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!

12 comments:

Betty Benton said...

Hey, Sandy, let's get these guys somne cards ASAP! Whaddayathink?

The Queen said...

I was just about to mail 125 cards your way. Any way we can get them sent to this troop? Would it help if I sent them directly (I have stamped every card with Operation Write home) This just breaks my heart! I'm even willing to get s separate package together if we can send it to them. PLEASE let me know!

Anonymous said...

Sandy, I just KNOW that you are already all over this one. Impossible to resist!

Mary Ski said...

Get out the Kleenex. Back to my crafting table. There is a little room left in the box going to Kris mid week.

PaulaM said...

Wow - this is awesome. It is SO very cool to know that these men and women really do use the cards - and I am glad that there are so many of us making cards to send to them. Will have to double my efforts as soon as we are moved.

Yvonne said...

I'm making sure all my cards are stamped and tucked before I send them out on Monday. Also working on Hero mail from our entire school. :)

Julie Y said...

This makes me wonder what I am doing online when I could be in my craft corner... buh-bye!

Lori said...

My hero may be home but believe me when I say those cards are so deeply appreciated.That's why I believe that no matter how few or how many are made by each one of you each card makes a huge difference in many lives.

Cyn said...

You can also hold onto a card forever! Imagine..years from now..they are going to look back at these cards. Amazing! Glad to help!

Colleen said...

Oh my.....wiping tears.....ok, I was going to do a lot of cooking tomorrow afternoon, but I think I will scale back the cooking and make cards, too!

Rufus said...

Just as soon as I get the studio set up will be back in action! Meanwhile, I know that you're all over this Sandy!
R/

cpnmomma said...

If you want to send over just some envelopes, I have tons of them. A Rubbermaid tote full, to be exact. Maybe we can just send a flat rate box of them over. LMK.