Friday, December 23, 2011

Everyone has such a talent

All volunteers,
We can never say thank you enough. Thank you for everything you do for us! We love all the cards you send! It really makes us WANT to write home.

Personally, I write several cards each week! My mother-in-law even mentioned that she got two Christmas cards the other day. She said she has never gotten two Christmas cards from the same person before! I love getting the boxes and seeing what you have created! Everyone has such a talent, all the cards are great and show wonderful creativity!! I love them so much I just want to share them with my friends and family. I even sent a card to another friend that is deployed, she loved it!!

Again thank you all for everything you do! Keep them coming, its great and lets us know that there are tons of people out there that are thinking of us all the time!

Thank you tons,
SSgt. SM, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Special and unique

Dear Sandy & Staff:
You guys are truly special! Thank you for the boxes you have sent to us throughout our deployment! The handmade one-of-a-kind cards makes the writing home that much more special and unique! I am extremely grateful for what you do to support the troops! I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and wish each and everyone there a lifetime of health, wealth, and happiness! Thanks again for what you do!
SPC L.C.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Temendous work that you do

Hello,

I just wanted to send a quick thank you to your organization for the tremendous work that you do. I did not know this endeavor existed until I received a homemade Christmas card yesterday in the mail from my brother who is stationed in Afghanistan right now. Christmas is his favorite time of year so I know it meant a lot to him to be able to send us cards. Myself, my parent's, my sister & my brother all received a card and it made our day to see his handwriting & to know that he was okay. I'm sure many families who have loved ones overseas feel the same way when they receive your cards as well. I do plan on donating to your organization because this is something that is important and needs to continue for our troops and their families. I will encourage my family and friends to do so as well. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas.

J.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thanks from the heart

To all the wonderful people at Operation Write Home,

I run across your cards from time to time and always enjoy the creative, caring touch and just knowing those that make them care. We all appreciate the time all of you spend making, packaging and mailing them out to us, wherever we are. Again, thanks from the heart to all of you who take time out of your daily lives to give us a piece of it. Merry Christmas and God Bless to all of you.

Very respectfully,
J.S.

I was so excited to find the box of greeting cards

To the Crafters who spent their time and money on preparing such beautiful cards…THANK YOU. I am in the United States Air Force assigned to Afghanistan. I was so excited to find the box of greeting cards to choose Christmas cards to send my family. I am always so busy…there was no way I could order cards and get them out to my loved ones. Your cards are so pretty. I am very grateful for the cards and wanted to send a little note of thanks.

Happy Holidays.
God Bless.

CMSgt J.K.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You're such a big hit!

Howdy Sandy!
Thank you for the box of cute cards! We all love them. They were waiting for me when I returned from R&R. It was a great surprise! Coming back is never easy but knowing people care makes it a little bit better.

I don't remember if I told you. Everyone loves your cards. I am in charge of the Automations Help Desk...kind the Geek Squad of the Army. We keep your box at the front desk. People stop in just to see if we have new cards. You're such a big hit!

Thanks again!
SGT H.R.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Gestures like this

Sandy,
I wanted to write you to let you know I received your package today of handmade cards for loved ones. Thank you so much for pulling these together and sending them out to me. I can tell they were each made with love and attention to detail; each one is as beautiful as the next.

Please send out my personal thanks and the thanks of everyone in my unit to all the folks at Operation Write Home that helped assemble this package. Being away from family is hard, but gestures like these make it a little bit easier.

Thanks again,
Capt A.R.

Passed around as we speak

Dear Sandy and Ciara,
 
Thank you very much for the cards.  The box is being passed around as we speak, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to support us.  Honestly we get lots of support from kind people like you and the great organizations you represent.
 
Have a great day.
 
Maj P. R. R.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Given me a lot of ideas

Dear Operation Write Home,
Thank you so much for sending a box with blank cards so that Service Members can write home. I have used your cards to write to friends and family and they love them. This is a fantastic idea and your generosity to those deployed is appreciated. The cards are beautifully made and have given me a lot of ideas for when I get home to start making my own.

Once again thank you so much!

Very Respectfully
SFC T.E.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pass on our thanks

Written on an OWH card, received by a student at St Pius School:

Dear Austin,
I’ve received your letter and it really warmed my heart to know that you are thinking of us, all of us, over here in Afghanistan. Thank you for your warm thoughts and prayers. I am also so proud of you and what you are doing for your school. Playing sports is good for you and will train you to work with others. Please pass on our thanks to all of the others who wrote to us over here.

Take care and God bless!
 -I.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Touched my heart!

I just wanted to say I have received two cards from my Marine this week, it made me so happy. I noticed the stamp on the back of the cards!!! He is at FOB Shank in Afghanistan... And getting these cards from him meant so much to me!!!!!! Thank you for helping our servicemen and women communicate with their families!! My sweetheart has been gone for 4 months, and while he is able to call me sometimes... Getting a card from him in the mail just touched my heart!!! :)

Thanks and keep up the great work!! I was so impressed with the handcrafted quality of the cards!!!!

Thanks again, J.J.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Extraordinary support

Happy Veteran's Day! I hope that you have the day off. Thank you so much for the Christmas cards. How wild that it's that time already! We're already down to 100 days. It should be a good holiday especially with the extraordinary support we get from people like you. Thank you so much, Sandy, I  hope you enjoy your holidays!
Semper fi,
C.F.

Very humbling

Thank you very much for all the beautiful cards! The sheer amount of time and effort that went into making them is very humbling. A lot of the personnel are using the cards to write home and keep in touch with loved ones. Thank you to everyone who participated in this awesome project.

Delaram II Personnel

Amazing home made cards

Sandy,
Thank you to everyone at Operation Write Home for all of the amazing home made cards! It has been nice to write to my family and friends with such individual cards. I know they appreciate getting them in the mail. Thank you to everyone who put the time and effort into making the fabulous cards, the support is truly amazing.
Sincerely,
Sgt N.K.

I appreciate being able to send a nice card

Received by a cardmaker:

Dear Ms C,

I wanted to write you a short note of thanks for your work with Operation Write Home. I am deployed to Forward Operating Base Union III in Baghdad, Iraq. I recently picked up one of the cards you made to send a note a friend. I appreciate being able to send a nice card rather than just a simple letter, and I'm sure my friend will appreciate receiving it as well. I know it will cheer her as she recovers from an upcoming medical procedure.

I trust you'll have a blessed Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas. Thank you again for donating your time and talent to make these beautiful cards--they make it easier to stay in touch with family and friends while deployed.

Warm Regards,
Col P.H.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Not to mention they're really well crafted

Sandy and the Operational Write Home team,
I just received my first box of cards from Operation Write Home.
What you and your team are providing to Soldiers is awesome. Thank you SO much for your time and generosity! It makes staying touch with our friends and families that much easier. Since mailing cards home for us is free it's helps tremendously to have the cards to send home. Not to mention they're really well crafted. Thank you from myself and the Soldiers and families of the 10th Sustainment Brigade!
Brian

Respectfully,

MAJ B.C.

A generous gift like these handmade cards

Mrs. Allnock,

I am one of the physicians at the 325th Combat Support Hospital. You sent us a whole box of cards with a nice picture of your dog included. The box is being thoroughly used on our hospital's ward. However, I posted the picture of Ciara in my office, because she reminds me of my dog, Evie. Thank you all so much. The Iraq withdrawal is tough, and it is nice to have such a generous gift like these handmade cards.

Sincerely,
L.M.

Thank you for taking the time

Received by a cardmaker on an OWH card:

I received your card you sent as part of the Operation Write Home Program. Thank you for taking the time to make cards for me and the other service members as they are put to good use. We just recieved this box and people raided it pretty quick!
Just to give you a little background of me. I’m deployed down at Camp Tombstone, which is located right next to Camp Leatherneck and Bastion down in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. If you looked at a map of Afghanistan that is located in the Southwest region. I’m Air Force but the majority of the people are Marines. Having never worked with the Marines I was pretty nervous about the whole situation but they have turned out to be great and I couldn’t think of any better guys to work with. We are all out here as part of an Advisory team who train and advise the Afghans in the Army and Police on how to perform their military roles more effective. I must say it is very challenging but I couldn’t think of a better job to have while deployed. I leave at the end of December and look very forward to seeing my family. I have 2 little girls, 7 & 8, and I will be giving them the crosses you sent when I get home. I carry them in my pocket out here.
Thanks for your support,
MSgt CaH., USAF

Friday, November 18, 2011

The amount of creativity and patience needed is beyond me

Ms. Allnock,

Your box of cards arrived this afternoon. We are speechless. Believe me when I say the cards will not sit in the office. Operation Write Home certainly has many talented folks supporting it. The amount of
creativity and patience needed to make these beautiful cards is beyond me.

A special thanks for the Sports Illustrated. And a very special thanks for the beautiful photo of the Mascot! Her picture is already up on the wall!!

May God Bless You,
Thanks
L.B.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Personnel fight to get to the boxes!

Dixie,

Thank you for your service to Operation Write Home. The cards received by my command are amazing. Personnel fight to get to the boxes.

I appreciate your time and effort in this project and the time you spent educating the youth of America. I have 3 children and have been lucky that they’ve had far more passionate teachers than not. You, obviously, are a very passionate, interested, caring citizen. Thank you.

MALS-40 thanks you for all the interest, dedication and coordination to support us and make us smile. I assure you, the families back home appreciate the cards they receive from us.

Good luck in your future endeavors. It was a blessing getting to become acquainted with you and your organization.

Z. W.
Master Sergeant

Your cards are so much better to send home

Operation Write Home:

I want to say how thankful I am for this wonderful service you provide for all the troops. I am currently deployed to Kuwait and have sent many of your cards home to my family. The cards are so AMAZING! I usually write letters on a blank piece of paper, but your cards are so much better to send home. I'm so impressed to see how detailed the cards are; I can tell how much effort you all put into doing these cards. It is really appreciated. It is especially hard to be deployed during the holidays, and I'm happy I can send a few Thanksgiving and Christmas cards home to my loved ones.

I work at the TMC (Troop Medical Clinic) as a psychologist. The TMC received a big box of your cards from the USO a few weeks ago. Everyone took turns looking through the box to choose cards for their families. Your cards have brightened up my deployment a little bit...thank you!

Very Respectfully,

Capt E.Y.
USAF Psychologist

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A huge thanks to you!

Received by a cardmaker....


Once in a while as I am attached to permanent or temporary deployments, I happen to always run into the local USO or MWR (Morale, Welfare, recreation - Marine Corps) tent in far, far away bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Currently, I am on a temporary trip from Headquarters Marine Corps - Washington DC to visit other Marine units and ensure compliance is adhered to in a combat operations environment for approximately 40 days in country. I happened to walk into the MWR tent here in Camp Leatherneck - Marine Base, in southern Afghanistan. There were approximately 20 letters pinned to the board here where only two had contact information - which one was yours.

I would like to personally thank you very much in taking the time to thank all the service members out here for what we do. It is an easily forgotten cause, especially when it does not grab the media headlines as often as it did during the tumultuous times of 2005-2008 when we were suffering many casualties then.

But it makes me smile - even more, the many enlisted members when they see that some back home - that many do not have any military ties whatsoever - express their gratitude for what they do out here....which equates to the stability and democracy for all around the globe. I can personally tell you I am extremely proud of our nation and people that make up what we believe in - the freedom to express whatever opinion without having the fear of reprisal. Notwithstanding what political affiliation we may have, I am proud to defend those that support what we do, and most importantly - those that do not support what we do. That is what makes our country so strong and well above many around the globe.

So in summary - a huge thanks to you! I wish you the best in what you are doing now. We have no hesitation in what we do and it is definitely not for the money! Take care...

Sincerely,
CWO C.A.

Big Impact!

Dixie,

We received the recent box you sent with the BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cards. Thank you so very much!

I also received your letter in regards to your departure. Please let me be one of the many to say that your commitment and dedication to this program has been phenomenal. We have only been receiving the boxes a few months, but the morale of our team has increased with the arrival of the “CARD BOXES”. When the last one arrived, everyone crowded round the box to see and pick their favorites of all the cards!!

We have many people here (including myself) that love to write letters to relatives and these cards are just the right touch! I have three children (15/9/7) and send them cards every few days… they love getting them!! My 15 year old daughter is so creative and even wants to volunteer to make cards for the program when I get home !!! I am truly blessed!!

So you know, we are a group of around 150 military (Army, Navy, Air Force- both enlisted and officer), Department of Defense Civilians, and a handful of contractor personnel. We all make up Team LOGCAP (Logistics Capabilities Augmentation Program)- we monitor and have oversight of the multibillion dollar contract for Basic Life Support and security to the troops (think Troop augmentation with contractors). We are scattered and live at over 20 locations here in Southern Afghanistan and live directly with the greatest customers in the world—our military force. We ensure the troops have a good meal, hot shower, warm bed.. and it’s in a safe environment. Consider us the ones holding the contractor accountable for making sure the military gets all those things. We are all here on 6-12 month rotations, and many of us are here for the 3-4th time.

I mention the previous because when you last box arrived, we had about 10 of our sites that asked for cards to be sent to them.. I went through the box and pulled out a handful for each location and sent it off to them.. so if there is any way to ask your replacement , Ms Hopkins to send us another box (if available- I know you have many people asking) … we would all appreciate it.

Thank you again for all your hard work – and enjoy the next chapter and I look forward to getting involved in the program when I get HOME!!!

Thank you!
D.H.

Yes, I'm sending another box tomorrow!

Writing to kids...

Dixie,

thanks again for the cards. I recently had a group of elementary
school kids send letters to our guys (sort of a pen-pal thing) and we
are using some of the cards you sent to send letters back. Really
Cool!

I noticed from your letter that there will be a new shipper and you
are stepping out. I didnt see any contact information though. Please
know with that what you have sent has made a huge impact so far. Thank
you! Thank you! Thank you!

I am also heading home soon and wanted to give you a different POC if
your replacement shipper would like to keep sending cards.

TSgt J. F, I have Cc'd him and he will have the same address
as me, just his name ;)

Thanks again,

Captain C.W.
Air Force, Afghanistan

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for the box of cards. I will ensure that my guys
receive them and get the chance to write home to their families for the
holidays. Your package arrived on the ship approximately 2 days ago and
has been much appreciated. Happy holidays and thank you for your warm
wishes.

V/r,

LtJG S.C.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Card event the day after Thanksgiving

Dear Sandy,

We received your latest shipment of Holiday cards and are thrilled to be able to have them for our center. We are hosting a Christmas Card event the day after Thanksgiving and we will use your cards for those who do not want to make their own. Watch the Facebook Page for pictures of the event. You make a big difference in the lives of our soldiers, thank you for supporting the USO!

We love the pics of Ciara...so cute! We have Major Timmy our Combat Stress Dog on base and he has many fans as I am sure Ceara does too. Have a great day!

S.L.
Duty Manager
Pat Tillman Memorial USO
Bagram, Afghanistan

Use our ambulance to pick up mail!

Sandy,
Your latest box of absolutely gorgeous cards arrived. It was great to see the “Operation Write Home” logo box coming off the back of the ambulance…yes, we use our ambulance to pick up mail!

The team was thrilled to get the Christmas cards so early. Some of the fun comments back from the team have included:

Female LT nurse- “my husband commented on how beautiful the cards are that I sent home…that is not a comment I usually expect from him.”

Female Corpsman- “these are the best cards, thank you for having them sent here.”

Male LTJG nurse- “my wife loves these cards.”

Thank you again for sending us the latest round. I also want to thank you for the notes from various people- I left them at our duty desk. This way the guys standing watch have encouraging cards to read while they work. Your cards truly spread the most worldwide joy. Take care.

V/R LCDR K.R.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Looking for the right card...

Hello,

My name is B.J.S., I am the Chaplain for the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team...

In the recent couple of weeks I have received several boxes of cards from your organization through a couple of different soldiers. They bring me the box to display at our chapel which we then make available to all soldiers. I want to tell you THANK YOU! Your cards are truly a blessing as the soldiers do not have a place to get cards. Every day I see soldiers come in, and go through the stack of cards, looking for that right card to send home to their loved one.

Your cards are high quality, and they are special. We appreciate your attention to detail, your hard work, and diligence! You make "writing home" a rich experience for the soldiers.

Thank you.

v/r

CH (MAJ) B.J.S.

Executive Officer took a whole row!

Ms. Cochran,

Thank you again for the beautiful cards. The troops are still knocking
each other over trying to get to them, they really enjoy them. My
Executive Officer especially enjoys as he took an entire row of them.
LOL!! Again thank you and your team for providing the cards, they really
lift the Soldiers spirits when they arrive. Thanks again!!

Respectfully,

CPT G.D.E.
Army, Afghanistan

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Our card need has grown too

Just FYI: I went up to HQ, where the first box you shipped was placed (with a staff of about 40 personnel), in hopes of pulling some non-Christmas cards back to our location; for until recently our staff was only four strong. But, now that our staff has expanded to over 20, our card need has grown too. To my surprise, however, there were almost no cards left; maybe 40.

So, while I was sad that we did not have more cards, I was glad that many others were obviously taking advantage of this great gift.

All that to say: if you have more general cards ('miss you', 'love you', 'thanks', etc) that you can spare, please consider sending a box our way!

With much thanks,
MAJ M.W.

Scooping them up to send home

Sandy,
Thank you for the beautiful Christmas cards!!!! Everyone has been scooping them up to send home for the Holidays.
Unfortunately, I am being transferred to another base in Afghanistan.  Could you please continue to send them to the same address, but add M.S. as your new POC?
Thank you again and have a wonderful Holiday Season!
L.B.

The handmade cards have been fantastic

I am redeploying home and I wanted to drop you and the Operation Write Home team a note to say Thank you! The handmade cards have been fantastic and really helped us stay in touch with our loved ones back home. There aren't many options to buy cards over here thus we really appreciate everything you and your team does for all of us over here. We can't say thank you enough for the thoughts and well wishes.

Maj D.P.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thank you all for helping us stay connected!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for what you are doing for our troops and their families. I remember the last time my husband was deployed he was able to send some beautiful cards home to me and to our children. He is once again deployed and once again finding beautiful handmade cards to brighten our days. Thank you all for helping us stay connected! My family appreciates all that you do!

N.G., wife of LtCol D.G., USMC, currently serving in Afghanistan.

*Want to read her letter from that earlier deployment? Click here!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thank You for Your Continued Support!

Dixie,

I received two more boxes of cards while we were in the Philippines last week. I can't thank you enough for your continued support to our Marines and sailors. We have just over a month remaining on this deployment and I believe that the last box of cards should get us though our remaining days. I continue to get feedback from the men on how much they like the cards and how happy the families back home are to get them. I believe that writing has becoming a lost art and anything that we can do to improve these communications skills is very important. Thank you for helping our men stay in touch with their families throughout this deployment.

Very Respectfully,

LtCol. D.T.
Marine, At Sea

Redeploying!!

The cards were spectacular, and very much enjoyed, thank you so much. And thank you for your support, we will be redeploying come the end of December (not in time for Christmas, and that's so much more why we enjoyed the Christmas cards) so we will not be receiving any mail after December 11th, thanks again for your support, and I will be sure and pass along operationwritehome.com to my replacement.

SPC T.B.
Army, Kuwait

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Golden retriever named Ginger

Sandy,

Thank you so much for the wonderful cards. I think we are good on the holiday cards though because mail takes about 6 weeks to get back to the states from where we are. And that being said, we are scheduled to leave this place in March so I'm not sure if we could go through another box of cards.

My family and friends still email me every time they get a card, they just love getting them.

On a personal note, I had a golden retriever named Ginger, we adopted her in 2001 when she was two. We lost her due to age last month and it was so difficult. I got to go home on leave a few weeks after it
happened and my husband had made her a very nice grave under a tree in our pasture. Golden's are truly the best most loving dogs and she was part of our family. When I received your last box with the picture of
your mascot once again it immediately put a smile on my face and made me think of my loving dog Ginger.

Thank you again for everything that you do, it really does mean a lot to all of us.

CW3 E.V.

Not just back to the States, but all over the world

I wanted to say thank you again. We have received our second box of cards and are pleased every time we see these beautiful cards! I work in a Joint Operation Center that has approximately 50 people working at any given time 24/7. I work as an Aviation Liaison Officer so I have the chance to give the cards to both aviators and U.S./Allied Soldiers alike. Your program is amazing being that it facilitates people staying in contact with the ones they love. In this case not just back to the States, but all over the world.

Again, thank you!

All the Best!
CPT J.S.

Friday, November 4, 2011

I now understand that pretty things mean a lot

Dear Ladies of OP Write Home,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to express my appreciation for the cards you've provided. I'm fortunate to be able to write home every day. Now, before I married my lovely wife, I would have seen no problem with writing home on notebook paper or even an MRE box, but I now understand that pretty things mean a lot. I alternate between my wife, my 6 year old daughter, and my 3 year old daughter. My little man is not quite one and cards are lost on him. Thanks to you, I've been able to send some lovely cards home. A few of your card makers have put their e-mail addresses on the cards, and I enjoy sending personal thanks, but I wanted to show my gratitude to your whole organization. I will look to take some pictures of your cards with my darling family when I go on R&R.
Thanks,
CW2 J.N.

Almost out of the first box you sent

Sandy,
Thank you so much!! Got my Christmas box!! AmAzInG again!! Here is what I have that is new for me. Apparently there are all sorts of orginizations out there like you guys, and well they have all started writing me and sending me packages which is AWESOME!!! However, I am the type of person that needs to let people know how thankful I am for what they do for me, so my question is, can you possibly send me some more "thank you", "just a note", "hi", you know those type of cards so I can keep writing to all of the wonderful people in the world that are taking time out of their busy lives to send me stuff!! Let me know, if you cannot I completely understand, but I am almost out of the first box you sent. Everyone here loves them too, last box I got people took the halloween and Thanksgiving cards quicker than I could show them the different ones ; )Thanks so much again,
You are truly MY hero!!
Sincerely,
SPC N.M.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Can we get more masculine thank you cards?

Sandy,
We received the box of cards you sent. I was so excited. Some of my Soldiers looked through them and have a request - can we get more masculine thank you cards? We get a lot of letters and boxes from
people we don't know through different organizations and the guys try to send a thank you card back to each person. They liked the thank you cards you sent, but don't feel comfortable sending one out with flowers or pink butterflies on it. They make me laugh. I'm sure those will get used though because I do work with 7 women as well. I already have 2 cards on my desk waiting to be mailed.

Thank you for all you do. I truly appreciate it!!

Thanks!
SFC K.S.

"Mobile Hallmark Store"

Dixie,

Our time here is coming to a close. The Marines in the "cc" line are our replacements. They are interested in the same thing you were doing for us as far as sending the boxes of cards. They will be here throughout the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays just to name a few. Please advise them as to what they need to do for their Marines to receive the same benevolent treatment you have shown us. Thank you again for what we call the "Mobile Hallmark Store". We have really put it to good use and appreciate everything you and your people do. Thanks for serving us as we do you. God Bless!!!


MSgt R.H.
Marine, Afghanistan

Our Favorite!

Dixie,

Thank you so much! We are really looking forward to receiving the cards and we also have the intention of passing them out around the hospital too (where we work). What you all do is wonderful and the cards you all make are absolutely our favorite!

Sincerely,
K.B.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cards go like hot cakes!

Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Much Ms Cochran. The cards go like hot cakes as soon as I let the troops know that they're here. Our Soldiers greatly appreciate the cards and I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU FROM ALL OF US HERE. Please be sure to tell your staff thank you as well.

CPT G.E.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Smiled from ear to ear

Dixie,
Wonderful news, the cards arrived! The timing of the cards was perfect. One of our Soldiers was looking for a birthday card for his son and had just returned from the PX. As he was telling me the cards at the PX were out of stock, I couldn’t help but think about the wonderful news I was going to deliver. Sure enough, as soon as I showed the Solider the new cards, he smiled from ear to ear and wanted me to share his thanks with you. So, thank you on behalf of C/5-159th!

The cards are wonderful and bringing smiles to Soldiers all around the world; thank you Operation Write Home. You are a dedicated team and produce exceptional cards for us to send home to our loved ones!

Photo is attached....



Thanks for your unwavering support,

Maj A.C.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Your cards really ease the homesickness

Dear Sandy,
Yay for more cards! Thank you. I hope that y ou have a wonderful Halloween. What is Ciara going to be? Our office is all decorated and we are inundated with candy corn. We're on more holiday closer to being home! What are your plans for Thanksgiving? How about Christmas? As much as I'd like to be home, I am looking forward to spending the holidays with my Marines. Your cards really ease the homesickness. Thanks again!
Lt C.F.

As a military spouse I am grateful

Hello, 

I just received a Halloween card from my family member who is deployed in Afghanistan.  Although we are able to talk occasionally it was nice to receive a card from her!!  What an awesome service your organization provides for our soldiers.  As a military spouse I am grateful to know that there are people who support our deployed service members.  Thank you so much for all you do!

-- 
M.M.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

You Rock!


Dixie,

Thank you for sending these wonderful cards to us...They are so nice!
Just wanted to let you know that the ladies are doing wonderful things!
Thank you again,

C. H.

Other messages in the card, "You ladies rock!" and, "Thank you sooo very much!"

Something Brand New

Dixie,
A little note to let you know the box of cards arrived a few days ago.
My colleagues are already picking through them and for some they are
something brand new.

On a personal level - thank you for tucking the sunflower photo in the
card as well. It was immediately placed on the wall by my desk and
serves as a reminder of the beautiful things that await my return home.
When we lived in Italy a few years ago, we would sometimes pass by huge
fields of sunflowers in Umbria and Tuscany. Those sights made me want to
stop the car and just sit a while to enjoy some Italian fare and a glass
of red wine.

Take care and be well.
Very respectfully,
B. B.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Putting Smiles on 138 Airmen!

Dixie,
I want to tell you THANK YOU!! I have both boxes of cards you sent and the
troops love them. You and the volunteers have put a smile on at least 138
Airmen. They love the cards and I see them picking through the boxes every
day.

Also, I got the cards that were written by all the volunteers. They were a
nice touch. You should see some pictures come your way soon.

I want to personally thank you for your cards and the pictures of the deer and
sunflower. I will hold on to them forever. You are amazing and the things
you do are appreciated. Take care and thank you.

D.W.M., SMSgt, USAF

A smile on a soldier's face

Sandy,
Thank you sooo  much for all the cards and support you have given to us here while deployed. You all put a smile on a soldier's face every time I open a new box of cards. Please pass on our thanks to all the many volunteers that have given of their time, creating such great work.

We should be leaving here in about 90 days or so. I will be sure and pass on your card to anyone else that may be here in Iraq.

Once again, thank you!
MSGT G.M

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thank You for Lifting Our Spirits




Hi Dixie,

I just wanted to say "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful cards. I've shared them with my troops, and they absolutely love them as well! The Halloween cards were a huge hit with my nieces and nephews!
In today's "digital age" where the art of the hand-written communication seems to have been lost, these cards are certainly a special way of delivering our love home. Thank you for lifting our spirits through your work.

K.J.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The written word will disappear

Sandy, I can personally tell you that it is now easier to find one of your beautiful unique cards than it is these days to find a MRE to eat, much less to make a card out of! So I have not decided that it is a good thing yet as I would love for all our troops to get home, but if we aren't, then by the grace of God, we have gorgeous cards to send home to all our loved ones, friend, family or foe! The written word will disappear one day soon, but with your help, maybe it will be around a lot longer! Thanks for all you do for us out here. May God bless each volunteer and the OWH staff!
CW4 S.B.

Soldiers were delighted

On behalf of USO Camp Virginia, Kuwait, I would like to thank you for your donation of handmade greeting cards. The Soldiers were delighted! Generous, kind people like  yourselves make it possible for us to exist.
Sincerely,
S.S. Duty Manager

It means a great deal to us

Thank you so much for taking time out to send us this box of cards! It is so generous of you. It is definitely a big help to us when it comes to writing cards home. It means a great deal to us knowing people are thinking about us back home!
SPC K.D.

The Hospital looks forward to your boxes of cards

Hi Sandy! Your cards are awesome!! Thank you for your time. I love the picture [of Ciara] you sent to me, it's posted in my office.

The Hospital looks forward to your boxes of cards! They go pretty quick. Things are going ok here and I have about 6 months to go. Can't wait to personally meet you and thank you when I get back to Washington.
Take care!
E.P.

More excited about the cards than the phone calls

I just want to let you know the guys here are loving the cards. I bet 5 go out a day! I've heard stories about how their kids look for them in the mail and get more excited about the cards than the phone calls!

It really is a great organization - thanks from all of us!
A.M.

Perfect and right on time!

Thanks for the cards. The Halloween cards are perfect and right on time! I'm sure by October we'll be ready for more, especially the Holiday cards. Tell Ciara I said congrats! The ceremony was at JBLM?Looks like it's close to where I work.

If you want to send extra cards that would be fine. Do you have any request? Let me know!
Thanks again!
E.P.

They are so fun!

Thank you thank you thank you! Another box received and shared. I look forward to sending the Halloween cards - they are so fun! Congrats to  your new soldier dog - loved the pics!
 M.F.,

Friday, October 14, 2011

Gorgeous!

Hi there!

Thank you so much for the amazing cards. GORGEOUS! Wow..you (and your coworkers) are so very talented. People are fighting over them. My roommate actually took one I wanted and I was ready to pout...Cards are amazing keepsakes to savor the thoughts and feeling of our loved ones. I assure you, any cards sent will be used.

If you need any information or have any concerns please do not hesitate to email me.

I personally thank you for your time, effort and the distinguished use of your talents. I am well aware home is busy and you are taking time that could be spent with loved ones.

Thank you.
MSgt Z.W.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Package was dearly needed

My son sent me a pretty card from your organization. His unit was a combat infantry unit without electricity, showers, a mess hall,.etc., so your package was dearly needed.

God Bless your volunteers for their generosity.
Sincerely, 
G.M.

Thank you again for the cards, letters, encouragement and pictures

Good day Sandy,

You are absolutely right! I am nearing the end of my tour and I wanted to let you know before you sent another box. I just received the Thanksgiving box; the cards were beautifully & thoughtfully crafted as usual.

We, the Marines and I, really appreciate what you and Operation Write Home have provided to support the troops. Thank you again for the cards, letters, encouragement and pictures of you and Pvt. Ciara. You two look great by the way!

I’m making arrangement to send a donation electronically through my bank. I hope it helps.

I have passed your name and info on to a LCpl R., so you’ll probably be hearing from her soon. She really liked the bubble wrap card and was very interested in the program. ;-)

Very Warm Regards,

S.R., DLA Warfighter Support Rep

Cards to Greece!

Dear Dixie,

My address is correct and that would be totally awesome. Here in Kalamata Greece we don't have any American stores or a way to purchase cards. I work with the Post Master and plan on putting the box on the counter for everyone to grab. We have about 180 something military from Davis-Mothan (AZ), Moody AFB (GA), Nellis (NV), and USAFE bases, Ramstein, Lakenheath, Aviano, Spangdahlem, and Mildenhall. I was in Arifjan Kuwait last year from July 2010 to Jan 2011 and my Army counterpart received your boxes. Thank you so much

MSgt. T.G.

Hero has a baby on the way!!!

I just wanted to drop a line to relay my thanks to you and all of the people who contributed to creating the latest set of Thanksgiving cards. As I am sure you are aware, the holidays are a very emotional time for those away from loved ones. For some, this is their first deployment and their first time they are away from all things familiar. Anything that can lessen this is truly appreciated by the Soldiers,Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and civilians. My wife and I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our baby. My second child (we chose to wait to see if it was a boy or girl) will be born in approximately 2 weeks. I am lucky enough to have my R&R coincide with this and hopefully will be there for the birth. My wife's father, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, will beflying in from New Hampshire so this will be a mini family reunion. My parents are currently retired in Thailand and are planning to visit when the deployment is over in March. Once again, thank you and the others for the cards, all of the well wishes, and your prayers. It is greatly appreciated by all of us here. These cards bring great joy and happiness to all our family members and friends back home. Take care.

Captain W.L. in Afghanistan

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Make life more bearable

Dear Madam/Sir:
I am a Department of the Army Civilian assigned to a Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. The organization that I work for has about 180 DA Civilains working at many separate locations in the Theater at the Brigade level and Battalion level.

I would be very happy to distribute a couple of boxes of cards from your organization to the other DA Civilians who work with me throughout Afghanistan.

I intend to see about getting my granddaughter's Girl Scout and Brownie troops involved in making cards or letters for your organization.

Thank you for everything that you do to make life more bearable for soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who are deployed away from home.

A.M.
US Army retired (30 Years)

I wish I could have gotten on film

Dear Sandy,

I wish I could have gotten on film the reaction of the 12 people in our office when your first box arrived at Balad, Iraq three weeks ago. Young or old, male or female, single or married - it made no difference. Everyone was so impressed (and grateful) for the gift we had been given!

It should be noted too that, of the 350 cards, we are down to less than 75!

Along with that box I also remember there being a note saying another box would be shipped in about six weeks. And that is why I am writing today.

Due to drawdown of forces here, we are being relocated by the end of October. Therefore, I wanted to ask if it would be possible to change the 'ship-to' address of the next box.

With much thanks,
Maj M.W.

I will anxiously wait for the next package

Sandy,
I got the package today!! AWESOME...THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I haven't made it through the whole box yet, but the ones I have seen are amazing! I truly appreciate it!
Here are two pictures for you. The one in uniform is SPC M.C. and she is deployed with me. The other one, is me in our physical fitness uniform. You are welcome to what ever you choose with the pictures, we just wanted you to be able to put a name to our faces ; ) Thank you again, I will anxiously wait for the next package ; )

SPC N.V.

Could we get another box or two?

We want to thank you very much for the one box of greeting cards you sent last week. We have already run out of them, our troops have been sending them out to family and friends. If we could, could we get another box or two? This is such a wonderful way for our troops and wounded warriors to keep in touch with family. Thank you again for all your support!
 Msgt C.D.

Thanks so much for putting these cards together

Hello!

Greetings from Bagram, Afghanistan! I just wanted to drop a quick note and say THANK YOU for the great cards! Every week I pick a couple out for my 9 y/o daughter back home. I usually write in a joke or print out/send a puzzle of some kind to go with it, and she absolutely loves it. Thanks so much for putting these cards together for us all to use and enjoy!

Thanks!

S.M.
MSgt, US Air Force

The cards and letters

On our Facebook page:

I just wanna say to this whole organization thank you for all u do. I received my package today and with all the cards and letters that were in there, they touched so many of my fellow soldiers and myself, so from the Soldiers of the 194th CSSB thank you and God bless.
-PFC C.A.

His mother-in-law said: "My son in law that is stationed in Korea just received a box from Operation Write Home thanks to meeting Sandy at the crop. I would like to encourage you guys to make cards with Any Soldier notes in them. My son in law and his unit loved these the most!"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It was like Christmas!

Hello Dixie,

We received another wonderful box of cards today! Thank you very much.
I was thinking the other day how quickly we all went through that first
box. To receive another one completely surprised me. Everyone in my
office acted like it was Christmas. Fortunately here in Afghanistan, we
can mail letters back to the States for free. It makes it so much
easier to keep in touch with our families, when we can quickly fill out
a cute/beautiful card and send it on its way. Thank you again.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers. It's people like you who
make this sacrifice worthwhile.

v/r,

B.P., MAJ, MS

Something Tangible is Always Better

Hello Dixie,

Thank you for the cards i have placed them out for soliders to take and we have already seen some go. The guys realy appreciate it. it does mean a little more to sit down and send a real card or letter something tangible is always better. I have posted the thank you cards all over our office walls so when Soliders walk by they can see all the gratefullness of the pepole back home.Thank you again for your support.

Very Respectfully,

SPC D. R.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dangerous around here when the OWH box of cards arrive

I'm glad you mentioned in your letter that you would send twice as many Christmas cards in the next box. It is getting dangerous around here when the OWH box of cards arrive and there are not enough cards for a specific holiday to go around. Everyone absolutely LOVES these cards. It has gotten so bad I have ladies from my church requesting me to send their friends a card so they can have one. They really are gorgeous and unbelievably professional in design, content, and color scheme. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for Christmas. I just hope I am in the area and not out on mission when the box arrives...smile. We had a new Soldier arrive from the states and she saw the box of cards on the table. Like me she had never heard of Operation Write Home. We both were deployed to Iraq before this deployment and never heard of you...for shame. Thank you again Kris...you and your organization are much appreciated.
MSG B.C.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Send Our Last Box to.....HAWAII !!!

Thank you so much Dixie. The Marines and I really appreciate all the love and support that you've shown us during this deployment. The plan is for the majority of us to be home by Thanksgiving...yea. I would however like to receive the box of cards and hand them out to the Marines when we return to Hawaii. That way they can mail them out to family and friends upon our arrival. Please let me know if this is possible. If so you can mail them to my address which is below. You truly have been a blessing for us and the cards have been put to great use by all of us out here. I will pass on to the Marine unit that replaces us your information in hopes that they would like their Marines to enjoy this benefit. Again let me know if you can mail our last box back to Hawaii (where we are stationed) and I will pass on your info to the incoming unit next month as well as shoot him your email address. Thanks and God Bless Dixie.

MSgt R. H.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Even made cards in Afghanistan

Sandy,
Thank you for the selection of cards. It is nice for the other Soldiers to have something so creative to send home to their loved ones. I usually pick a few for myself to send home to Laura.

In 2009 we were both deployed together to Bagram, Afghanistan. She is now out of the Army and attending Nursing school in Clarksville, TN. She enjoys making cards too in her spare time. There are some photos on her blog from our last deployment. She even made cards in Afghanistan.
Some of her cards were published in "Cards" magazine.

Thank you,
SFC V.O.

I'm grateful to know that there are people like you

I wanted to say thank you very much for the box of cards! My wife is also an Army pilot and currently stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. Being that I'm stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, she sends me a card a week to tell me she loves me. Now I can return the gesture.
As for the box of cards, drawings, etc. I work in a Joint Operations Center. I set the box out for all service members and I left them out for all to grab.
The Soldiers were genuinely impressed with the quality and the time put into the beautiful cards.I can't say thanks enough! I'm grateful to know that there are people like you and others back home willing to take the time for such a caring and supportive way to help us. God bless you all. All the Best!

Cpt J.S. - Afghanistan

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thanks for Everything!

I would just like to let you know that I received the box of cards and express my deepest gratitude! Thanks for everything! Half of my unit is here in (Camp) Virginia, and the other half in Buehring, so I'll distribute the cards here and then take the rest to our hq. I'll write an email containing comments from all of my friends as soon as I get the cards distributed! Thanks again!!!

A. S.

Needs the BIG Box!

Good Morning Dixie,

I'm so glad you emailed me because I went on your website recently to try and find a way to update my information. I recently changed locations, so I wanted to send you my new mailing address and also ask if I can increase the amount that I receive to the next larger size since I know have ALOT more Soldiers that are being assigned in very remote areas and your cards will significantly improve their morale. I've asked for pictures, so I will send some soon.

Thank you so much for what you and your ladies are doing, it really means a lot to us.

Sincerely yours,
Y.V.

Most thoughtful gift anyone could send

Operation Write Home,
I want to thank you on behalf of 2 groups of Marine and Sailors. My Afghanistan address was changed prior to leaving Camp Lejeune, NC. Somehow, the first box of cards that I requested still arrived at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Your box of cards was my first deployment package and I was so thrilled to see it waiting there. I shared the box with the 2nd Maintenance BN headquarters group. They all send you their big thanks. And just yesterday, a second box arrived at my new duty station!  Our entire Shock Trauma Platoon team and Army Dust Off team sends great thanks and appreciates the cards like they were a gift. One of my Corpsman said “thanks M’aam, this was the most thoughtful gift anyone could send.” I just want to let you know that you made 29 members of our team and their families very happy.
Wishing you the best from Afghanistan,
LCDR K.R.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Greatly Appreciated!

Thank you for all the wonderful cards you have sent our clinic. They have gone to great use.
We will not be able to receive any more packages after this one so I just wanted to let you know how awesome it was to have the chance to use those handmade cards!
Your support is greatly appreciated by all.

J.M.

Cards Do Not Go to Waste

Ms. Cochran,

Thank you for sending the beautiful cards. Rest assured that your cards do not go to waste. Any that we do not use I take to the Red Cross Annex and MED EVAC area at the hospital here on BAF to share with the other service members. Thanks for your support.

v/r

CPT L.H.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

I picked up all of their Halloween cards

I just wanted to send an email and say thank you for the cards that you make for us to write home. I came across some when I went to the clinic to get my flu shot. I have 6 kids and I picked up all of their Halloween cards. I appreciate it. Thanks again.

V/r,

D.R.G, TSgt, USAF

WCD bloghop! AnyHero Christmas card

Welcome to the Hero Blog stop on the hop! We hope you're getting inspired by all you're seeing....if you don't have enough motivation yet, go check out other posts here on this blog. They're from our HEROES!

One question we get a lot: What is an AnyHero Christmas card? It's a holiday greeting FOR a hero, and is sent during the holiday season! These can be sent in until Nov 30th - we need time to get them packed up in boxes so they get to our heroes in time. Christmas is the only season we actually ask for holiday themed AH cards - otherwise it's best to send generic anytime themes. 

This card uses a darling image from Whippersnapper, and paper by BoBunny. 

Enjoy the hop - go get inspired, and be sure to make an AnyHero card or two (or three, or four...) to put in your package of cards for OWH!

Friday, September 30, 2011

OWH and the Mailbox

Ok. I am so excited about this. I thought I would let you know. I walked into this Capt's office down at the PAX terminal here at Bagram, where I am in Afghanistan. One of the first things I saw on his desk was an Operation Write Home Care Package. I told him I get them too when he offered some to me. I had to look at the box to see who sent them to him. It had your name on it. I was like, " I know her!" We are even FB friends." LOL
He laughed too and told me about his plan. He got a mailbox from the post office to put inside the PAX terminal for the soldiers passing through, and thought he would set the box out too for them to get a card and write home while passing through and waiting and they could just drop it off right there. I told him I thought that was an awesome idea. So amazing it is. And I told him I had to tell you what he was going to do, so here I am doing so ( :
Anyways, thank you and thank the others again and again and again sooooooooooooooooooo much for what you do for us too.

SSgt. R.C.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wonders for my morale

Dear members of Operation Write Home,
I am a nurse serving in Afghanistan at present and found a box of wonderful Halloween cards made by your organization. THANK YOU so very much for your generosity and for your creativity!!
It is awesome to be able to send such fun cards home to my family and friends! Your support has certainly done wonders for my morale.
Again, many thanks!
Sincerely,
CDR L.F.B.
Kandahar, Afghanistan

I like your cards better

Dear Operation Write Home:
 Thank you for all your beautiful hand crafted cards. I go to our Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) room and pick up cards to mail to my daughter, parents, and friends. I have used regular cards too, but I like your cards better: the homemade cards just add something extra.

Thank you for your card donations.

MAJ T.M.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Making a Difference

I would like to thank you once again for the cards that you provided for our Marines and sailors. The second box arrived yesterday and it is making its way around the Battalion. Everyone was very excited and I have received many comments on how much they liked the cards themselves. Thank you again for remembering our Battalion, you have made a difference in the lives of so many Marines, sailors and their families. I also enjoyed the picture of the deer, it brought back some memories from home.

Respectfully,

LtCol D.T. USMC

Straight to the mailbox

Thanks for such wonderful cards - every day (that's correct - every day) I write one of your cards to my wife, son (8), and daughter (5). When they arrive from school they go straight to the mailbox to pick up mail and read my daily letter!
Gracias, thank  you!
LTC L.R.
Camp Phoenix
Kabul, Afghanistan

Beat any store bought greeting card out there

Greetings from Kabul.

I have discovered your program here in Afghanistan and wanted to pass along my sincere thanks to everyone who makes a contribution to it. The cards are wonderfully crafted and beat any store bought greeting card out there.

This morning I finished writing out a handful of holiday cards that will surely be a big hit when they arrive. In fact, the supply of holiday cards at the U.S. NATO Support Element has diminished significantly over
the past few weeks. Other types will be used throughout the rest of my deployment to deliver a personal touch to friends and family.

Thanks again for everything you do. It does make a big difference for those of us who are far from home - and the loved ones who find the cards in their mailboxes.
Very respectfully,
LCDR B.B., U.S. Navy

Hoarding!!!

Dixie,
I received the box of cards, and my unit loved them-thank you! I think the girls pick thru and hoard them, but as long as they are being used it is a great project!
Jason got his cards and even sent me one...what a great guy!
I leave Iraq around Thanksgiving and we have no back fill since we are pulling out of the country. Jason will remain in Afgah until late February and will have a unit replace him so I will be sure to get a name so you can keep the cards going to that location if you want. Maybe the Chaplain or something!
Thanks!!
Maj. K.H.

(Jason is Kristy's husband.)

You wouldn't believe the rush

Hi Sandy,

Sorry I didn't get a chance to send this email earlier, I have been in the middle of moving to another base as our current office is closing in a few days. I want to let you know that the cards meant a lot to us here, you wouldn't believe the rush to the box when I tell everyone the cards have arrived. The office has since been split up but I just want to say on behalf of all of us, thank you and your staff for giving us a piece of home. THANK YOU.

Regards,
SSG M.C.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank you for helping us stay in touch

Good Morning,

Received a box of cards today with the Halloween one's - they are my favorite! Thanks so much!

However, I'm sad to say that I am redeploying back stateside next month and need to be taken off the mailing list. I have very much enjoyed the cards and everyone here at HQ ISAF I share with has loved them as well.Thank you for helping us stay in touch with loved ones back home.

Very Respectfully,

J.T.

*My reply: "Don't you dare say you're sad - our cards are great, but home is better!"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lovely cards were shared

Dear Operation Write Home,

A note of thanks to let you know your lovely cards were shared with the Pat Tillman Memorial USO at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan and is being enjoyed by the service members traveling through our center. Your generosity has helped raise the spirits of our soldiers and we appreciate it very much! Every day soldiers look through your cards to send messages home to their loved ones, you efforts are making a significant difference. We look forward to receiving additional cards from you.

You can follow the Pat Tillman USO and all the efforts we make to raise the spirits of our soldiers on Facebook

Sincerely,

S.L.
In-Kind Donation Coordinator
Pat Tillman Memorial USO
Bagram, Afghanistan

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Ladies of Operation Write Home,

I arrived to work this morning to find a large box of beautifully crafted cards in the foyer for all to enjoy. I had a hard to resisting them all and selected a few to send to my family and my wonderful Fiance. We are on a relatively small post where the PX fits in a trailer, no cards there.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the crafters who put so much time, effort and love into those cards. My mom is a hobby card crafter, I know how much goes into their design. (And yes, I've already
forwarded your website for her card club. :)

Thank you for what you do, we so very, very much appreciate such a thoughtful gesture.

Take care and keep supporting us,

MAJ C.H.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We all appreciate the time and effort

These photos were taken Saturday when I handed out all the cards from our first box.

We all appreciate the time and effort put into this project, Thanks!
SGM E.F.



Friday, September 9, 2011

Card Maker Brenda C. Gets an Email

Brenda,

I found one of your cards in a community table we have here in Kabul,
Afghanistan. I just wanted to let you know how absolutely beautiful it
is, and I really appreciate the time you put into making them for
Operation Write Home. My mom is going to love it!

Have a great night.


V/r,

Sergeant L. M. K.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What a wonderful legacy!

Team Operation Write Home,

Thanks for your devotion and incredible zeal for our Soldiers as we are deployed! I Corps from Joint Base Lewis McChord (Fort Lewis) has been in country for 2 months. We are located in Kabul, Afghanistan.

I have seen a few of the wonderful cards that you send to us. I would love to see boxfuls of them for our troops and myself.

It is my personal goal to write my wife and kids every day... I want my 5 year old daughter and 1 year old son to know how much I love them and miss them. E-mail just does not complete the process of communicating this... I want my kids to hold a card 20 - 30 years from now with my own handwriting and thoughts towards them. I make sure I trace my hand on every letter I send. This is how I connect with my family... not through skype or any or technology. My daughter will talk maybe 10 seconds on the phone... but she, along with my son, will hold these hand-written cards for life. What a wonderful legacy!

Maj J.P.A.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Keep it up for the folks in Afghanistan

I've been on three deployments now and I'm finishing (hopefully) the last few months now. I have to say thank you SO much for the incredible cards your organization provides troops. We have email, skype, and phone services, but there is something irreplaceable to get something in the mail that a loved one touched and then sent home for the family to open. My girls are 11 and 13 years old and more tech savvy than my husband or I ever will be. Regardless, they still love getting something in the mail from me, especially since letters rarely come to them.

Please keep it up for the folks in Afghanistan. I'm leaving Iraq hopefully forever, but I know how much those servicemembers appreciate them because I know how much those cards mean to me.
Thanks again,
LTC E.C.S, Baghdad

Friday, September 2, 2011

MRE boxes

Seen on our Facebook page:

I had used MRE boxes and individual packaging to make my own cards in 2002 and 2003 for sending home, this deployment I saw the cards and well, folks think I write alot, let me just say, your organization makes it easy to write home!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Makes me super happy

Hi Mrs. Sandy,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the beautiful letters you sent us! I LOVE THEM!! <3

All my friends love them too! I love what you are doing and just know that it makes me super happy to be able to write to my family and friends with your lovely letters!

Thank you and I hope you have a great day.

Very Respectfully,

K.A, SrA, USAF

What a great project

All,

I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire some of the handmade cards to send home to my friends and family. What a great project and hope you know that your efforts and support is making a difference over here.

Respectfully,


R.A.M., SSgt, USAF

Last Box Thank You

Kris - Thanks so much for all the time and care you put into sending cards for my Task Force. I and several others always looked forward to the boxes - one Soldier in particular, SPC W, picks up the mail and she is always so excited to see the Operation Write Home boxes. She literally waits for me to come in and brings the box to me to open so she can pickout a dozen or so cards for her friends and family, which she fills out and sends that day. This box has a lot of thank you cards, so I am taking it over to our Chinook company - they lost five Soldiers in the much-publicized incident on August 6th that you must have heard or read about. My replacement won't be here for a little while yet, so I can't give you his information, but I will be sure to pass on your card to the incoming chaplain. Again, thanks so much for this service - any little thing that brings a smile or helps you forget where you are, even for a just a few minutes, is always welcome. 1LT A.P

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two love letters

During my husbands last deployment I received 0 handwritten letters from him. I mentioned how much I'd like one, but I just kept receiving emails, which are good, but it's just not the same. We are two months in to his current deployment and I've received two love letters on your cards! He spotted them at the chapel and decided to send one my way. It has really lifted my spirits and helps keep me going through this difficult time. Thank you thank you thank you for supporting our service members and their families.
With Gratitude,
E.M.

A big hit here

I just received another box and wanted to thank you for your support. These boxes are a big hit here in Al Asad, Iraq. I have lots of soldiers, sailors, Army, Navy, Air Force who go through it and use them up. Things are going well here. I'm on my 11th month and have 4 more to go.

V/R
ENCS R.M.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

They always bring a smile

Good Morning!

I just wanted you to know that I received the box of cards the other day. They always bring a smile to the faces of the Soldiers here. The Soldiers are always amazed that the cards are handmade. Congratulations on Ciara's enlistment into the US Army. That was really a great and exciting time for you all there at Operation Write Home. Well once again thank you for the great work that you all do. I will talk to you later.

MSG G.M.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Big Hit!


Dixie,

Thanks! The new box will, without a doubt, be used as our unit has expanded. Please let the card crafters know, all the cards are truly awesome and receive rave reviews from the Soldiers sending them and the family members receiving them. They are a big hit!

Thanks again,

S.S.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

These Cards are Perfect!

Good Morning Dixie,

What a wonderful treat to receive the box of note cards for my company, coming from Operation Write Home. This gift that you and many others have given will brighten the lives of our soldiers. What talent your group has! I can't believe how beautiful and charming the note cards are. I don't believe there are enough words to express my gratitude. Thank you again, and again, and again.

Even with modern technology, I as well, believe writing letters home is important. I know how special it makes me feel to receive mail. I had asked my husband to send me some stationary, but he had no idea what I was wanting. These cards are perfect!

Currently, our company has been split between 2 different posts. Last night I divided the cards, and I will keep 1/2 here (Bagram) and send the other 1/2 to Gamberi. I so wish I could be there to see the faces of the soldiers who receive these cards. Just know you will touch each and every one of their lives.

After sending us these beautiful cards, it seems inappropriate to email you our gratitude. I know it takes a few weeks to get letters back to the USA, and I wanted you to know they had been received. I will follow-up this letter with a handwritten one.

Again, thank you Dixie. I can't believe a caring, thoughtful woman like yourself could possibly get into trouble if she had too much free time on her hands. We are blessed that you chose to fill your time supporting the troops. You're a gift from heaven. Also, thank you for the picture of the deer. I have it posted on my wall here at work. It's nice to see wildlife, especially when in a war-torn country. This is a reminder of home, and I will be back there next April.

God bless you,

MAJ B. P.
Army National Guard

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Soldiers were delighted!

On behalf of USO Camp Virginia, Kuwait, I would like to thank you for your donation of handmade greeting cards. The Soldiers were delighted! Generous kind people like yourselves make it possible for us to exist.
Sincerely,
S.S, Duty Manager

It touches my heart

It touches my heart every time our platoon gets a box of cards from you. Thank you so much!
SPC S.C.

Golden soldier dog

Hi Sandy,
How are you? I hope all is well with you! Ciara is a beautiful dog, and no, napping is not considered much in the Army but she can still be a great golden soldier dog anyway, LOL!

I appreciate your thanks and blessings; please continue to pray for us all out here and staying strong for us on the homefront. You all take care and God bless!

Sincerely,
SPC C.P.

SFC Zeke

I want to thank you for all the cards and letters from home. I will make sure they get out to all service members in the area we support. I would also like to see/meet our Therapy Dog, SFC Zeke. This is his third deployment. He has been a great help with our mission as a Combat Stress Control Detachment. We are the first Army Reserve Unit to have a Therapy Dog. Active Army has been using them for a few years now. Again thank you for all your support.


1SG J.C.S.




Saturday, August 13, 2011

I am a scrapbooking maniac

Hello ma'am,
I can't thank you enough for the cards. I especially love them because I am a scrapbooking maniac and it makes me feel like I am sending a little piece of myself home every time I mail one to my family, it's great. Anyways, I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude for what you do. It really is amazing, thank you.

V/R,

A1C M.R.K.


Made my day

Hello,
My name is A.A., I am a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy currently deployed to Afghanistan. I came across several your homemade cards and they made my day. It’s hard enough getting to the Px to buy a card but there is not a big selection. I found these cards unique and stylish. I wish I was blessed your creativity. Me and the girls in my battalion really appreciate you kindness. Being out here we sometimes forget the cute girly things, it’s nice to have homemade beautiful cards to send home. Once again, Thank you.

Sincerely,
HM2 A.A.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Personal Letter Leaves a Lasting Memory

Good Morning Dixie,

Thank you so much for your generosity! My unit will be very pleased to receive such a gift. We appreciate this extra task that you have taken on, and the care you put forth to the service members of our great Country!

Yes, this is a correct address. The largest majority of my battalion has moved on to another FOB; however, someone comes to see us regularly and I will make sure the cards get there. I am so excited to get these! To get mail here in theatre is a wonderful thing, but to share our thoughts with our family in writing, is as special. Modern technology allows us to communicate via the internet, but the time taken to write a personal letter leaves a lasting memory. Thank you again for allowing all of us this opportunity.

Take care and God bless you,

MAJ B.P.

Monday, August 8, 2011

I intended to ration them

Sandy,
Today I received 8 cards from my husband. I intended to ration them, but much like my M&M rationing, they were devoured immediately. I received 4 all in one day about 2 weeks ago. While I was thrilled, it prompted me to email my husband, wondering if he understood that the box/boxes of cards from OWH were to SHARE. He did, but is being a little greedy. He said he had been negligent in the romance/gift department for awhile, and that he didn't think OWH would mind donating extra cards to our relationship. So...we both thank you! ;)
J.S.

Store bought cards don't even come close

I wanted to take a minute and tell you how much appreciate your cards. I recently received a card from my girl friend stationed at Camp Victory, Iraq. The cards you provide are extremely meaningful and heartfelt. They provide a unique way to show that important person how much you care. Store bought cards don't even come close. As an Air Force officer myself I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that what y'all are doing is important and makes my days apart from her that much easier.

Please extend my thanks to Joyce for her wonderful card.

Capt J.R.B.
USAF/ A-10C Pilot

We truly do appreciate it

Sandy,
I would like begin by thanking you for the box of greeting cards that we received today, we truly do appreciate it. I would like to introduce myself, my name is N.Y. I am the new POC for our squadron’s donation program.  We are the [unitname] replacements.  I will include our new address. I look forward to working with your organization.
SrA N.Y.

I noticed the stamp on the back


Hi there I just received a letter from a friend overseas and I noticed the stamp on the back so I checked out your website. I just wanted to say thanks for sending our troops cards. I send carepackadges when i can. Thank you for supporting the troops!!!!!!
D.W.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lifted My Spirits

Card maker Brenda C. received this email:

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the cards you made for the soldiers. I received one of them from my husband today and it really lifted my spirits. It's a beautiful card and what a great way to give back to the soldiers. Thank you for the support, time, effort and creativity.
Nicki :)
Fort Knox, KY

Friday, August 5, 2011

It made me happy and so thankful

Letter to a cardmaker:

While re-reading some of my mail from my daughter while she was in Iraq, I turned the card around and saw that you had furnished the card, Operation Write Home. It made me happy and so thankful that people like you take the time and your resources to help out our troops. My daughter had been deployed twice. First in 03-04 for 14 months with the Tenn National Guard and then last year. I cannot tell you how gratetful I am to have my girl home safe and sound.

She is a full time Guard soldier. Forgive my mistakes, I am of German origin and my english is not the best. We are a military family. My husband was an AirForce SGT and he passed away due to exposure while in Vietnam. Again my deepest thanks for your kindness and my God bless you and your family.

L.B.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A hearty thank you

Dear Operation Write Home,
I would like to extend a hearty thank you to all who contributed for the great cards we received.Thank you for all you do.
Semper Fidelis,
I.W.S, MSGT USMC
Camp Leatherneck

Thoughtful, beautifully crafted cards

Sandy,
Thanks again for the thoughtful, beautifully crafted  cards. Just wanted to drop you a line from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan!
Sincerely,
S.R.

Already put them to use

Sandy,
Thank you very much for the package from Operation Write Home. I have already put them to use for my beautiful wife Jenny!
Thank you,
B.S.

My box full of wonderful cards

Dear Ms Allnock,
I cannot thank you enough for my box full of wonderful cards! I love them! I really enjoy writing and sending things home to friends, family, and great supporters. I will most definitely put good use to these beautiful cards. These will be perfect for now. I am here til next year.
Ciara is a gorgeous mascot! I think the honorary soldier will be perfect for her!
Again, thanks a bunch for all you do. I can't thank you enough!
Thank you and take care,
S.C-H.

Second best thing to come from Washington

Ms Allnock,
Thank you and your staff for developing Operation Write Home. There is nothing more wonderful than receiving a card in the mail or sending one to a loved one. I greatly appreciate what you have and are doing for us. It is the second best thing to come from Washington - the first was my USMC buddy who is from Tacoma.
Keep up the great work and thanks for your service!
CPT P.H.

Rally appreciates the cards

Sorry I haven't written yet, our team has been really busy. We just got done with a mission the other day, it lasted about 15 days.
I just got back from my R&R leave at the beginning of June so I was home for Memorial Weekend which was nice, except for the weather.
I am part of a 12-man Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT). We are the 4th team from Minnesota to do this mission. We help the Afghan National Army with training and whatnot. If you go on to the Minnesota National Guard website there are pictures of us out there on missions that we have done.
The team really appreciates the cards and letters, and the ones we don't use I give to the chaplain for hte rest of the soldiers on base.
Sincerely,
SPC K.B.

Impressed by the quality

Sandy,

On behalf of everyone here in my Unit on Kandahar Air Base I just want to say thank you. Everyone was very impressed by the quality and effort that everyone put into the cards.

Thanks again,

SSgt N.A.

Monday, August 1, 2011

That box went fast!

Ma'am,
The cards were a big hit! Attached are some pictures of our troops writing letters home. That box went fast! Thanks again for the support!

v/r,
SMSgt J.A.S., USAF





Of course I’ll sell how good it is

I thought I’d write you a quick note to discuss the end date I put when I registered. Currently it shows June 2013 and you are right, I will not be here that long. I was leaning forward and signed up for the guys who will be replacing me. I think the better thing to do is end ours now, we leave sometime in September and have cards on hand, and I’ll let the new unit decide if they want to continue with Operation Write Home. Of course I’ll sell how good it is. I truly believe that…

I also want to thank you for your support to my units. It has been appreciated more than you can imagine. I’ve attached a picture of my unit and myself with my CSM.

Take care and thanks again…

LTC M.F.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Thx 4 D cards!

Thanks for all the cards! -B.R.
Thanks so much! J.M.P.
I love these cards! Thank you so much. -L.
Really appreciate the cards! -Lt Col D.
Great cards, thanks! CPT C.
Great job, thanks! -C.
Thx 4 D cards! -J.B.
Love the cards! Thanks for your support. Happy 4th! CPT M.
Thank you! LTCOL L.S.
Thank you so much for the cards! -LTCOL L.
I am a card-a-holic and I love these carsd. Thank you so much, they mean a lot! L.
Cards are beautiful! -B.
Appreciate all the support! Maj J.R.
Love the cards, thank you! Maj C.C.

We all appreciate your cards and support

Sandy and Ciara,
Thank you for the new box of cards! Congratulations on your millionth card! And your FOX News piece. That is exciting news. We all appreciate your cards and support. Thank you,
SSG H.R.

Also signed by:
Thank  you for your support, 2LT H.
God bless you, SGT L.
SSG N.
Thank you!! Sgt H.
PFC D.
PV2 L.
CW2 R.S.
Thank you, Sgt P.

Such a comfort to me

Dear Sandy,
I wanted to personally thank your organization for the cards that were supplied through a soldier, PFC S.M.

I am a single mom who writes to her family and friends a lot. It's such a comfort to me to let them know that I'm fine in such a creative way.

My children's dad is having problems, and my 15 and 16 year old are stuck in the middle of all of it. The creativity in those cards is beyond words. The deployment has been hard on them to say the least. I'm a Christian mom who knows every day that God loves me beyond all measure and truly supplies the needs of my family and me daily. My children will be staying with their dad this next year til June 2010 until my return. Your beautiful cards help to lessen the blow of all the challenges that exist for them at this time.

With a very sincere and thankful heart, God bless you all!
SSG C.N.

Made me laugh and smile!

Sandy,
This is Lesley T's daughter. I wanted to stop and say thank you for all the beautiful cards! Me and all the girls love them!

The first night I had found out some bad news about my grandma and after I got back, me and some of the girls were going through the cards and it made me laugh and smile! You and your crew are doing some wonderful things for us. Thank you so much!

PFC S.M.

MAJOR kleenex alert!

Dear Sandy (and all supporters of OWH),
I really want to thank you for the support you give us with finely crafted cards and letters of encouragement. Sadly, I admit you are much more diligent in your support to us than I have been in showing my gratitude. Please do not let my complacency dissuade your efforts. I assure you all of us are very appreciative and the collection of cards always goes quickly!

While I would like to share a picture of us with your cards, I work in a classified environment and we are not allowed portable electronic devices. My friends and family have greatly enjoyed the quality cards I've used to correspond with them, all the way back to Halloween. That's when I first came across your cards (in a package to a coworker. Shortly thereafter I started receiving cards from you and you remained a signature characteristic of my deployment. I kept the wonderful pictures of the loving and adorable Ciara on my desk throughout my tenure as well.

To tell you how your cards have made a difference to my family, I'd like to share with you a little about me. My husband and I have 3 daughters; 6, 12, and 16 years old. Our 6 yr old barely remembers my last deployment (thankfully) as she was only 2 then. Our older 2 girls are blind. With your tactile designs, I have written my girls quite often, always taking care and extensive deliberation over which cards they would enjoy most (best "feeling"). Of course for my youngest I chose cute cards, whether silly or pretty but all associated to aesthetically pleasing.

I took mid-tour leave in February, surprising our youngest for her 6th birthday, and found all of the cards I'd sent them! Each girl had her own growing collection that she treasured and could revisit whenever they missed me.

Your care and the support of your organization has also touched the hearts of my family and I am forever grateful to have shared this deployment with all of y ou. Many thanks!

Sincerely,
M.A.

Whole heartily thankful

I want to say thank you so very much for what you do for us troops. These boxes of cards that I have received were well sent home to the families of my battalion. I myself and my mother scrapbook and make cards so I personally know the hard work and effort that go into each individual homemade card. I am sorry that I have not sent an e-mail sooner. It gets pretty hectic here and personal time is at the minimum. I sent my kids and family cards every week. That is one thing that they grew to look forward to.

We are now on our last month here, and it couldn't come any sooner. Again, I speak for myself and many many others when I tell you that we are whole heartily thankful for your kindness!

SPC A.A.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Thanks a Million!

Hi Dixie,
I'm sorry I did not get back to you sooner.
I just got in late last night from R&R in Conn.
I received your box of beautiful cards.
They are extraordinaire !  Great artwork.
I appreciate the time it took to make them and sending them to me.
You are amazing !!!
They will not go to waste, I am a big card writer.
The PO lady comments on how much I write back home.
I will share them with the other guys too of course.
Thanks a million !!!
L.C.

They were a big hit.

We received cards from you while I was at Baghdad USO. They were a big hit. Your work is beautiful and made with love.

S.S.
USO, Camp Virginia

BIG thank you

I am deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan and recently stopped by our morale center. Inside I found a box of the most beautiful hand made cards I have ever seen! I took 2 that day to send home to family members but have been back 3 times already for more! I just wanted to send you guys a BIG thank you for the wonderful cards as well as the support and encouragement you have given to us troops! The ability to send back to the family and friends supporting us at home is an amazing gift that OWH has given us! Thank you so much!
SrA M.B.L.

Phones and internet will be taken away as well

Note with a request for cards:

Where my husband is stationed there are very few amenities and soon phones and internet will be taken away as well. So writing will be of huge importance for my husband and the men and women in his unit. Staying connected is very important, especially for the children they leave behind. Thanks so much for all you do for our service members.

Wonder cards

There was a box filled with your wonder cards here when we arrived. They are so amazing, everyone is trying to get their hands on them to send home. Thank You so much for what you do. It's such a morale booster!
CW3 E.V.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Plans to Get Involved with OWH!

Dixie,
I received the box this weekend. We only get our mail every 10 days so it could have been sitting there for a bit. My unit has already torn through and taken many great cards to send home! What a great organization I must say!
I have news that I may be leaving Iraq very soon. I find out tomorrow after I see a doctor. If this happens then I would like to ask that you to please replace my name on the next box with "MAJ T.R." with the same address. She is another Major in my unit and will be sure the Soldiers get the cards.
If I do redeploy- I plan to get involved in Operation Write Home. I see that you are in Charlotte, NC...I live in So Pines, NC and work at Ft Bragg. 
Thank you so much and I will let you know in the new few days what my plan is...thank you again for the cards- my Soldiers love them!



Maj. K.H.