Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thanks for the second box of cards. Please let everyone that you work with know how much we appreciate your contributions. My unit has less than a month left until we leave so don't send anymore out addressed to me. However I'm sure the next unit would also greatly appreciate having this capability. You could continue to send out cards to R. C. at the same address. I will pass on your information to him so he knows to expect a couple boxes. Thanks again
Todd O'Bryant 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Getting homemade cards makes all of the difference

Dear OWH,

My husband has been deployed for almost seven months now.  He has been touring around several bases in Afghanistan and email and telephones have been an unreliable source of communication for us.  Two days ago I checked my mail and I had over 10 letters from him written on these beautiful handmade cards.  On the back of the cards was your website.  He was able to send me a card that had a kitty on it blowing out candles for my birthday.  He sent me a card with pink hibiscus and a glittery green humming bird, and he sent me a card with a North Carolina lighthouse on it.  I have kept everyone of his cards and am putting them all into a scrapbook.  Thank you to everyone who volunteers and contributes to your organization.  Getting homemade cards makes all of the difference.  My husband would not have had access to writing materials if it were not for efforts like yours.  The cards are exquisite, they are truly a joy to receive.  Thank you for everything. 

Warm Regards,

A Marine Corps Spouse

I put them out for everyone to use, thanks so much!!!

I received the box of cards today!!! Awesome!!!!  I put them out for everyone to use, thanks so much!!!

I also wanted to say thank you for the other goodies, etc... I don't know what to say.....  I will most definitely check out the face book page and put a blog up.  I can do that from my chu.

Thanks again!!!!!
G.P. *

*one of our cardmakers, recently deployed to Baghdad

Your contributions will help to boost morale

On behalf of the XX Air Expeditionary Wing, Chapel Section, I would like to thank you for your support of our outreach programs through your gift of greeting cards and other mail. Our outreach programs have been tailored to support our men and women serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan.

Your contributions will help to boost morale, improve the quality of life here in Afghanistan, and will no doubt have a lasting effect. Once again, your gifts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful gesture.

Ch Maj S.N, USAF

Your kindly support to our troops

To whom it concerns,

I wanted to thnk you for your kindly support to our troops. My soldiers and I really appreciate you. We are combat engineers from Fort Hood. We are in Afghanistan at the moment. Our tour is for one  year. I am from California and my soldiers are from different states. Once again, thank you very much, and God bless you.

Very best of luck and very best regards,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thanks for making a difference

I received the cards - they are great - what a great idea
thanks - I am certain my soldiers will make excellent use of them.
Thanks so much for making a difference. We have no easy access to a PX
where we are and this makes it very easy and convenient for soldiers to
remember their loved ones at home. I can't say enough - 1SG PV

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The cards arrived about 4 days ago now and are gone

Sorry for the late reply but I wanted to let you know the cards arrived about 4 days ago now and are gone.  I'll probably request more in a week or two. 

I also saw a box arrive for another of our guys.*  I'm glad they were able to get more.  I'll check on the others when I get a chance.

Thank you again.

*He works in the mailroom, and set up all the units whose mail comes through to each get a box!

Monday, March 22, 2010

AnyHero letter response from a hero!

A friend from work was thrilled to receive a response from an Any Hero letter she added to one of my shipments. (Actually, I was pretty thrilled, too). The card was an OWH card - I'm attaching it. Cathy B, Columbia SC

Thank you so much for those thoughtful words sent in the card via Operation Write Home. It's people like you who make it all worthwhile - knowing there are people we don't even know rooting for us.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thank You in Advance

Response to my email that cards are on the way:
Although the cards have not arrived, I would like to thank you in advance for supporting the troops. I will be departing for home taking a 14-day leave beginning tomorrow, and I will dispense the cards to our Soldiers upon my return. In about three weeks, please expect another confirmation reply.
Thanks again for your kindness and generosity.
Major MDK

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Break Bloghop Card - from a hero!

What a delightful treat to have a little creativity sent all the way from Afghanistan! Who'd think that an MRE ("Meals Ready to Eat") would make such great designer paper? LOL! Lovely layering!

Leave SPC J.W. some love in a comment on this blog....he totally deserves it!

The next stop on the bloghop is Shelly, who just signed up for the hop last night! Check out her cute cards - she's a CTMH (Close to My Heart) demonstrator, so if you need a demo, she's your gal!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Beautiful (and clever)

Dear Operation Write Home:

I would like to thank you for sending the box of beautiful (and clever) handcrafted cards over to us in Afghanistan.  I have used several to send notes to my wife and kids.  They are really great. 

Thanks again,
Colonel, US Army

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Look what a little magic can do for our Soldiers!

Pictures posted on our Facebook wall recently! Thank you MSGT G!

Look what a little magic can do for our Soldiers! Thanks OWH...and to all Americans who gave us this wonderful gift!
Msgt E.G.

Your generosity allows us to reach out to our families!

Thank you so much for your hard work, time and consideration! You have no idea what an impact you have on the Soldiers and their Families. Many of the Soldiers don't have an opportunity to buy cards for their husbands, wives, children, and friends during their birthdays or holidays for numerous reasons...they were out on a mission, and couldn't get back to buy the cards, the PX was out of cards, the PX shipment was delayed, there is no PX...there are so many reasons, and your generosity allows us to reach out to our families! It's a wonderful idea. More importantly, because we are in a finance unit, and we visit every tiny location (or they visit us), we can pass some of the cards out to units that would otherwise never receive them. Some of the places have no PX or any store where they can purchase cards or anything else for that matter, it is your service to them that we most appreciate.

Thank you so much for your kindness!

Maj. C.B. Army, Afghanistan

The cards seem to be a hit

Just wanted to let you know that the cards seem to be a hit.  I've seen one large box be ordered by another guy from one of the companies.  I'm going to order more for here.  Thank you again.


Last week I picked up the last card

I'm Sgt C and currently deployed to the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines. I wanted to take this time to thank you for all the cards you and your team have sent us. They are very beautiful and I appreciate all the hard work that is put into them.

I have sent over 20 cards to my friends and family. Every day I walk into the office, I stop by the front desk and pick up a card some days I'll pick up more than one to send to either one of my sisters or my
mother. Last week I picked up the last card and was sad that I did not have any more to send home.

I don't know how long it will take but if it is possible to send more I would be very happy and I know I'm not the only one that would be glad to receive them.

Once again thank you for all the hard work.

Sgt J.C.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I am humbled to say thanks to you!

While this Chaplain doesn't mention our cards, note how many packages he receives—wow! No wonder he doesn't have room to speak of every box. The previous chaplain he talks about was a contact we supported as well...so we're part of the grand total of his boxes as well. Go America!!

Dear Friends and Supporters of the [X] Engineer Battalion and the US Army,

What a gorgeous Saturday today, and while it is nice outside, I felt the need to send you a newsletter to let you know what is the latest of my unit, which is spread throughout the Eastern mountains of Afghanistan.  We are in our fifth month of deployment and to date we are so thankful that no significant combat injuries have afflicted our Soldiers--I say "Praise God," actually!  The lives of over 600 Soldiers are our keenest asset and my Chapel staff work hard to safeguard the sanctity and welfare of all our Soldiers.  I now think of the many hundred care packages that you have sent to us over these past five months, in the last Battle Update Brief, which is given every Saturday, I reported to my Commander that to date we had received 1,486 care packages from wonderful Americans from all over the country--from California to Connecticut!  And we are only into our 5th month!  For many who recall, Chaplain [X] told me that before he gave me the reigns to the Engineer chaplain post he had 1,997 care packages--he indicated to me how disappointed he was not to have received the coveted 2k packages!  Both teams are excited to spread throughout our unit care packages consisting of shampoo, soap, toothpaste--candy, crackers, cookies, and other nifty foods (Ramon noodles and Cracker Jacks).  Toys, games, computer gear, lamps--these things, Folks, have made a huge difference to the lives of Soldiers.  We had given a printer to the Medical corp here, and what might have been months to get a computer through military channels, took 3 weeks for it to come through our "supply channel."  Your dedication and devotion to the Army mission is so appreciated, and I am humbled to say thanks to you!

I just went on my R&R leave, and I chose to spend it in Newbury, England--home of a duty station I served in the 1980's.  The base has since closed, but there is  a great remnant of it that I got to see and get all emotional about. 

Now I must inform you that my Battalion is moving to FOB [X], and that isn't too far away from FOB [X], but we aren't coming back to [X] at all.  I would like to ask you, if you wish to continue your awesome work of caring for the men and women of the Battalion (all 600 people), to please begin sending such packages to the following address [X].  .  If you should happen to send packages to OE from today, the post office will re-route the packages to FOB [X]—so they won’t be lost or wasted away.

As I am the chaplain of a rather large unit of Soldiers who daily go out into the hostile Afghan mountains to secure roads, I think of you as a great assistant to my work of building unit morale and welfare by your sacrificial giving (and love)!  Just now, there was a Soldier who came in looking for Shaving crème and wet wipes—we were able to give this Soldier both, with YOUR thanks.  In many ways, I believe that I have the best job in the Army:  distributing care packages on YOUR behalf to many fellow Americans!  Thanks a lot.  Now I wish you God’s blessing and renewed peace and joy as we enter into the Spring months.  While Spring is an excellent mercy from a brutal winter, this time of year sees a tantamount escalation of violence from the Taliban and rogue al-queda factions roving throughout the country.  Please pray for your Army above all else.

I must go now and prepare for worship services at our Chapel tomorrow.  I just got a brand new colleague and he will preach in the morning chapel service while I will do so in the evening.

Very best wishes to you all!

Your friend,
Chaplain (CPT) B.W.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Confession <---title of her email!

Thank you so much for your support to the troops! Your cards are so beautiful, and I wish I could express just how much we appreciate your support.  I'll confess that we've been sneaking cards away from the 82d Sustainment Brigade who graciously shares your cards with us. Unfortunately, their unit is moving out of our area, and we have no way to get cards from them.  Can you please send us a box? Our Soldiers love them, and our family and friends can't get enough of them! Thank you!

If you can spare cards, please send them to our unit point of contact SSG J.B.

Major C.B.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A man of few words...

We even hear from our heroes via facebook!

"Thank you for the gift, pictures to follow. Will relocate soon and new address."

EG, Army, Aghanistan

"HUGE" hit

Thank you so much for sending the box of cards and please thank all the people who participated in making them. It takes really special people to take their time and effort in making those wonderful cards. I love to do crafts and really miss it when I'm deployed, so the homemade cards are such a highlight of mine to be able to see them and get great ideas for when I get home.

The box of cards arrived today and were a "HUGE" hit with all the Soldiers and are great for here, since our AAFES doesn't carry cards.

Thank you again and God Bless,

S.A.T., Maj, Army, Afghanistan

Monday, March 8, 2010

This hero sent me a "Thank You" card made by one of YOU!

Dear Dixie,
Thanks to you and your organization for the personal handmade greeting cards. They are a big hit with everyone here. The first day, the box was reduced to 2/3 of its original amount, and i have some folks taking handfuls at a time.
It is because of the work you and your organization does that makes our time bearable.
Thanks again, and God Bless.
SL, USAF, Afghanistan

...to know how much someone cares.

I am sorry I did not get back sooner, things have been a little crazy with the elections. I will have to say these are the cutest cards I have ever seen. I have written to my family and a few friends already and I could not thank you enough. I can not tell you how much it means to us to have these cards and just to know how much someone cares.

Thank you again,
Captain VF, Army, Iraq

Cardmaker Hears from a Hero!!

I just received this message! I'm so excited...it's my first response to my cards! Can you please have it posted on the Hero's page? Thanks!
A.McC, Cardmaker, Ithaca, NY

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the beautiful cards that you have sent us to use. I have used several of them, they are extremely creative and beautiful! My children, husband, and other family members have absolutely loved them. Thank you for what you do!

SSgt. LMR, USAF, Afghanistan

Friday, March 5, 2010

Most precious gift one can give to another is their time

Just a quick note to let you know that we received your package filled with absolutely wonderful cards. We are all going to put them to extremely good use. Thank you so very much for supporting us and this effort - I truly believe the most precious gift one can give to another is their time, and you using your time and talent to brighten our day and help us stay connected with our family and friends is truly a gift that cannot be repaid, nor one that can be acknowledged with words....so we'll just have to simply say THANKS!: 

Col. P.C.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our medics went crazy for them!

Thank you so much for the box of cards. I am a physician who works at the Medical Clinic and our medics went crazy for them! The cards look great and I know my family and friends will love them! Thanks again so much. It definitely helps brighten the day knowing that so many people care about the soldiers to put time and effort into making these cards. 
Cpt K.P.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Impressive batch of cards...

My wife forwarded me your e-mail so I wanted to write and thank you personally. I got your box the other day and I want to tell you, that was so nice of you to send those to me. I must say, that is quite an impressive batch of cards. I have plenty of guys to share these with over here that will really appreciate these. Thanks again for not only the cards you sent us but for all you do for so many service members.

MSgt ER, USAF, Afghanistan