Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Bloghop: SuperAnyHero cards!

This hop brings us a special card from SPC M.B. in Afghanistan...he created this one on his computer. How perfect for AnyHero letters! (This was printed out here stateside for the photo!)

This Specialist said he saw a Captain America pog, pictured, and figured he'd answer it with his card design. Cool!  If you want to know more about this "Pog" - see this article, but here's a quick excerpt:
... AAFES [Army Air Force Exchange Services] has been using pogs – 1.5-inch polystyrene discs, for those who don't recall the 90's fad – as currency on military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Putting Marvel super heroes on the pogs in June 2008 simply made the program a little bit cooler.

"We can't print money," said Dr. Jim Skibo, VP of Marketing and Advertising for the AAFES. "[And] we will not ship coinage into the warzone. It costs a small fortune to ship stuff like that, so we use [the pogs] as gift certificates."
This hero was inspired to also make a 2nd card....awesome job!

Would YOU like to use the first card as an AnyHero card? Click here to download it! It's two pages, and if you print the two pages two-sided, you'll get two cards out of one piece of cardstock. Happy letterwriting!

blog candy
Indeed, even here on the hero blog, we have candy to offer! There are three prizes sent in by Betty—thanks to her for giving us goodies to share! There are three stamp sets at left, each paired with two packs of paper with....wahoo! So many cards you can make with all these treats! To enter, leave a comment on this post for our hero who made this card...he'd love to hear your feedback on his creation!

The next stop on the hop is Pieces of Fate - get ready for a FAB photo when you CLICK HERE!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thank you for thinking of all of us Mothers


I received the box of cards-and unfortunately wasn't able to send my picture in time to submit for the Mother's Day video.  Thank you for thinking of all of us Mothers—Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines---we are holding it down over here in Iraq but of course we desire to be at home with our families....Please relay the message on to those that take the time to make such lovely cards-and let them know that we do greatly appreciate the time and effort that goes into making the cards,etc....

Take care,


Sunday, May 23, 2010

I adore letters (Tissue Alert)

I am writing you today to thank you. I adore letters. To the point that my husband (now on his third deployment) and I have chosen them as our source of communication. We both love holding pieces of each other in our hands, and we have passed that love onto our kids. They choose not to Skype with him, would pass on a phone call at times, but his letters--oh how they squeal for them. My husband has lately been using cards from Operation Write Home. And he loves them; as do I. I can't thank you enough.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

...blessing to so many.

I received a pretty "Thank You" card last week with this message:

What a blessing you have been to sooo many Soldiers and civilians through "Operation Write Home." Thank you so very much for your hard work, diligence and huge heart. May the Lord bless you and the whole "Operation Write Home" team for being a blessing to so many!

Erica D, Afghanistan

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

From a military mom:

My son, Andrew, is 21 years old and doing his first tour in Afghanistan. His wife is here in the states by herself, dealing with a very difficult first pregnancy. He reports that he has been so thankful to be able to send her special cards throughout her numerous hospitalizations. His still has no internet access, but when I spoke to him yesterday he asked that I once again thank OWH for the box of fabulous cards sent to him. The box is kept in the company office and he and his fellow soldiers have been so grateful to have homemade cards available to them.  I, as a mom and recipient of one of those amazing cards for Mother's Day, also thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing for the troops serving our country. It certainly makes for bright spots in what is alot of times dismal conditions for them. God bless you all!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Air Force Commends OWH

Certificate of Appreciation

This is truly for everyone who makes cards and donates funds to OWH!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Please send more

An email in response to a child's AnyHero card:

Thanks for the card. Please send me more. How is the weather there?

What a fantastic selection

We received the 2 boxes and WOW!  Thank you so much!  What a fantastic selection, I know the troops will appreciate them, the extra cards we received earlier are nearly gone so yours arrived just in time.

Thanks again Sandy for all your help ~ it is greatly appreciated!

Best ~
R.S., USO, Basrah

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A big hit

My friend received another response from her Hero. I am attaching the card, which is quite beautiful. From the letter:

I am almost done with my deployment and will be heading over in just about 3 weeks . . . I received 2 boxes of cards from Operation Write Home to share with others here and it's a big hit. They are all so special and cute.

Thanks, C.B.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Worth 1000 words

"Top-notch" possible

From one of our heroes who supplied pictures from her unit for the Mother's Day video:

Thank you!  I am glad I can do something that seems so small compared to what you all are doing to support us!  I can tell you that when I come home I want to help out, any way I can, with Operation Write Home.  This has been a HUGE blessing to me because each card is made with love and it shows.  Each card shows the pride of America, taking the time to make cards for someone else to use.  I appreciate that more than you know.  Keeping in touch with my family is very important to me and ya'll are making that possible...not just possible but "top-notch" possible!  :-)

Thank you for the encouragement and support!

Communicate in style

A note received by a cardmaker - she had her email addy on the back of hers:

Hello Laurie,

I am emailing to say thanks for the wonderful cards that you have provided for the men and women here at Kandahar Air Base.  I was able to use your cards to send notes home to my husband and three kids letting them know that I miss and love them. The art work is second to none on the cards which allowed me to communicate to them in style.

Thanks again,

TSgt L.M.

We are about to redeploy back to home station!!

Hey Sandy thanks so much for all the cards you have sent.
We are about to redeploy back to home station!!

We will make sure they get to where they need to go

How are you?? I wanted to email you to Thank You for the extra box of cards and goods we received today, Mon 3 May. We will make sure they get to where they need to go.

SSgt D.B., Chaplain's assistant