, and trying on our family. We have 2 small children who miss him terribly with every breath they take. I personally can't even put into words the loss i feel from his absence.

Your cards arrive in my mailbox almost daily, and instantly brighten my day. The cards make it especially easy for my husband who is extremely busy to write to us. He doesn't have to go the store and search for the perfect card, or a piece of notepaper for writing.

thank you a million times from the bottom of my heart!

Sincerely
J.Z.

The Soldiers and I have greatly appreciated everything you're doing

Hello! Thanks so much for the Thanksgiving and Christmas cards. The Soldiers and I have greatly appreciated everything you're doing for our fellow brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces.
1LT J.B.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I haven't missed a holiday yet

Dear Sandy,

Thank you and your group for all the cards. I have not written an actual letter in a long time much less send out cards for the holidays, but you have made it so convenient that I haven't missed a holiday yet. Not only that, my morale is lifted because of this. Thank you again.

F.C., SPC, US ARMY

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

No reason for us not to send them back to our families

Our hospital chaplain passed on a message with your email address in it so I thought I would write and express my gratitude for your organization's efforts. The cards that were sent are wonderful works of craftsmanship and creativity. Between your organization providing such beautiful cards and there being no postage here when sending letters home, there is no reason for us not to send them back to our families. Thank you so much for your hard work.

MAJ D.F., MHA, MPT, OCS

I totally voted for your cause on JoAnn's

I was just writing to say thank you but since then, the box you sent is almost gone. The soldiers here have been writing home left and right. They are all so impressed and excited about the cards so another box would be fabulous! Thank you so very much!!!! I totally voted for your cause on JoAnn's. I will pass along this email so everyone else can vote as well. I wish you all the luck, as your organization is amazing for us over here in Afghanistan (and everywhere else soldiers are deployed)!
SGT A.S.

I will be sure to have everyone here vote

Sandy, Received the box of cards. Thank you so much for all that your group does. I will be sure to have everyone here vote and send pictures. Thanks again.
CPL L.P.

We are voting daily for Operation Write Home

Kris,
Literally, two hours after I opened the box of Christmas cards, it's now empty! Thank you so much for the cards. We are voting daily for Operation Write Home at Jo-Ann crafts. God bless America.
Maj C.O.

Does wonders for our spirits

I can't thank you enough for the amazing box of cards that you sent. It's an incredible gift and does wonders for our spirits!! Please pass along our gratitude to all of those folks who made these beautiful cards. It's such a wonderful service for all of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen serving over here. I'll try to send some pictures along soon.
Until then stay well and with many thanks,
D.W.

I pass along the cards

To Operation Write Home,
Thank you so much for your continued support for our troops here at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. I pass along the cards, a handful as I can, and they use them to write home from the hospital.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication!

D.C.
NATO Hospital

I don't begin to know how to thank you

I received some of your cards in a box that my unit received. I don't begin to know how to thank you for giving me a way to stay in touch with my family back home. I am deployed to Iraq and I have family in Pennsylvania. My parents have been helping me raise my daughter which is no easy task being that she is a young college freshman. Your cards have allowed me to thank my parents for their support of me and my daughter. They have also allowed me to send notes to my daughter letting her know that I love her and support her in this new phase of her life. I gave each of my eight soldiers cards for Halloween and it brightened their day and they have posted them on bulletin boards in our office area. I also just sent home cards to my extended family for Thanksgiving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to have this opportunity to stay connected with loved ones. The cards are absolutely beautifully handcrafted. You can feel the love that was put into each card. I am looking forward to redeploying and crafting cards for family and friends and to donate to your organization. I have been looking for a hobby for some time. So your organization has brightened my life in many ways. I will be deployed until April and if you could send me some more cards they would be greatly appreciated. They will go to good use by allowing me to keep sending personal messages home and by uplifting the spirits of my soldiers and comrades here. Thank you so much for what you are doing.

SSG D. D-H.

1 hour later the box was TOTALLY EMPTY

I wanted to tell you how big of a hit the Christmas Cards were!! It was amazing--I work in the Al-Faw Palace in Baghdad--I put a box of cards out in the common area. I went to my office and when I went back by the common area 1 hour later the box was TOTALLY EMPTY!!! The cards were beautiful and so greatly appreciated. Thank you again for sending them to us.

Sincerely,
D.C.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vote!

Our families thank you too

Ma'am,
I recieved two boxes of cards yesterday. We set up an area where people could peruse that their leisure. I sent an email out letting everyone know the cards had arrived and they have come in droves. Everyone is so appreiciative and asked me to send their thanks for the cards. I have attached some pictures.

Thanks again for all your support, it means the world. Our families thank you too since they will be hearing from us more often.

Respectfully,
Capt J.G.



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Daddy is thinking of them

My husband has been on his this deployment in Iraq since October of 2009 (Army and his 4th deployment). He is due home in Feb 2011. He has been writing home a lot on the Operation Write Home cards and for this, I thank you!
We have 6 young children and they LOVE receiving these special hand made cards! It is such a wonderful way for the children to know that Daddy is thinking of them, and it encourages the children to write back! AWESOME!
Please keep this program going, it is a huge success and morale builder!
S.W.

Stay connected with home

I am currently serving in Afghanistan and would like to thank all of you for the cards you send out here, it is much appreciated. I try to send a thank you to all that write and send pictures of them hung up in our office, will send photo when taken. Again thank you for all you do to help us stay connected with home.

TSgt C. G.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Soldiers in Afghanistan enjoying cards



CSH in Kuwait...with big smiles!

(CSH = Combat Support Hospital)


Dear Ms. Sandy,
Yesterday we received your box of cards. Thank you very much! We are distributing the cards throughout the hospital, including to our outlying camps. The cards are wonderful and we are all enjoying them. Attached are a couple of pictures that I had promised you. Thank you!
LCDR C.O.



AnyHero mail!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My eight year old son

I want to thank you for the cards you send CPT O. from Operation Write Home. Sometime I write to friend with not much to say but Hi because the cards are so beautiful. I am very appreciative to write home to my eight year old son. Thank you so much for what you do.

V/R

Rachelle Y. Lindes

It is so nice of you

I would like to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful cards you have made and sent for the soldiers. I have sent some of these cards home to my family and all have commented on how wonderful they are. It
is so nice of you to take time out of your life to support us. You are truly appreciated.

SSG B.

Made with love

Hello Ms Allnock,
I hope this email finds you in the best of health and spirits. We received the second box of cards and was elated at how creative the artist are. The cards are absolutely beautiful but more so we can tell that each card was made with love. We really appreciate you and your organization for giving us the opportunity to share these cards with our families. You kindness will never be forgotten.
Respectfully,

D.O.
CPT, QM

Running to the mailbox

Dear Sandy,

I wanted to thank you for the cards you sent for soldier's here in Afghanistan. Every time I've deployed I have tried to send regular cards and or letters to my wife and children. Even though we have internet
these days, there is just something more personal and special in a card or letter. My children I know have had many smiles running to the mailbox to retrieve the regular letters and cards I sent. I have sent
many-many of your cards, almost to the tune of one a day for the last couple months. My wife and children comment that they get one nearly every day at the mailbox. I hope you find comfort in knowing that the
cards you sent are very much appreciated and put smiles on the faces of two very grateful boys and a wife who was able to receive constant communication in a special way from her husband, who she has seen deploy far too many times in the past 20 years. So, thank you and what you do speaks volumes for the type of person you are. God Bless,

SFC W.S.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Everyone that wants one on the ship can pick one up

I have received a box of cards from you and I’m very grateful for such. A large number of them have been passed out in my department and everyone appreciates the cards and thinks the idea behind them is fantastic. I’ve put them in the reactor department office for everyone to pick up. I came to the reactor plant master chief with the cards for ideas on how to go about distributing them and as of right now they’re in the office, however I plan on mailing the LPO of the mess decks here soon so that we can possibly get a table off on the side of the mess deck and lay them all out so everyone that wants one on the ship can pick one up on their way by. Also, I wouldn’t doubt the reactor master chief contacting you to thank you as well, if he hasn’t already done so. So on behalf of my department and ship, I thank you for your service you provide to our sailors.

Sincerely,
ET3 S.W.

They are really high quality

Ma'am,

We received your box of cards last week. I can't tell you how happy everyone is to have the cards and how beautiful the cards are. They are really high quality. It's so nice to know that people put such effort into creating them for us.  Thank you so much.

Respectfully,

Spc. J.S.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN.....Just a quick note to let you know I received the box, I got it on Tuesday 26 Oct. Look for a note from me in the mail too.

I love the cards as always and am glad to know it's my last one, but will miss getting them. Maybe I'll have time to make my own cards when I get home.....we shall see.

Take care and keep doing the wonderful things you are doing for the deployed military members.

Maj. ST

Doesn't take long for all the cards to be selected

An email received by a cardmaker:

Thank you very much for supporting those of us who are down range. I took one of your cards that say "missing you" on the front with a butterfly. We look forward to the once a month delivery of the cards at the post office. It doesn't take long for all the cards to be selected.  Everyone back home comments on the beautiful cards. We appreciate your support every day. Bless you!

J.G.

Looted the box

I am currently deployed to FOB Rushmore, Sharana district, Afghanistan. We have a Chaplain's "free store" here on the FOB. I went into the store the other day and found a whole box of these wonderful, creative and fun handmade cards. I told lots of the other Soldiers about it and we looted the box. :) I just wanted to say thank you and tell everyone how grateful I am that so many peope take the time to make cards and send them to Soldiers. The cards truly put a smile on my face, as well as many others. Thank you for all you guys do, it is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

PFC A.R.

Tiny photos - big thanks!

Thank you for sending another box of cards, I will be on the look out for them. I would like some Valentine's Day cards but not until January. We don't have a lot of room here to store things so it is better to wait on that.
Please share the photos and my thanks with everyone involved!

LT A.W.



Saturday, October 30, 2010

AWESOME box of cards!!

Dear Operation Write Home,
Sorry for the delay in thanking you for the AWESOME box of cards!! They are being put to good use!
We really appreciate your support and kindness. We're amazed at how great your cards look! Wow - thanks!
Blessings,
Chaplain M.D.
Khandahar, Afghanistan

PS Sure...we'll take some Christmas cards!

**Their box went out already, before we even got this letter. OWH aims to serve!**
**The blog post just before this one was from another member of this Seabee group!**

Definitely getting cheered

To the wonderful awesome people at OWH:
I'm a seabee member from NMCB 18. Today I've seen the BIG box of cads that you sent to us. The cards are well-made and very pretty! We're definitely getting cheered and feel very delighted to have this gift from you guys. Thank you so much for the love and support!"
-Khandahar, Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Magic Boxes

Yahooooooooo!

We got the box of cards with a wonderful Thansgiving collection. Dixie, I have so many of our troops who have started writing home now b/c of the cards. Your volunteers who do this wonderful service should witness what I see here, the magic that these boxes of cards bring to the troops.

We have all found out that we will for sure be here through Christmas. But we are actually excited to know we have a Christmas box coming our way.

Many many thank yous and hugs from the Medical Embedded team...

respectfully,
G.K.

Cards Don't Last Long!!

Cardmaker Wendy P. of Harrisburg, NC got this nice email from a hero! Wendy always writes several Hero notes when she makes cards. What a nice response she got today!

Ms. Wendy,

Thank you so much for the cards. We keep the cards in our office and
they don't last long. People come in here to get cards all day and every
day to send home to their families. You just don't know how much of an
impact that you have on the lives of so many people.

P.A.B.

Overwhelmed by the out pouring of support from your team

We received the box of greeting cards today and I am overwhelmed by the out pouring of support from your team of extraordinary card makers! I am so excited to share these with our team to encourage them to stay in touch with their loved ones back home which can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. These cards will help tear down the barriers to communication and help us reachout to those who mean the most---family and friends.

Please extend our heartfelt appreciation for this wonderful gift, their spirit of volunteerism, and unwaivering support for the men and women serving overseas.

May God continue to bless your life in the same meaningful and fulfilling way that you have blessed ours today.

Blessings,
R.L.
Capt, USAF

And yes...Ciara is famous once again!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Your dog pics crack me up!

Ciara loves getting fan mail...LOL!

A big happy hello to you! (insert cute smileyface with tongue sticking out)

We received the box of cards in the mail the other day. As always, they are beautiful. I had to grab some for myself to send to fam and friends.

Tell your coworker I said thanks for the magazines.* I'm always getting ideas on how to save or improve what I am already working on.

Your dog pics crack me up! If it were a picture of my cats, they would be laying on top of the boxes. Our Noel can't resist wallowing all over our mail or jumping into boxes, hampers, and empty bags. One time I was sorting through a ton of papers to file (while sitting on the floor), and Noel kept playing and messing up my piles. Talk about one crazy cat! Abby doesn't do that. Instead she sits on your chest at 0530 and stares at you til you wake up and let her out. If you don't let her out she moves to the nightstand and starts knocking things off (miss attitude!) Talk about hilarious.

Well I have to run! Thanks again for everything.

Sgt D.D.

*This hero is planning a wedding for when her deployment is over - so we sent her mags.

We look forward to the next batch

We received the box of cards you sent and on behalf of the CSH, I thank you and the ladies for the time, effort, and expense that went into these magnificent cards. They were all snatched up quickly and we look forward to the next batch.
God bless,
Chaplain T.P.

Know that we are so very appreciative

Thank you so very much for the support that you show to our Armed Forces. We here with the Alpha Troop really appreciate all of the cards we have received. Times have been very hard for us lately so it has been very good to be able to write home. We have recently moved and we are just getting settled in. Word is that we will be ending our combat operaiton in January though we probably won't be home until March but I don't think we will need anything after the New Year. Thank you and everyone else for all that you do. I really wish I could write more but I just got back from a 4 day mission that was just terrible. We are in recovery right now and I'm exhausted. Take care and know that we are so very appreciative.

Sincerely, SSG M.N.B.

The art of writing a hand written note has truly been lost

Hi Sandy,

I just wanted to send you a quick thank you email. I received the box of cards today. They are incredible. I've written so many cards today alone. The art of writing a hand written note has truly been lost. Thanks to you and your organization for reviving it again (at least for me). I plan on cherry picking the cards I like best and then distributing the rest among my friends.

Thanks again. Your cards will go to good use.

Best,

D.K.
LCDR MC USN

Thanks for the thoughts

Received by a cardmaker:

Carol P

I reached in and grabbed a few random cards to send out and I came up with yours. I hope this reaches you and that I typed the right e-mail. Thanks for the thoughts. I will share this with others. I have been at a FOB in the Arghandab Province for over two months. I am now back at KAF. Again,,,,thanks!


BUC(SCW) P.P.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pretty Exciting!

I apologize for not getting this to you earlier. We received a box from you a few days ago! Thank you so much for getting that together. I know every letter in the hero mail was read and is displayed at our help desk. I know that the box was scoured by many members of my unit and letters are being sent home as I write this ... We do not have an American Post Exchange, so to have something like this sent to us is pretty exciting. We're a group of Americans (Air Force, Army, Navy and some Coast Guard) with coalition forces.
But thank you again, and please forward this e-mail as you please to the many people that took time to make the cards. If we weren't in a secure area, I would be more than happy to take pictures but at this
time it isn't possible. I will try to gain approval from my command to take some pictures to send to you.
Thank you again, and have a great day!

S.M.C.

Lost in translation between generations

Greetings,

I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan and recently my unit received a large box of very beautiful cards. As a child of the Internet age, the importance of writing an actual note to someone I love is sometimes lost
in translation between generations. Since we've gotten these cards I've written quite a few letters home, thanking friends and family for care packages and sending love during the holidays. I just wanted to say
thank you so much for all that you do! It's well-appreciated!

Respectfully,

SPC J.S.

I really needed those words of encouragement

Note to a cardmaker in response to an AnyHero letter:

Dear Megan,

Thank you for sending me the card. I really needed those words of encouragement. I am currently deployed to Iraq with the 224th Sustainment Brigade from Long Beach, CA. We have been here since May 2010. I really appreciate you all thinking of us.

Very Respectfully,
1LT A.T.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cards don't get "call dropped"

Dear Operation Write Home,
I recently saw an amazing greeting card on the community shelf in the day area of our barracks here in Kabul, Afghanistan.  I write home to my wife and kids every day and have since my deployment began over six months ago.  It has become one of the most important ways to stay connected, even more so than the emails and phone calls.  Cards are personalized and tangible and persistent.  They don't hang up, get "call dropped" or depend upon a weak internet signal.  In fact, for the lack of cards in our particular area, I've been making my own.  I draw on 3 x 5 cards and tape them together, then write my message in the inside and stuff in any envelope I can find.  You can bet when I saw an OWH card up for grabs, I was on it!  That is just an amazing card.  Okay, it was a Valentine's Day card, and it is October, but I made it work and was elated to do so.  On the back was a website where I got this email address.
How would I go about requesting some cards for our troops (and me) to use to write home to our loved ones.  We have about 225 soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines in our unit that would love to have some for the upcoming holidays.  
Thank you for all you and your organization do to support us while we are distant from our loved ones.  These things you do are the things that really make a difference for our morale and keep us connected in a way modern means cannot.  Thank you again.
"BH", Lt Col, USAF


***ETA: Yes, this unit is getting the next box that goes out, no worries!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Heroes Will be Cardmakers!!

Just wanted you to know that I received a box of cards from you a couple of days ago. They are a big hit with all the soldiers in my unit. We appreciate all that you and the others at Operation Write Home do to help us stay in touch with our loved ones back home. Several of us scrapbook and we will be sending cards your way for other soldiers when we finally arrive home.

S.S. Army, Iraq

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Already gone into the girls' memory boxes

Thank you so much for the homemade cards you send overseas.  My twin daughters just received Halloween cards from their dad, who is stationed in Afghanistan for a year.  The cards are absolutely darling and have already gone into the girls' memory boxes :))

Thanks again for donating your time and talent to our service members deployed overseas!

Sincerely,
K.S.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I felt it very necessary to give back

**This is a reply to a thankyou note sent to a Paypal donor....sniff...**


Sandy,
I've been meaning to email you.  I'm one of those service members who utilize the cards that you and so many others make for us to send home to our families.  They are absolutely adorable and very much appreciated.  I love the selection.  I have children so I really appreciate being able to find something for them that they can enjoy as well.  I felt it very necessary to give back to those that are so willing to give to us for what we do and sacrifice.  Thank you again for your generosity and to all the volunteers who put their effort and time into allowing us to reach back home. 

//SIGNED//
T.B., SSgt, USAF

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Amazing how much of an impact that last box had

Thank you very much for sending us more cards! It's amazing how much of an impact that last box had. You are the only one to have sent cards and it is amazing.

As I wrote you the first time I also wrote Hallmark a letter. I explained to them where we are and that we have nothing. After your first box arrived I finally received a letter from Hallmark saying in a polite way, "we already help out the Army." Totally cool and understandable. It hit me even more right then because while a miltimilliondollar company said I can't, Operation Write Home and yourself not only said you can, but said what more can we do! That's just really cool to me.

About needing a full box or mix*, I would say a mix because I want to make sure everyone else you are helping get some too. We appreciate all you sned no matter the size, you make us all smile.

I must be going, thank you so much for being so kind to us. You are really such a morale booster to all of us.

Thank you,
SPC W.L.

*We asked how many Christmas cards they wanted to get - half box, full box, etc. How sweet that they want to share with everyone - but guess what? These guys get an extra box just for being so sweet!!


They sent a photo, but I can't scan it quite yet. I'll add it when I am able, and let you know on FB when it's posted!

Thanks for the Hero Mail!

I received the box on Tuesday. Once again, the cards were fabulous. I have included two messages from some of the Soldiers. They wanted to thank the volunteers for the Hero mail. Please post these to your web site... they are from the 3SB SPO Shop. KH

Liyah,
Thank you for the note. It was really sweet of you to think we are your
hero. We love you and thank you for supporting us.

Alex,
Thank you for writing to us. We wish you the best as you meet the
challenges of your Senior year in high school, enjoy it. Keep thinking
positive and you will be very successful. Serving this country is a
privilege that we do with sincerity for the country that we love. I
wouldn't change it and have it any other way. Thank you for your prayers
and support, they are greatly appreciated. Good luck in college and may you
achieve everything that you set your mind to. Thank you again for your
support.

Thank you,
Kimberly

Monday, October 18, 2010

2 Boxes???

I received a box of cards today. Thank you very much. Everybody is enjoying them so much and they are all going pretty fast (specially the Thanksgiving ones). I was wondering if we can have 2 boxes for Christmas so I can put one at the hospital and keep one here at the chapel. If you are unable we understand.

Thanks again for what you guys do for us.

NJ, USAF, Iraq

Stay Connected!

Thank you so kindly for the work put into all of these cards. The Chaplain
section uses your cards as an opportunity to reach out and talk to the
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and civilians we work with while at the same time
encouraging them to stay connected to their loved ones. Your cards have been
met with strong praises for their creativeness and workmanship.

Once again thank you for all of the support.

MSG K.Z.
Master Chaplain Assistant

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thanks for making this request a reality

Sandy, "Thank you" sincerely doesn't seem enough, especially with all the time, talnet, and materials put into every card. Because of your organization, LTC W, Chief N, and I will be able to personally thank each of our troops in a very personal way this Halloween, while also wishing them a "Happy Halloween!" Thanks for making this request a reality. You and "Operation Write Home" are appreciated.

May the Lord bless you for blessing others.
SGM P.J.

LOVE the photo of the dog

Thanks so much for the cards and the time you and everyone else took to pack them.

I hope everything is going well for you. LOVE the photo of the dog as I had a golden retriever who died recently. They are terrific dogs. I would love a box of Christmas cards but other than that I don't think I will need any more - we're still working our way through the ones you've already sent. :)

Thanks again,
Sgt D.L.

Cards will help alleviate that separation

I just received another box full of wonderful cards.  I appreciate your offer to send two for Christmas and I think that would be perfect.  I know that will be a hard time for many of my troops to be away from family but your cards will help alleviate that separation.

Thanks again,
Chaplain P.H.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

They go quickly around here

We received your wonderful cards! Thanks so much. We all love them and are excited to see the Christmas cards too. We are a Combat Stress Control Unit spread out over many locations throughout Iraq. We shared the cards with the Soldiers that come to our clinic locations also. If you are able to send us another full box, they go quickly around here and we send some to our other locations also. We are grateful for the time it takes all your volunteers to make the cards. You are all truly talented.

Thanks again,
LTC J.R.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

OWH Halloween Party in Kuwait!




As soon as we opened the box and could see how beautiful the cards were we knew that we had to do more than just stick them on a shelf and let people wait until the last minute to send them home, so we held a Operation Write Home Greeting Card event! 


We had a day where we displayed all of the cards and let service men and women come in and take a few and write home to their loved ones. 



We had treats, drinks, decorated the office, and even had a “mail box” where they could drop them off and we took them over to the post office! 

The event was such a hit that even our pet volunteer Lance stopped by all dressed up!



Thank you so much Operation Write Home and all of the people involved with your organization. The cards have already brought smiles to the faces of those here in Kuwait and will bring more smiles once they make it to the families mail boxes!


-S.B., Red Cross, Kuwait



Monday, October 11, 2010

6 Hours...Half Gone!

We received your box of cards today! I am happy to say the box is half gone and it has only been 6 hours. The cards are so cute and adorable. Thank you so much for all the love and work that went into this box. I write home often and I am still amazed that cousins, aunts, friends, and love ones that I do not talk to often at home write me here! I have rekindled many relationships and shared stories about my experience here through cards like these. With all the technology we have....there is something you cannot replace about a handwritten card or letter from a person that cares.

Respectfully,
2LT RO

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Very fortunate to be the beneficiary of your thoughtfulness

I would like to thank you for your generosity and support. This morning when I was at the chapel here at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan I found a number of Halloween cards. I had just spoken to one of the doctors about what his daughters were planning to dress up as for Halloween. I gave him a card for each of his daughters and then took a couple to send to my nieces and nephews. I know they will be excited to receive the cards.

Thank you all that you do. I consider myself very fortunate to be the beneficiary of your thoughtfulness.
Sincerely,
Fr B.K.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

I absolutely love your dog

Sandy,


As far as me participating when I get home!  I am a consultant for Close To My Heart Scrap booking.  The other girls in my unit will probably be interested also.  When my son was in Iraq we all made cards just like you all do for him and his platoon not knowing about your group.  We had a blast and we loved it.  So I will go ahead and pass your information on to them and they can start now if they would like.

By the way I forgot to tell you that I absolutely love your dog (mascot). Give him a pat on the head from me. 

1LT K.P.

Everyone in my office is extremely grateful

Sandy,

I just received the box of cards about 2 days ago.  Everyone in my office is extremely grateful for the opportunities to stay in touch, that the cards represent.  And not just U.S. military.  We serve with military members from a number of other nations.  Several of those folks have asked me about the cards and why you do what you do.  Each time I explain what your organization does and why, each person is touched by your efforts and the concern of the American people for their service members overseas.  Although most of these card will be used by U.S. military members, a fair number of these cards will find their way to France and possibly to Spain and Turkey.  And maybe other nations as I pass the box around.  We are deeply appreciative of your efforts and look forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas cards you mentioned in your card.  As a warning, letter/cards can take up to 3 weeks to get through, so if you could send them to arrive by late October/early November, that would be great.  If not, we'll be truly appreciative just the same.  

Thanks again for what you do.  Your organization has made a lot of people very happy and excited.

Respectfully,
Cathy

P.S. Ciara is a beautiful dog.  Please give her an extra scratch from
us.

Maj C.M.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I truly appreciate your time

Received by a cardmaker...

I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful card you made.  I truly appreciate your time and effort.  These cards mean more than you will ever know; and I am so happy that I get to share them with my friends and family.
Take care and God bless.

Respectfully,

K.H. 

A little color in our very brown world here in Iraq

Hi Sandy, 

I just received my box of cards this past week and being a scrapbooker myself absolutely loved every card.   I just sent out 16 cards today!

Anyway your card said to let you know if I wanted a box with holiday cards, so I'm writing to say yes I will take the holiday box.  There are plenty to share so my battle has also enjoyed them and I am so excited that we will be able to send Christmas cards now.

I couldn't remember if I had sent you an email back yet requesting the additional box of cards so if for some reason you are not able to track this request and 2 boxes go out for me I will share them with the other soldiers in my unit.

Thank you so much for putting a little color in our very brown world here in Iraq.

When I get home I would love to participate by also making cards for the soldiers so I will keep your card until I get home next summer.

1LT K.P.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Can't Wait for Christmas Cards

I LOVED the box of cards, the Halloween ones were great. I also loved the fall cards, I'm using quite a few for Thanksgiving Cards. I can't wait until the box of Christmas cards come.

I wanted to thank you again for everything you do and tell you that the Christmas box will be the last box you need to send to me. YAY!!!!! I have passed out all those cards you have to Soldiers who will still be here, our radio station is located in our building, so I hope that you hear from them.

I will also pass the information on to the follow on unit in hopes they will use your wonderful gifts.

Happy Fall!!!

Major ST

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A note on each of the patient’s beds

Dear Ms. Sandy,
     We just received your box of cards for our detachment.  Thank you so much!  Your cards are much sought after and many of our troops were excited to see the new cards come through.  I really liked the Halloween cards and picked up a couple to send to my son and nieces and nephews.  Thank you also for the handwritten notes for the troops.  We decided that they would be best for our patients.  We’re planning on putting a note on each of the patient’s beds when they first arrive so they have something positive to think about as they recover.  Once again, thank you so much!!!

Sincerely,
LCDR C.O.

Need Help to Stay Encouraged

Hello Dixie,
A fellow Navy Nurse passed your information on to me. I am a nurse here...working in the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Flight (CASF) with approximately 50 other team members. Our mission here is to provide medical care and a safe airlift for our wounded soldiers requiring higher levels of care. We would be glad to receive anything you can spare to assist us in keeping in touch back at home. We have been here since July 2010 and will remain on station until January 2010. Many are starting to feel homesick and I can truly say, we can use all that we can get to stay encouraged. Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated. P.S. I am from Charleston, AFB and reside in North Charleston, SC. Take care and thanks again.

MGC, Major, USAF

Monday, October 4, 2010

I enjoy scrapbooking and making my own cards as well

Note received by a cardmaker:

Hello, I am CPT A.S. and I am currently deployed and came across one of I am sure many of the fabulous cards that you have made and donated to service members. I just wanted to send you a note to thank
you very much for doing that. I enjoy scrapbooking and making my own cards as well. They are much more personal than those you buy at the store. I had short notice to deploy and did not have time to make any extra to bring with me.

Thank you again so very much for  the time and effort you put into making these cards.

Bastogne,
CPT A.S. LCSW

A card a day

I put the extra cards that people included to the soldiers in the women's bathroom and some of your cards* so I hope people will contact you for more cards for their units.  it is so nice to have the stationary and I am really writing a card a day.  Thank you so much as the cards are the most beautiful and are made with love.  I know people will love receiving them too.

Maj. J.G.

*OWH business cards

Words cannot express our gratitude


Received by a cardmaker:


Thank you so much for making handmade cards for the military .  My son said he picked up one on a table at the USO in Kabul.  He sent it to his father as a birthday card.  Very meaningful especially as our 34 year old son and his father have had  relationship difficulties.  They are talking now but this was the first card he had sent his dad in more than 5 years.   Words cannot express our gratitude. 

 Sincerely,   
M.C.

We are so appreciative

Wow Sandy - It's exciting all the interest in Operation Write Home. We received our box of cards today; we are so appreciative. Many, Many Thanks!

SGM P.W.J.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

They "disappear" quickly

I wanted to thank you for the boxes of cards. They are beautiful and express the high level of creativity of their creators. They "disappear" quickly and are shared with our loved ones back home. My soldiers, sailors and airmen all comment on the variety of the types of cards available. Again, thank you very very much for blessing us with these wonderful cards. Please pass the word of thanks & Praise/gratitude to all the wonderful generous and creative artists. Thanks for supporting us. My son (8 yrs old) asked me if I make these pretty cards I send home and he asked me if I could show him how to make them :) I told him that special people make thse cards for us to share with our family, friends and loved ones while we are away. He liked that and says he will try to make some cards to send to me. God bless you. 
LTC F.A.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

They are sooo cool

Hello Sandy, I received the box of cards yesterday and the Soldiers LOVE them, they are sooo cool. I just wanted to say thanks for what you guys do for the military and our families.  I want to make a donation thru Paypal so please provide me your Paypal account info so I can support this great organization.  Thanks again and take care!
CW2 J.F.

I make cards at home so I know how special they are

I am an Airman over in Kandahar, Afghanistan and have had the privilege to enjoy some of your hand made cards and send them home to family. Thanks so much they are greatly appreciated!!! I make cards at
home so I know how special they are and how much time they take to make. Just wanted to send my gratitude!

MSgt K.P.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

He sends me cards once a week and it means so much to me

I have a husband over in Iraq, he has been there since June of 2010.  He sends me cards once a week and it means so much to me.  I, myself, make cards and would like to donate cards to the troups for the different holidays, birthdays (especially children, they too would like to receive cards from mom/dad,  and anniversaries.  
S.E.

Just want you to know your cards are making a difference

I just wanted to take a minute and Thank You for what you do! I was in the USO yesterday and came upon a box of your cards. They are beautiful and I am looking forward to sending some to my family back stateside. All too often those that genuinely appreciate, care, and support what we in uniform are doing go unnoticed and I just want you to know your cards are making a difference! Thank you so much!

V/r,
TSgt M.S.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Time and effort ... for complete strangers

I wanted to email to let you know how much the 547th ASMC and myself appreciate the time and effort that you and your organization put forth for complete strangers. It is a blessing to be able to have a beautiful card to send home to our families. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

V/R
CPL L.P.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I cannot begin to adequately express my gratitude

Email received by a cardmaker:

I cannot begin to adequately express my gratitude for your support of Operation Write Home! The cards you produce for the effort are wonderful, and mean so much to our families back home when they arrive in the mail.

The post exchange on our forward operating base in Baghdad is small and does not have cards. Thanks to your generosity and support, we are able to send greetings for all occasions on beautifully crafted cards. Thank you for doing what you do to support us over here! We deeply appreciate your kindness!

Major, Army

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brighten the day of our family members

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for the support you guys provide to all of the soldiers, sailors, airman and marines that are serving here with United States Forces Iraq.  Your cards allow us to write home and brighten the day of our family members.  Again thank you for the support while we are deployed and away from our loved ones.

MAJ K.L.N. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Our families will love receiving such beautiful, handmade cards.

Received by a cardmaker:

I just want to thank you for the beautiful cards that you made. I received some from operation write home and all of us here in Kabul are very grateful and enjoying them immensely. I know our families will love
receiving such beautiful, handmade cards.

Thank you for taking the time to make these cards for us and giving us such a thoughtful gift. Your support is much appreciated by all of us.

Sincerely,

1LT C.P.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

From a Hero's Girlfriend

Cardmaker Lori R. from Springfield, VA recently got this email from the girlfriend of one of our heroes.

Just wanted to send a thank you for making these cards. I noticed your email on the back. I'm in Southern California and my boyfriend is a Navy Seabee stationed in Helmand province Afghanistan. He's been gone for over 5 months and conditions there have been over 110'F and windy most of his deployment. I have no doubt that communication and having cards to write on keeps his spirits up. He also feels like he can do something nice for me and I love getting mail back from him like this. I love the design too by the way! Thanks again and know that we appreciate you!! -Kate

Friday, September 17, 2010

Stationary is my weakness and I love the handmade cards

WOW!!!! I got the box and I  LOVE all the cards.  They are so beautiful and it has really pushed me to write home. I have averaged 2 cards a day!

Stationary is my weakness and I love the handmade cards.  Your group is made up of such creative people!!!!    Really, I love stationary and the box was even better than I had hoped.  I am hoping the other soldiers in my unit will also use the stationary to write home....they are seeing me write a card or two a day.

If you can send the next box you mentioned, that would be great! 
We will use them!

I enjoyed reading the cards from the families and have shared them.  Only one had an address to answer but I would like to answer the others too.  Can I mail them to you and would you be able to find the author?  some of them were only first names.  They were so sweet.

Thank you so much.
Maj J.G.

PS my son who was also here in Afghanistan for a year just arrived back home to his family!  I am a happy mom.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Your organization is awesome!

Hi Sandy,
The cards arrived!  Thank you so much.  The soldiers here appreciate them as the PX has very limited supply of cards, etc.  I appreciate that you sent them so quickly!  Your organization is awesome!

K.P.

*This contact came back for more, since she loved them so much on the last deployment!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Running very low on the OWH cards

Hello!  I am currently deployed in Kuwait.  We are all enjoying the beautiful cards that your group sends to us.  We often write home or send birthday cards.  Thank you so much for the handmade cards and for thinking of us while we are deployed.  Many of us have written notes to our family and friends when we normally wouldn’t have.  But the cards are so meaningful and so available to us that we choose to take a card and write.  Our family and friends are so impressed with the cards! 

As you would guess, we are now running very low on the OWH cards.  If you have any available, could you send some to us?  Thank you so much for thinking of us, for your generosity, and for your thoughtfulness.

If you do not have a contact address then you can send it to my address and I will place the cards with the others here.  
LCDR C.O.