Friday, January 29, 2010

Soldiers just sit there and ooh and aaah over them

Thank you from all of Charlie Co 701st BSB.  Thank you so much for all the cards. I shared them with all my co-workers at the TMC and with all the patients that come in to the clinic. I can tell you that everyone loved the cards.   We are doing okay. The weather is changing here again..we are having sand-storms again.  I love the cards and tell everyone that all the soldiers just sit there and ooh and aaah over them.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

I am so so deeply thankful for all of the support

I wanted to update you on whats been going on with my life. I have completed my active duty obligation and got out this past September and have gone on to the National Guard. I moved from Killeen, TX at FT Hood to Fayetteville, NC and will soon start a civilian position as a Physician Assistant. I will still work with soldiers preparing to deploy as well as those returning from their deployments.

I have 2 colleagues presently overseas. I believe they have a few months left and if you are still sending care packages out to soldiers I would like to hopefully add my 2 friends to your list if possible.

I am so so deeply thankful for all of the support you gave me from 2008-2009 when I was deployed. My soldiers couldn't thank you enough. I still have all of the letters, cards and drawings and will forever keep them in a keepsake box. It is very dear to my heart.


Keeps the morale of our soldiers extremely high

I'd like to order another box of cards. We received a box a few weeks ago with the valentines cards. We kept a few cards for our unit then we divided it up and sent the rest of the cards to soldiers at smaller locations with less rescouces. I would like to do this again, if possible. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and it keeps the morale of our soldiers extremely high. We appreciate your support of our unit. Additionally, many soldiers have asked what they can do to support your organization. Many have asked if they can make monetary donations to help with the postage, etc. Thank you again!


*Note: we replied that these are a gift, so we don't want our heroes having to pay for their own cards...but they can send pictures! :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

From our Facebook Hero

These photos were posted on our wall by Msgt E.G. in Afghanistan...what a good-looking bunch of heroes!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Almost all gone!

On behalf of our wonderful troops, and the USO, I want to thank you so very much for the beautiful Valentine's Day cards you sent; actually they are almost all gone! The troops have enjoyed making their selections and sending the cards home. I've attached a photo as a testament to this!

We always look forward to receiving a box from!

Thanks to you and all your wonderful volunteers. (And thanks for the box of Sharpie pens!)

With warm regards,

A.S., Duty Mgr

Friday, January 22, 2010

Must have a whole lot of people working to produce so many

Greetings Ms. Sandy.  I pray that you are well on this great day.  I want to thank you for those lovely cards and words of encouragement.  Those cards that you all make are absolutely marvelous and loved by all.  You must have a whole lot of people working to produce so many.  My replacement is here and I will be returning to the states soon.  I will send you his information tomorrow.  I am sure that they would be happy to continue to receive them as you have some available.  I will also send you the name of a civilian worker in Baghdad who supports Army and Air Force service members.  I am sure they woule like some also.  Thanks for you gracious support.
T.L., Chaplain

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You for the Wonderful Cause

Just to let you know I received the box of cards you sent. I gave a few to our Soldiers in camp. The majority will go to camps who have limited resources to correspond with loved ones. A team is going out next week and so will the cards. Dixie do I go back on the OWH website to request additional package or just request more from you? I want to thank you for the wonderful cause you are in. You are the best!!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thanks to people like YOU, we can keep performing our mission

I just wanetd to take this time to thank you for your wonderful care package. It means so much to us that you have taken the time to keep us in mind over here, and to send us just a little taste of home. I can't een begin to tell you how much it means to us. I love to see the faces of the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines that I share the packages with. It is almost like Christmas all over again when we get our shipment of mail in. People crowd around our offices and watch as we open things up. We make sure to share all of the packages that we receive not only with the Soldiers on base, but also the coalition forces that are here providing security for us at the gates. It makes their day when we come by to check on them, bringing them wonderful surprises. A lot of the coalition forces come from very poverty-stricken backgrounds, so we like to help them out whenever we can.

I would also like to say sorry that it took so long to get this thank you card out. The mail system here is ridiculously slow. It takes us over a month sometimes to even receive the packages sent to us, and then at least three weeks for our cards to make it to you. We just want you to know that what you ahve done is appreciated because it is YOU that is making a difference in our lives every day. Thanks to people like YOU, we can keep performing our mission, knowing that there are those still in the world that are back home supporting us. So THANK YOU for what you do for us!


Positive impact to the morale of the soldiers here

First off, I would like to thank you again for all you do. Your support is greatly noticed and appreciated. But unfortunately, the package you've sent along with your cards may be the last one that I will be reeiving from you—I am heading back to Fort Lewis at the end of December! My section, however, will still be here. You can still send them cards. [alternate mailing instructions]

Again, I thank you for your support. I'm really excited to go back home!! Take care and God bless. Your organization really makes a positive impact to the morale of the soldiers here. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Such a lovely gift

My name is CPL M. M. and am currently serving in [unit name] with the Marine Corps. Well I am writing because a couple months ago we just replaced [unit name] here in Helmand, Afghanistan. And when doing so I found a box full of cards and was very happy to have found such a lovely gift. So I would like to thank you for the lovely gift you sent out here and let you know all the Marines in my platoon are so grateful to have them. So again Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you so much. Feel free to stay in touch.
Goodbye for now,
OIF and OEF Vet

(This was a snail mail letter. just received....And yes, we'll be sending cards to this replacement unit now that we have a contact there!)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Best cards I’ve seen ever

My name is E.G, a Soldier in the U. S. Army and currently deployed in Afghanistan.

I stop by the local post office and I saw a box of cards and I grab a few. To my amazement some of the best cards I’ve seen ever.. I can see the love and care the time was put into making these cards. I instantly started writing to family and friends and sent them off. I just want o say thank you to all the great Americans who took time to make these thoughtful cards.  

Msgt E.G.

Monday, January 11, 2010

From a hero's stepmom...

My stepson has served three deployments in Afghanistan.  On this last deployment, I made some cards to send to him and for of the buddies he was working closest with, to go with a care package.  We just received a thank you card from one of them, and I could tell immediately that it was homemade.  When I looked on the back, I saw your stamp.  I would love to make cards to be sent home, as well as send cards for our service people.  I will also send this address to some friends of mine who are stampers/scrappers as well.
How do I get started?
Thanks for what you are doing!!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

My little ones love their cards!

A comment left on the Homefront Blog post:
o my goodness... being the deployed Soldier and sending cards to my 3 kids every week; these are WONDERFUL!! my little ones love their cards! I try to match them to their personalities.. GREAT IDEA... GREAT JOB! LT Crystal D Lee

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Homecoming Photos! (Kleenex alert!)

One of our heroes is may have seen Maria O posting on our Facebook Fan Page about her husband — these photos of are her sweetie, who we sent cards to!

First he's here during deployment to Afghanistan:

Here's the plane on it's way in....and Maria and Matt's little girl waiting!

The first hug!

And of course, celebrating!

Welcome Home, Staff Sgt. O.!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Effort you put into it and the love it takes is VERY VERY far reaching!

Sandy, Thank You! I got the wonderful box of cards today and will get the distributed for all here to use.  I know I write home a whole lot, I try for about two letters a day. It's very nice writing from an APO address because stamps aren't needed, you know you just write FREE in place of the stamp. I am a believer that nothing is free but writing "at no additional charge to sender" is too long! The regular mail goes space available out of here so it takes anywhere from 3-6 WEEKS to get there! But the wait sure beats the cost of stamps these days. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you again for all that you do. I know it's no small effort to coordinate and distribute these cards to so many people, so always remember that the effort you put into it and the love it takes is VERY VERY far reaching!

Very Respectfully,


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The cards were perfect to send home to my wife

An email received by a cardmaker, who had her contact info on the label on the back of her cards!

I wanted to pass along a big thank you.  I'm not sure how they arrived here, but I came across some very nice cards (which had the Operation Write Home sticker with your point of contact information on them).  I'm currently in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of NATO's Internation Security Assistance Force.  Anyway, the cards were perfect to send home to my wife, who is currently 7+ months pregnant.  So she really appreciated the cute cards, especially during the holiday season.  Very nice work and thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Monday, January 4, 2010

Marine after Marine searched through for the perfect card

I cannot begin to tell you how popular your cards were.  I watched as Marine after Marine searched through for the perfect Miss You or Valentine Card to send their loved one.  Within one week I had to keep refilling the small card box I put out.  Your organization has inspired many people to write home.  Please thank all the people who helped with your effort.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Spread cheer across the miles - kept morale at an all time high!

**Two heroes from a newly arrived unit found a few leftover cards from the previous team there. This is in reply to our query about whether they're in the same unit.**

Thank you so much for your rapid reply! We did receive your email. I just spoke with SPC R., and unbeknownst to each other, we both placed orders for the cards. Ma'am, if it is possible, would you mind sending a separate box to each of us? Although we receive mail at the same building, we represent separate units. Under our roof, there are 6 different units with a total of about 75 people. The units prior to us left some cards that they received from you. They were such a big hit around here! I have never seen so many grown men and women writing cards to their loved ones. It was fantastic! And the feedback from the folks at home was amazing! Without a doubt, your organization has spread cheer across the miles and has kept our units' morale at an all time high! We wish you and all of the OWH folks a blessed New Year! Thank you!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Please keep up the great work

This is from our hero, Eileen, who received cards while deployed, then was injured in a traffic accident once she got back to the States. We sent her a box with thank-you cards to use, as well as a lot of AnyHero cards for her!

Sandy just wanted to tell you that the thank you cards that were sent to me were great and the written get well cards were great too. They picked me up when I was home from the hospital. My suggestion is that if you write a short note to the soldiers it would be nice if you put a return address on your card, maybe they will write back. When I received cards and packages (I was on and I received lots of things for the people and I wrote back to everyone that wrote me just like I am doing with the get well cards that I received during my accident.The cards are beautiful and I love sharing them with friends and family. Please keep up the great work that you all do with this website.