Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The little things, like hand made cards, help keep us connected

Operation Write Home,

I want to thank you for the beautiful cards I have been receiving from my husband, who is currently deployed in Iraq for a year. The cards are absolutely beautiful and they brighten my day. Being apart for so long can be hard but the little things, like hand made cards, help keep us connected. I save all the cards and I reread them on the hard days, they bring joy back into the difficult moments.

Thank you again for all you are doing to support us here at home while we wait for our soldiers to return.

Peace,
C.D.

How much the soldiers appreciate the cards

Dearest Sandy,
Your doggie is too cute in those pics. My cats would be clawing and laying all over the boxes :)
Anyway, I wanted to thank you for supporting us during yet another deployment. I can't tell you how much the soldiers appreciate the cards! There are some truly talented people out there!
You've been wonderful and I hope we can stay in contact even after I get back!
Hugs,
Sgt D.D.

Lts of smiles here

Dear Sandy,
Greetings from Iraq! Thank you for your most recent shipment of cards for Mother's Day! People are already picking some out to send home. We enjoy so much seeing all the creative cards you and your helpers make for us - lots of smiles here - and I am sure at home when the cards are received!! We are down to our last 2 months here, hard to believe. You are in my prayers - thank you for yours!
Have a blessed Easter!
God bless,
Chaplain B.K,

I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.


I cannot tell you how much these thoughtful and beautiful cards mean to me. I share them with my office and no kidding write about 10 cards to family/friends a day. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Since you always send pics of your beautiful dog, here is a picture of my baby waiting at home for me. His name is Handsome :) Thank you for thinking of us over here - what an awesome program!

Amanda and Handsome

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dedicated and Supportive

Dear Ms. Cochran, I would like to express my gratitude to you and the rest of the volunteers at Operation Write Home. It is evident that those who volunteer with your organization are dedicated and supportive of our troops. God Bless, J.D.P.J

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ciara will represent the good ole USA well

Ms Allnock,
Thank you so much to you and all of the volunteers at Operation Write Home! I and my fellow soldiers all love the cards made with so much love that we can then use to return love home. I use them to write to my three boys (17, 8, and 6), husband, parents, and sisters while I am here at ISAF HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan.

It is thoughtful Americans like you who keep me smiling.
Fondly,
M.F.

PS Thank you for the pic of your awesome companion. It will be perfect hanging on my wall at the Afghanistan Supreme Court where I work. Ciara will represent the good ole USA well when Afghans visit my office!

Quite a generous crew

Ms Sandy,
I want to thank you for the wonderful box of cards that I received the other day! This is incredible! Your efforts to help us keep in touch with our family and friends by mail is greatly appreciated. I had heard about your OWH from a friend but it took me weeks, no months, before finally acting on it and I'm glad that I did.

One more box before I depart would be great and I'll be sure to tell others about your program before I depart.

Please thank Dolores from Frederick Md (your mother?) for me as well, as I enjoyed both of your notes that were included in the box.

Also, please extend our gratefulness to your wider OWH network as it seems like quite a generous crew (and creative too!). Your prayers and serived are so needed, so please keep it up.

Take care for now,

v/r,
MAJ K.G.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Need More!

Good Morning Dixie,

Could we get another box of cards shipped to us? We really appreciate the hard work and long hours your committee volunteers to keep this program running.
Everyone in the Hospital is pleased with Operation Write Home. Thanks again!

v/r
HM2 S-I.M.P.

Good Job!

Hello Dixie,
Nice touch and nice timing with the story of the Dogwood. We had one planted at the cemetary that Grandparents are laid to rest. Holy Thursday is the right time to tell that story. Everyone was in awe to how beautiful the cards are. I know some people who haven't written home yet, are now. Good Job. Thank you.
God Bless,
D.D, Soldier, Iraq

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A big hit!

Operation Write Home,
Thank you for the cards, they were a big hit! The soldiers here are very excited and have already started writing home. It is a great thing that you all do for us and we appreciate it very much. Thank you again!
A.M.

Amazed at the things people do

I just wanted to say thank you for donating these wonderful cards. One of my Marines got a box in the mail and they are just AMAZING!! I was personally very happy because I am deployed and will miss my 3 kids birthdays. We don't have a good PX out here to buy cards so the "Operation Write Home" cards were just perfect. I truly appreciate what you are doing for deployed service members. I know all the Marines here at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan are sending these cards to their family and friends. I've been in the Marines almost 16 years and I am just amazed at the things people do to support the troops. Thanks again!

Semper Fi,
GySgt H.B.

She will know just how much her Daddy missed her

Hello OWH,

I just want to send a big thank you to you all for the wonderful service you are providing. The time, talent, and resources are unbelievably impressive.

I received two cards in the mail yesterday (one for me, another for our 9 month old daughter) from my husband, a Marine serving in Afghanistan. I was so incredibly surprised to receive such beautifully handmade cards! Of course, I sat there bawling my eyes out about what he wrote in each of them but after the tears dried, I was able to appreciate the beauty of the cards and how they must have inspired him. You see, my husband isn't one to usually send cards. He very rarely has in the past and he dislikes the store bought cards that have really long preprinted sentiments. He has always felt they were somehow "fake" and would rather speak from the heart. Your cards gave him the opportunity to do so. One was blank inside and the other had a very short sentiment. They were perfect. I think he also liked the fact that they were handmade, obviously with love and great attention to detail. Even though our daughter is not old enough to read or understand what Daddy wrote, I will certainly be keeping the cards for the future so someday she will know just how much her Daddy missed her. He did mention in his card to me about how "they have these awesome free cards" and how "kids just don't know what it's like to deploy these days" because of little perks like these that so many nice people provide. ;) (He has a few other deployments under his belt, including twice to Iraq.) I'm a cardmaker/scrapbooker myself so I truly do appreciate the time and material it takes to produce them.

I didn't realize your organization even existed but I'm so incredibly grateful that you do. It means the world. I somehow also felt a personal connection since my husband and I are both from the Seattle area and were happy to learn your headquarters are right down the road. Even though we're stationed at the Pentagon, I've moved back home to Western Washington to be with family for the year while he's gone. I hope to be able to make a few cards myself to give back. Please thank Sue A for me as she made one of the cards my husband sent (it had a stamp of two bunnies hugging with "miss you"). The other card was not marked but was just as beautiful with a jeweled butterfly.

Again, many thanks for your support to our troops and keep sending them!

S.L., Seattle

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Really appreciated the first box of cards

Thank you, Sandy. We have really appreciated the first box of cards (although some guys have commented that many of the cards are a little feminine looking...I told them not to be too picky and that their wives, mothers, daughters, etc...will probably enjoy them!)

I am continually amazed by the support that we receive from our fellow citizens and impressed with your vision and organization to get all of these cards collected and sent over here. Thanks again and please reiterate to your team how much we love these cards!

God bless,
Maj K.G.

Remind me of the support we have behind us



Note in response to an AnyHero letter, received by the writer:

Lynne,
I wanted to express my gratitude for your prayers for me and all of us who are here. Your card helps to remind me of the support we have behind us. Also, it's nice to know there is individuals who appreciate all of us who serve so we can have the freedom we live with.

Thanks,
H.

Some really HAPPY Marines!





Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lots of Troops Writing Home

Thanks for sending the other cards. We were also lucky enough that a soldier brought in about half a box of cards from your same organization and there were about 50 Mother's Day cards so we will be able to help some of the guys. I just cant believe how many write letters home. It is just so heart warming!

Thank you for helping make this program such a success!

Until Every One Comes Home,
E.M.

USO

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A card from "downrange"

Thanks so much for sending cards to Afghanistan. I was able to pick out wonderful handmade cards, so I could send my children and my wife each a card from "downrange". We normally live in Germany, but at one time I was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA and we lived in Auburn, Washington. So, it's kind of like the cards were sent from home.

Just so you know what it looks like here, and who received the cards, here is a fun picture.

Keep up the good work,
A.T.

Easter Cards are Gone!

Hey Dixie,
I just wanted you to know that your last box arrived safe and sound. I was on leave but got back last week and quickly had the cards out on the table. I just want to say THANK YOU! You guys do such a beautiful job and the cards are just exquisite! All the Easter cards are gone as of this morning. Which should mean they will all arrive at home on time, always good news! I am going to place the Mother's Day cards out next Friday. In your note you mentioned sending us some more. If you do get them we will gladly take them!
Hope you and yours are having a beautiful NC day! I have the dogwoods on my bulletin board by my desk. I am from NC too, by the way. Went to school at Chapel Hill and am from a small town called Randleman outside of Greensboro. Maybe we will meet one day!
Thanks again!
E.M.
USO
Recently, I've been including a picture of a dogwood flower and a brief account of the legend of the dogwood in all my notes to contacts. -Dixie



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Keeping us out of the dog house

Hello Operation Write Home:

Thank you very much for your wonderful collection of cards. The personal touches and craftsmanship is outstanding! My wife and daughters absolutely love receiving the cards which brings a very personal touch versus an e-mail.

Like many other posts, the cards do not last long, as they are a fan favorite. I especially like the fact that you enclosed Mother’s Day cards, as many men would certainly forget this important day. Thus, thank you for keeping us out of the dog house.

V/r

M.L.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The cards lasted a couple days!

Sandy,
We received your cards and I put the box out for everyone to go through. The cards lasted a couple days! They are a big hit with everyone and we appreciate you and your volunteers so much!

V/R
Chaplain (CPT) T.P.

It makes it so easy to write home

Overheard by one of our contacts:

I must let you know that I think Operation Write Home is one of the greatest programs! It makes it so easy to write home, especially with the free postage!

Please extend our thanks to Ciara

Hello Sandy, I am just writing to let you know we have received the box of letters and Mother's Day cards. Thank you so much! Also, please extend our thanks to Ciara as well. Tell her I'll take her for a run when I get home. Blessings.

God's Favor and Peace!

CH (CPT) C. E. L.

The cards have meant a lot to me

 As my tour begins to wind down, I wanted to say thank you to those who have done so much to make my life more enjoyable by providing creature comforts.

The cards have meant a lot to me as well as the people that I send them too and the Service Members and Civilians that I share them with.

Again, thank you so very much for all that you have done

MSG E.B.-Y.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It immediately lifted my spirits

Dear Sandy,

My name is Chief Warrant Officer 2 B.T. and to my surprise, I got a large package today. I have no idea how you got my name and address or even if you know anything about me but it was a wonderful surprise after a long mission. Let me start by telling you a little about myself.

I am a CH-47D Chinook helicopter pilot with the Army National Guard and when I'm not playing "G.I. Joe" on the weekends I'm a Deputy with my County Sheriff's Department. I have 3 young boys waiting for me at home along with a loving and patient girlfriend. I look forward to seeing them when I return home in June.

Today I flew a 7 1/2 hour combat mission and I was extremely exhausted once I landed my aircraft. I walked into my headquarters and to my surprise I had a package. It immediately lifted my spirits to see that total strangers were writing me and sending me a care package and, to my knowledge, they didn't even know me. This war has been going on for so long that, generally, the American public has lost it's American pride. But to see complete strangers sending little ol' me a care package.......well that's just OUTSTANDING!!!!!! Please keep up the good working in supporting us over here and in Iraq. I plan on sharing all the goodies with my fellow pilots here......even though i don't really want to (heheheheheheheheh).

I wish i could write all the wonderful people that took the time to hand write and color on the cards I received but unfortunately I have another long mission tomorrow and I need to get my rest. I hope that you are able to forward this email to them and let them know I am VERY grateful for their thoughts, prayers and cards.
 Once again thank you very much!!!!!


CW2 B. T.

Greatest support tasks in the world

By the way, you guys are doing one of the greatest support tasks in the world! Guys come into the chapel all the time looking for cards to send for various occasions. And when they don't come, I take them to the dining facility (DFAC) and hand them out at dinner a month before a big holiday and get them all to fill them out. At first they are skeptical and tried to play it off as too mamby pamby for themselves, but soon they all get into the act and they are running around trying to see what each other are writing and signing each others cards to family and friends. Thanks for the joy you bring to us all: here and back home!
Fr K.P., Chaplain

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It sure made my day

Thank you for sending me the box full of cards through Operation Write Home! When I received the box yesterday, it sure made my day. It was also the day I sent out the last of the cards I picked out for my kids. I'm letting all my friends know about the box I got so they too can enjoy the wonderful handmade cards.
I'm sorry you've been off work because of surgery. I know how that can be - a few years back my husband also had surgery on his foot, and was on bed rest for a couple of months, then another month with a boot and crutches. I bet you can't wait to walk freely again!

By the way, thanks for the photo of Ciara. It made me think of my dog Makai who is no longer with us. He was a chocolate lab who I miss very much.

Well I got to get ready for work, I'll talk to you again soon!
SGT H. R.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Handing Them Out Like candy

Hello Dixie!
...I just wanted to let you know I received
your package today! Kind of funny, because I got your package and not
the one my mom sent..ha, oh well, I should be receiving hers within the
next few days..Thank you so much for the cards, I will be handing them
out like candy!! All the girls in my tent enjoyed looking at them and
were impressed on how good they looked..Just know
they were all greatly appreciated, and touched numerous Marines out
here...Thank you very much for all your support, it means more than you
know.

Semper Fi.
M.A.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Two beautifully crafted cards

I just wanted to express my gratitude for this project and what it means for our soldiers fighting overseas, and how much it means for us at home. My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan, and this week my children and I received two beautifully crafted cards from him that had Operation Write Home stamped on the back. Thank you for serving our troops this way - in a time where the days and weeks are long while we are apart, not only is it wonderful for them to be able to send us something unique and created with love, but for us at home, hearing from our loved one is a treasure, but when it is something handmade, even more so.

Thank you for your service...
S.H.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The personal letters have made our wall brighter

First, I want to personally thank you for all you do for the soldiers here and elsewhere. Your box of cards is greatly appreciated and the personal letters have made our wall brighter. I suspect we will not need another box but will let you know if the situation changes. Again, thanks for taking the time to let everyone here know that people do remember.

Regards,
JC

I can tell how much time and effort were spent to create these

Dear Sandy,
Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade cards. I can tell how much time and effort were spent to create these. I appreciate your support and warm sentiments. Thank you for your generosity.
CPT S.N.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thank You for Keeping Us Connected

Dixie,
I received another box of cards - Yippie! They are great, and a good reminder that Easter & Mother's Day are upcoming. The day I received the box, not even an hour later I had some soldiers in my office asking if I had any more cards. It was crazy. I took the box into our operations center, and I see people picking out their favorites everyday. They also have so many great comments about the cards.
Thank you for the picture of Clyde. Looks like he could be a handful (I'm not good with dogs) but what a gorgeous dog.
I just got back from my leave, what a great break. I saw my parents and even got a chance to ski a couple of days. Now it is back to work to finish off the deployment. Thank you for all of your support, it is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for keeping us connected and for bringing joy to a bunch of Soldiers.
Hugs,
C.K.
Army, Afghanistan

Saturday, April 2, 2011

These cards really do make a difference!

A comment left on one of our YouTube videos...too good not to share:

My husband is currently deployed to the Middle East and is using these cards to keep in contact with our children. You should see how their faces light up everytime they get one of these cards from their Daddy. My three year old carried her card around with her all day long and then curled up with it at night to sleep. These cards really do make a difference! THANK you so much for what you're doing! You have been a tremendous blessing to our family!
Kay