Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thank You for Sending Something Pretty

Dear Dixie,
Thank you so very much for sending my unit a box of Operation Write Home cards. The volunteers' creativity is truly impressive. I have never seen such beautiful cards in my life. It is hard not to keep in touch when you have such lovely stationary to use! It brightened everyone's week to receive this shipment of cards. I know it takes a lot of effort to coordinate volunteer activities, sort and package materials, and find people to receive them - in college I organized a group to collect clothing and toys to send to our ROTC grads to distribute to Iraqis. I also wanted to let you know how much, as a deployed woman, it meant to me to have some pretty things. I live in a trailer full of holes and weird stains on the floor; I wear cargo pants and no makeup or jewelry. I work with all military men in a decrepit Iraqi facility, and all we ever get to talk and think about is stuff blowing up and helping the Iraqis prevent stuff from blowing up. It's really not a horrible deployment - I like the people I work with, no one has gotten hurt, and it's truly rewarding to work with Iraqis - but it is definitely an environment full of rough edges, hard realities, and concrete barriers and brown dirt and dust everywhere. So in this environment, a colorful and unique handcrafted card really makes a difference. Thank you, so much, for sending something pretty.
Best regards,


Cindy O said...

Wow. What an honor to read that message. Thank you to M.C. and all our heroes. I'm so glad for OWH giving us a way to help make their days a little brighter.

Cora said...

I think I need to be making my cards more colorful.

Thank you for sharing with us