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!