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.