Sunday, May 6, 2012

Impeccable and perfect

They were passing out Mother’s day cards after church service today.  Thank you!  Your timing was impeccable and the card perfect.  The guys in my Squadron had just been discussion our lack of options the evening prior. The card I received was from Lynn in Alberta Canada. Again, thank you!
-J.G.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

From W.E. in Afghanistan:

I wanted to let you know that I received the box of cards you sent and I want to thank you for taking the time to put these cards together for us. We've all enjoyed picking out our favorites to send home and I know our families have enjoyed receiving them. Thank you again SO VERY MUCH for your support!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Best gift I have gotten


Thank you soooo much for the cards!  I took most of them and shared the rest with my friends.  I love cards and I write at least 100 a month.  That was the best gift I have gotten since I have been here.  You guys are soooo thankful and I have you guys to thank and thanks for thinking of us.

J.V.

How touching it was

I don't possess the eloquence required to sufficiently describe how touching it was to see such beautiful cards, and to find out that they were perfectly free to anyone who wished to pick one up and send it home. It means so much, well first just to see anything that pretty in the middle of a desolate desert, but also knowing that people out there cared enough to make it possible for me to send some little bit of beauty back home too, to cheer lonely loved ones back home. There's something just extra special about being able to wrap loving words in a card of beauty to match, instead of filling in lines of the same old notebook paper every day. Not that there's anything wrong with the latter, but, sometimes it makes you feel even further from home when the letters you send look as plain and dull as everything else you see every day, and the love and emotion with which you fill them seem at times diminished by the fact that they look no different than a hastily scrawled memo or piece of scratch paper at work.
 -K.S., Afghanistan

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Appreciate you taking your time out to support us


Sandy,

I wanted to take the time to thank you and your team for all the beautiful handmade cards we received today. We really appreciate you taking your time out to support us in this wonderful way. It really  means a lot not only to ourselves but to our families back at home who receive these cards from us, not knowing that they come from Americans such as yourself. Thank you again and please continue to keep myself, my unit and our families in your thoughts and prayers.

TSgt A.D.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thank you


I just wanted to write and say thank you for the work you are doing. My husband is on his 6th tour in Afghanistan, and we have 3 sons at home. My husband sent a card to our 10 yr. old, and he just received it today. My husband wrote some encouraging words to help [him] through a tough time right now, and it made all the difference in the world to him right now. Thank you so much for all that you do, it really is very much appreciated.
J.S.

Attention to detail is so appreciated


Hello Sandy,

I received your box of beautiful cards a couple days age while I was out on a mission.  Today on my lunch hour I sent home Mother's day cards to my Mom, and all my Girlfriends that are Moms.  Please let the individuals that make the beautiful cards know they time and attention to detail is so appreciated.

Many Thanks!

Regards,

SFC K.V.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We are using a lot of them


Sandy thanks for the update on the cards. Keep them coming please we are using a lot of them in addition we are supporting a few units on Camp Arifjan, we are also supporting warriors in other parts of the world. By the way I love the Pictures of your dog, it makes me think of home every time I see him, how young is he and what is name?
SPC J.S.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Special station in our mail office

Thank You Ms. Sandy,

Your package arrived today and my Commander and 1SG were very pleased when I brought it to their attention. We will be creating a special station in our mail office where Soldiers can pick up a card and hopefully get your address to write a little thank you in return.

We are very appreciative of your kindness and sacrifice from the homefront.

Please pray for our Soldiers and their families. Pray they return safe to their loved ones.

Thank you again!
Respectfully,

SGT C.J.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thank you from the wives!

From RC: I just received the box of cards today. Everyone in the office was glad to see them. I try to get a few letters a week out to my wife and kids. Every time I write one I make sure I tell the guys because most of them do not write home. There idea of writing home is a email. So now that I bother them so much they have started writing home. So from all the wives back home thank you for sending this out to us.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wonderful cards

Dear Operation Write Home,
We just wanted to take the time to thank you for the wonderful cards you sent us here in Kuwait. It means so much to us that people back home are thinking about us and taking the time to send us such wonderful cards.
Hopefully this note finds you enjoying your family and friends, God bless you!
Lt L.C.

Always come in handy and at the right time

Thank you so much for the box of cards, they always come in handy and at the right time!
Yes, I am scheduled to redeploy 1 May so please do not send another box.
Thanks for being an awesome person and keeping in touch! Blessings to you and your family!
LtCol M.W.

Monday, April 16, 2012

We appreciate hearing from Daddy!

To all of you involved with Operation Write Home:

Thanks so much from a family of a deployed soldier who has sent us several cards that bear your logo on the back of them.  The cards are always beautiful and I can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate hearing from Daddy!  Thank you to everyone involved who has been making our year apart from Daddy a little bit brighter.  You all are a blessing to so many!

Gratefully,
 S.F.

Your hard work and effort is making a difference

Sandy,

Just wanted to send a short note expressing how thankful we are for the cards you've sent us.  My chapel is in an area where people coming in and out of Bagram often spend a few days before moving out to their
destination.  Because of that we have a high turnover of people and many stop in to get a card to mail home.  Please know that your hard work and effort is making a difference here to our Soldiers, Airmen, and Marines.

Courage and strength to you,

Chaplain (CPT) E. J. M.
TF ATLAS CHAPLAIN

The quality of the cards is impressive

Just wanted to send a note of thanks from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. I’m using your cards to send my bride love notes each week. The quality of the cards is impressive. Thank you and your contributors for their efforts.

Sincerely,

LtCol B.K.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Our desire to move forward is due to your backing

Dear Ms Allnock,

The latest box of cards arrived yesterday afternoon. Certainly the Mother's Day cards will be useful.

My two year tour in Afghanistan is coming to an end on May 1st. The end of the tour will be almost bitter-sweet. During the last two years I worked very closely with the British Embassy and the US Army to build a vocational school at the detention facility in Parwan. The "students" are unique. They are men who have been captured on the battle field. A good portion 65% are not hard core insurgents. Rather, they got caught up in the insurgency through economic necessity. They are what we call the $5.00 a day insurgent.

We hope that by teaching men who will someday be released with a skill, they will no longer have a need to work with the insurgency. To that end, we've built a vocational center that teaches carpentry, masonry, plumbing, welding, electrical and rebar work. The curriculum is certified by the Ministry of Education and when the men graduate they are presented a diploma by the Minister. Also since there is a 70% illiteracy rate throughout Afghanistan, we also teach the men how to read and write in their native language. This is a life altering skill. When the men are eligible for release we try to find them employment in their home province.

The reports so far have been positive. Once the former detainees realize that the U.S. and the Afghan governments have improved their lives, they turn their backs to the insurgency. This in turn is saving Americans. If we save one life, it's a success.

Leaving here is hard. The successes are plentiful but there is so much more that needs to be done. Thankfully there are many good men and women to continue what has been started.

Believe me when I say that none of the good work could happen without the support from home. The troops do read the papers and watch the news. They are affected by the reports of declining support for their efforts. The tangible show of support by the great people at Operation Write Home and other organizations goes a long way. Your backing of the men and women in uniform makes a difference everyday. Our soldiers are the greatest in the world. They deserve our support.

Thank you for taking care of our soldiers. Our desire to move forward is due to your backing. In essence, our success is your success. Please pass along our sincere gratitude to the members of OWH.

Best
L.B.
Dedication of the vocational school

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Brightened my whole day

My husband is currently serving in Afghanistan and we have been separated by deployments several times in our marriage. I remember one of his first deployments to Bosnia back when our children were just toddlers, I would love to wait until the kids were in bed each night before checking the mail just in case he had written a letter so I could enjoy his words by myself. Now the kids are much older and our primary means of communication during deployments is either email or SKYPE. Rarely do I receive a hand written letter. Last week when I checked the mail, Bryan had sent me a beautiful card made by one of your volunteers that brightened my whole day. In fact I have it hanging on the bulletin board in my office.

I just wanted to say thank you for the products letters and encouragement the Operation Write Home not only gives our soldiers, but their families as well.

L. B. in Kansas

He sends me lovely letters

Dear Operation Write Home team,
I am the wife of SSG K.W. and he is on his third deployment. He sends me lovely letters in the beautiful cards your organization provides. I truly appreciate the beauty of each card I receive. Thank you to each person who takes the time to create the card, and to Operation Write Home for providing the cards!
Sincerely,
L.W.
P.S. my husband sends me a card almost every day!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Big Thank you from P.C. in Afghanistan

Part of a letter I received from a contact: "..The cards are beautiful, better than most store bought cards and the fact that they are homemade with love makes them even better. My soldiers and I are thrilled to flip through the box to see which ones we are going to take! If I can put in a request please may I get some for Memorial Day and 4th of July red white and blue. We can always use thank you cards to send those for the care packages we receive. We appreciate your support of us while we are on mission."

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thanks for all your support and all you d

Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know I will be departing next month. I will be passing the torch for these great on to V.D.; she will be here until next year and will be able to ensure our team gets the deliveries.

Thanks for all your support and all you do for our troops. Operation Write Home makes a positive huge impact on morale, and we all sincerely appreciate your role in getting the cards out!
J.H.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Being put to good use

We have received the most recent box of cards. I want to thank you so very much. They are definitely being put to good use. It takes less than about 4-5 days for them all to be scooped up.
M.C.

How gorgeous the cards are

Thanks again for all of your support, and please extend my thanks to all of the wonderful card makers. My son, family and friends have always talked about how gorgeous the cards are that they receive, and I know it makes my son's day to get a card from me.
L.K.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Brought a great smile to my heart

Hello gang, just to let you know my sweetheart is deployed to Bagram Afghanistan and yesterday I received one of your cards in the mail from her. She works 6 twelve hour days and 8 hours on Sunday. Yes 80 hours a week. Resources are very limited for her and she was very proud to be able to send me a card from your program not to say it brought a great smile to my heart to get it delivered to my mailbox here in South Bend, Indiana. When we did speak she told me about Operation Write Home and I want to thank you for your efforts.
Keep up the good work.  
Doug B.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wall of thanks

Our wall of thanks to Operation Write Home! We LOVE all these cards from our soldier. They are too cute to stash in a drawer, plus the kids like looking over and over again at what Daddy sent them!

Each one special

Hi Sandy,

I received a box of your wonderful cards today.  I love each and everyone of them as I know someone from back home spend their time making each one special.
please pass on my gratitude.

Respectfully,

SFC K.V.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Light at the end of the Tunnel

Hi Kris,

I got the care package and yes you are correct I should be departing
theater mid May. Wow, the year has flown by...NOT! Some days have been
better than others. This is not my first deployment so I've come to
expect ups and downs. There was talk of me being extended but I haven't
heard any of it lately so I think I'm good to depart o/a mid May.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed receiving the
lovely cards from you and your organization. I wish I knew of you before
this deployment. I will be sure to look you up during my next
deployment and I will tell all my friends about you. You have been a
blessing and sense of comfort to me and so many of our service members.
I still need to send out my Easter cards. My heart is in it but my hands
are tired of writing...smile.

Home is close...I can see light at the end of the tunnel but still I
must stay focused until I'm back in the states. Thank you so much Kris
for all you do to make deployments tolerable and keep families connected
through these wonderful cards. This will be a wonderful memory that will
stay with me.

Big hugs from all of us at Task Force Biometrics

v/r
MSG B.C. in Afghanistan

Friday, March 9, 2012

Something special about a card or letter

My Name is Sergeant Major L.S. and I am writing this e-mail to express my sincere thanks to all those responsible for Operation Write Home.

I had only been in Afghanistan for a few days when I realized if I did not send a card or something to my wife and my daughter for Valentines day it would be late.

I went to the little PX we have here to purchase a card or something and nothing - that's when one of my Soldiers produced a box full of cards some of which looked homemade.

I selected my cards sent them off for free and though I missed the suspense by a couple days my wife and daughter loved them.

I know we have e-mail, twitter and facebook but there is something special about a card or letter even if it's just a quick note inside.

My wife has saved every letter and card I have ever sent while on deployment.

So thanks again - what all of you are doing makes a big difference.

Very Respectfully
Sergeant Major L.S.

Monday, March 5, 2012

It inspires me to keep in touch

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

I am currently at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and just wanted to say thank you for sending the cards to us here at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital! Last time I was deployed, I guess we didn't know about
'Operation Write Home', and this time it's been so nice to have the cards available, and I really enjoy seeing the creativity.

A lot of people ask what they can send while I'm deployed--and I think these cards are perfect. It inspires me to keep in touch with my family, and doesn't add to my waistline!

Thank you so much,

-Jennifer

Colorful, fun, and various cards

To the Operation Write Home Team,

Thank you so much for the cards. I am currently stationed in Afghanistan. My husband and sisters are also in the military, stationed in different parts of the world. The colorful, fun, and various cards have been a great way for me to keep in touch with friends and family. Every time I look through the cards, one or more reminds me of a particular person. It’s such a blessing to have these at my disposal! Again, thank you so much for all of your hard work and support!

Sincerely,

SSgt A.C.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The box of cookies and cards was a surprise

Ma'am:
A BIG thank you from the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq, Army Aviation section here in Baghdad, Iraq for the Valentine's Day cookies and cards! The box of cookies and cards was a surprise and we were all grateful to OWH for coordinating the treats along with the Valentine's Day cards. Please tell all who volunteered to make this shipment special that we truly appreciate their efforts. The extra mile they went for us to make this happen is very much appreciated.
Maj A.S.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Keep in touch personally

I’m currently serving in Afghanistan. I wanted to e-mail you and thank you so very much for the beautiful cards your service provides for me to keep in touch personally with my family. Along with the free mail service here I’m able to send my son a letter every day. Although I have e-mail, I think a personal card means so much more. Again, thank you.

With Respect,
A.H.

A big hit in the office

Sandy,
Thank you so much for the cards, they were a big hit in the office. I am going to be leaving here in April however there will be people running this shop down here if you want to continue to send cards.

Again thank you for sending them. The Christmas ones went really fast, and the valentines were just as big of a hit.

I am sure you guys want to hear good news about what's going on down here. Things are going really good for the most part. There is a constant change in personnel for the Air Force. We only get sent for 6 months for the most part so that really helps. I know as a 20 year old here, I have learned a lot by just coming here.

Thank you for all the support that you guys provide. It really does help us!

From all of us, thanks!
Airman T.E.

Labor of love and prayers

My thoughts travel to all of you! I want to thank you for the continual encouragement that you continue to be to so many people! We appreciate your organization because without you, the beauty of communication would be greatly affected.
Thank you for your continued l. God is so hearing all your petitions from across the waters.
Love to all of you!
C.N.

A smile on my face

I wanted to thank you for your amazing cards! They put a smile on my face, and the best part, I know my loved ones smile when they receive them. This is such a wonderful program. You're truly appreciated and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
2Lt N.B.

I always get so excited

Thank you so much for the Valentine's Day and other cards. I always get so excited to look through all the beautiful cards! I hope you enjoy your vacation - I get to take mine soon too!
Love the pictures with your puppy...I so miss mine!
Thank you!
P.S.

Happy Valentines Day

Thanks to you and your folsk for the great cards. Happy Valentines Day to everyone!
From the CJIATF-435 family

Your gift of love

Dear Ms Allnock,
Thank you for your support and all who make Operation Write Home the succes it is. While Msgt O. has redeployed back to the states, please be assured that the new Post Chapel staff will distribute and encourage the soldiers to write home!
May your gift of love be shared by those who write the cards and those that receive them.
Blessings,
Ch K.H.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

LOVE OUR COUNTRY

Kris, Thank you so much for all the beautiful cards. This reminds me of all the nice/wonderful people back in the states. Thanks to you I have been able to write so many cards to loved ones. I have also shared many with my troops! That's great about the weather. It has been a mild one here. High 70's; however you can see your breath some nights. True, I am leaving some times in April. However I am going to distribute your cards to our community center. Again I am so amazed at your kindness. We need more people like you in the world, taking time oiut to help us write home. Well I'm just in awe of the compassion shown. Thanks for everything!

Take Care,
J.F in Afghanistan

PS...You make me love our country!!!


***I met this guys wife at the PO one day when shipping OWH boxes. She and I had a conversation in line ending with me giving her my card. She emailed me his address and I have been sending to him since then!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

From a new Contact....

K.B. in Afghanistan writes: "I just got in from a long mission and it is so wonderful to have received an email from you. Yes that is my correct address and I can't wait to read the hero mail and dig through the box of beautiful cards! My family and I have been so appreciative for the ones that I just happened to come across on the other side of base! Thank you so much in advance."

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It makes me feel less isolated

Thank you so much for sending the cards to us!

It makes me feel less isolated to be able to send something so beautiful to people back home. I am really touched because you are helping to keep our relationships alive.

Best!

LTC S.H.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine's Day Bags

Sandy,
I am currently headed back to the states! My deployment will soon be over. Thank you very much for your talent in making and organizing cards and your passion for our deployed troops. We have had so many people thrilled to receive them to send home. It has made a huge difference in the morale of our personnel stationed here. 

SSgt T.A. put together "Valentine's Day Bags" from some of the Valentine cards you sent and gave them to our Security Forces Troops. She put a card, candy, and a phone card in the bag and encouraged them to send the card to their loved ones. It was a huge hit and they were asking for more. 

If you have more cards to send this way, SSgt A. would make a great POC for you. She is at the same address and she will be here for a few more months and is very energetic on getting cards out to folks. Again, words cannot express the appreciation I have for "Operation Write Home." I have already told my wife we are going to be supporters of the program when I get back home through monetary support. Thank you and God bless you and God bless the USA!

Peace,
K.D.S., Ch, Capt, USAF
Protestant Chaplain

Monday, February 6, 2012

I love the hero mail also

Hello,

I received your first box of cards today, we absolutely love them!!!! I have already written and addressed about a dozen different cards to friends and family. I love the hero mail also, the drawings and colorings from the kids are my favorite.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful program, it is hard to find greeting cards and even simple paper and envelopes but with such caring people hand making cards for us to send back out it such a wondrful heart felt thing to be able to do.

Thank you again...
TSGT C.C.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shout out to Archway and a big thanks

Lovely note in the "real" mail from K.B. in Afghanistan today:

"We received a box of cookies from Archway, they were delicious and we also received the Valentines. We put them in the chapel mart so those of us who work in the hospital can have access to them. Needless to say, they were gone quick...Hope all is going well and thank you for everything! Love, K"

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Caring people like yourself

Dear Sandy,

I am Specialist S. P. and I am stationed at Kandahar Airfield which is just outside of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. I have been in the Army 6 years now I am a Chaplain’s Assistant and currently I work with the only Jewish Rabbi in Afghanistan. I also help out at the Chapel Ministry Center (CMC) on days that I am not traveling to different smaller bases providing religious support. I am 5 months into my deployment with just 7 more to go before I get back home to my lovely wife!

The service members and I greatly appreciate your support and generosity to us who are serving in Afghanistan. I take the cards I receive from you and I make sure the items get to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. I take great pride in my job to support service members by also providing and maintaining a place to have religious meetings such as bible studies or prayer groups, having movie nights, and distributing snacks and personal hygiene products sent to us by caring people like yourself! I cannot thank you enough for your support, care, and prayers! Please thank -all of the volunteers for their kind gestures and hard work in putting together all of these sincere cards and boxes of goodies.

God Bless You!!!
Specialist S. P.

Monday, January 30, 2012

I appreciate your help in keeping me in contact

Operation Write Home,

Thank you for the blank cards which I used to stay in touch with my wife and kids from Afghanistan. Where I am stationed, card stock or envelopes are not available. Just when I was hunting around for writing material your gifts came arrived.

I appreciate your help in keeping me in contact with my family and providing thank you card to people who send boxes.

Cheers,

K.B.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

More heroes enjoying Archway COOKIES!

These photos were found on Sandy's Facebook wall - they are a hoot! From the soldier posting them: "The guys realy liked the cookies. Its amazing how photogenic guys get when treats are involved!" Many many thanks to Archway for matching our Valentines with cookies!!

Captions below each are those posted by the soldier:
I'm Taking the last box and there is nothing you can do to stop me.... hhaahhhaaa!
 


Notice how SPC King is guarding his cookies like a Football receiver running for the touchdown.


WOO HOOO look what we got!
 



Hey Eric look what we got today.
 


WOW someone sent us cookies!!!!


Say cheese.... No Way how bout COOKIE!!!

Yummmmmuuuummm, they're so good I just cant stop eating them.

Aussie friend, have some American goodness, better than your biscuits.

"Hey Sarg, these are realy Good."
 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Archway Cookie Pictures at USO Kandahar

Sandy,
Thank you for continuing to send the BEAUTIFUL cards! Yours always go the fastest! We can not replenish them quickly enough! It means the world to our troops to be able to send cards home to their loved ones. They will come in with the intention to send one card and then 12 cards later they realize they're late for formation! (I also like to send your cards to my loved ones too!)

Here are some pictures of the troops writing your Valentine's Day cards while eating Archway Cookies. I put the pictures on our USO Kandahar Facebook page and tagged Operation Write Home and Archway Cookies in the first picture.

Sincerely,
S.K.
Volunteer Coordinator
USO Kandahar



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love is evident

Sandy,
I was so touched by the significant contribution of cards that your group provided us...I just had to personally extend my gratitude. We are located in a place where stationary is hard to come by. You have truly blessed us with your beautiful cards. The love you have placed in this outreach effort is evident.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
L.

They are SO beautiful

Sandy,
I just wanted to thank you so much for the greeting cards! They are SO beautiful and all of the soldiers here loved them! My family and friends loved receiving them as well. Anyways, thank you again!
Sincerely,
J.G.

Definitely good for morale

From all of us here at the S2 shop, we really appreciate the support this holiday season. Our holiday party was a blast, and d
Thanks again, and happy holidays to you and yours!
Sincerely,
D.

Thank you doesn't seem a big enough reply!

Dear Sandy and staff and family:
I received your box of cards the other day! They are amazing as usual. Thank you doesn't seem a big enough reply! It means so much that God allows me to write to family and friends with such a beautiful expression of love. You all are amazing and I remain so thankful!

Our company rotates back to Missouri by April, so that will be the last month cards will be needed.

I love all of you for the continued blessing in the handmade cards!
Love always,
C.N.

Very nice surprise!

Thank you for the Valentines Day cards. Just in time as promised! Being able to write home means so much. The cookies were a very  nice surprise! Thank you for all your hard work,
J.

Special cards

Dear Operation Write Home,
Thank you for all your cards. It was so much fun looking through all the cards and sending your special cards home to my friends and family. We really appreciate the time you take to hand make and send all the cards out here.
Sincerely,
K.S.

Only 39 days

Thank you for another lovely shipment of cards! Valentine's Day is close, which  means we are close to coming HOME! Only 39 days til we're on the ground in the states. God Bless America! Thank you so much for your support during this year. We really appreciate it. You are wonderful!
Semper fidelis,
LT C.F.
PS Happy New Year to you and Ciara!

Thank you for all that you are doing with OWH

Thank you for all that you are doing with OWH. I know I wouldn't have the opportunity to send mail to loved ones without OWH. The picture of Ciara is awesome. I have a golden, Haley, back home. I've attached a picture of her with this card. Thank you once again!
CPT S.N., USAF
Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

To All Who Wrote (AnyHero mail!)

To All Who Wrote:

As a soldier who has been deployed for 11 months now, I can say that the support from writing people like you has been a true blessing. Going over a stack of cards, it is beyond words to explain the gratitude for
those who put pen to paper - to let us know that our actions were appreciated, our sacrifices were not forgotten, and - most important - that we were being prayed for.

Especially in an era of growing electronic communications, getting a hand-written card or letter means all the more!

By your actions, you have added definition to the quote below from G.K. Chesterton. Therefore, please know that your time spent reaching out was not in vain. I hope too you will realize that your impact is much broader, and more profound, than you will ever know.

But by grace, with thanksgiving,
M.J.W.



"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him."
 --English writer G. K.
Chesterton
(1874-1936)

One Grateful Soldier

I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and received a stack of the cards from your operation. They are pretty and I know a lot of hard work went into making them. I enjoy sending the cards home better than buying the commercial ones that we can purchase at the PX. Thank you very much..

One Grateful Soldier.

SSG T.C.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Amazing cards

Many thanks for your amazing cards from USO FOB Shindand! (Afghanistan)

The cards are a serious pick-up

Ms. Sandy Allnock,

We're very grateful that you've choosen B Company, 172D Support Battalion to adopt. Our Soldiers conduct vehicle maintenance around the clock and various other duties. These hard working men and women appriciate your support and they'll look for you on facebook and a link within the
brigade to the 172D Support Battalion will show more of us. We salute you and those that brace us as we get through our journey and hopefully we'll meet one day soon. Thanks for reinforcing our base foundation
known as the Bandit Family Readiness Group too. I encourage any additional interaction that shores up our Soldiers and Families morale on both fronts.

The last picture was a platoon photo during SPC K's promotion. The middle photo has me by the gidon in the front.

The cards are a serious pick-up and we keep a box out for troops daily. I'm very sorry I haven't written sooner, but around the clock, I run a company that supports numerous units to keep all of our Soldiers safe.

V/r
1SG M. L. J.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

I really appreciate your support

Received by a teacher in answer to kids AnyHero mail:

Hey bud,

Thanks for the nice picture/message you sent me. I really appreciate your support. I'm currently working on managing most of the construction projects going on in and around Kabul. Some of our projects are building schools so the kids here can get an education. A few year ago only 20 percent of the kids were going to school. Now it's close to 80 percent. If you have any questions drop me a line and I'll do my best to get back to you. It's pretty busy out here though so it may take a few days. I hope you have a great weekend.

G.C.G, 1Lt, USAF

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

These cards are awesome

Hello Ladies,

I just wanted to say thank you for the great cards. I pick them up at our Red Cross from time to time. These cards are awesome and I distributed them to our Sailors here in Bagram.

With best regards
LS1(SW/AW) A.P.

Just received

Sandy,
I just received the box of cards you sent. They really came in handy as I just sent cards to my wife and girls for Valentine's Day and a birthday card to my daughter who will turn 4 on FEB 10. I'll leave the
rest out for other soldiers in my unit to use.

Thank you very much!

V/r,
LT K.B.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

We have been able to keep in touch

Ms. Sandy Allnock,

I wanted to thank you and Operation Write Home for all of the wonderful cards we have received throughout our deployment. We are nearing our 12 month mark in March. I am very excited to finally get home and spend time with my husband and the rest of my family. I work in a staff section of about 25 soldiers we coordinate movement of equipment, medical logistics and operations, maintenance, ammunition, and supply. Between all of the soldiers who work here and soldiers from other sections in my company we have been able to keep in touch with loved ones. I heard about Operation Write Home from the unit we replaced last March and I will be sure to tell the incoming unit about your organization as well. Since we are nearing our last months we will slowly stop receiving mail. We still have some cards on hand so I don't think we will need any more boxes. I don't know if there is a process to cancel our cards or if this note is enough. I really am grateful for all of the hard work and support from all the volunteers and donors. Thank you and may God bless you all!!

V/R
CPT A.L.

What you all did for my Marines

Hello;

I would like to request that my name and address to removed, meaning, to stop receiving cards.

You all have been great, but we are slowly getting closer to our end date and I think it would be more beneficial for other people to be taken care of. On my behalf and my Marines I would like to thank you for your assistance. I truly appreciate what you all did for my Marines.

Take care and God Bless you.
v/r
CWO2 R M J

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Already passed out all of the cards

Thank you for your support this holiday season. It is a treat to get such things because we do not have a store at our camp. We have already passed out all of the cards and have shared the cards letters by posting them in the MWR. I hope the holidays are nice for you!
K.J, USAF

The soldiers will truly enjoy sending them

Dear Ms Sandy Allnock.
I want to thank you for your gift of cards. The soldiers will truly enjoy sending them to their loved ones. May the Lord continue to bless you.
Sincerely,
L.H.D.

Hanging on the walls all around the office

Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for the Christmas cards and letters. We all enjoyed them and they are hanging on the walls all around the office. We truly appreciate all you do to bring smiles to our faces and make us feel a little closer to home.

Maj P.S.

Cards were already rummaged through

Hey Sandy thank you so much for the cards. You are going to be upset at me. Once I got the box of cards, I opened them and walked away for about 20 minutes and the cards were already rummaged through so we didn't get pics. So sorry! Hope you have a great holiday, stay in touch.
SSG E.P.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

From a returning Marine!

We are all busy packing out and getting ready to go; I'd rather the beautiful cards went to another unit that would have an opportunity to use them.
Thank you for all the support and good luck in your new position.
The cards were a God send and helped make many families and family members, back in the states, very happy.

You and your organization are appreciated.
Thank you.

Z.W. (Afghanistan)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Greatly appreciated

Thank you and the rest of the volunteers at OWH, for your continued support towards our staff and wounded warriors. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

V/R

SrA S.P.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Thank You Card!

Dear Operation Write Home,

Thank you so much for being so generous! We all really love your cards! Each one of them is unique!

F.K.  

I did it right this year with your help

Hi!

I'm really bad at Christmas Cards, but this year I felt obliged to write given the absolutely beautiful cards that I passed whenever I entered the Joint Operations Center here in Kabul. I'm a big email guy, but I know special occasions require something extra, and the cards provided the medium. If arm-twisting was your intention, it worked!

I'm with I-Corps here in Afghanistan, and we're filling slots in IJC (which stands for ISAF Joint Command - ISAF standing for International Security Assistance Force.) I got here in July '11, and it's appearing I'll be leaving in June '12 (a few weeks less than a year, yeah!) We're located just north of the Kabul International
Airport. It started to snow a couple days ago, and we have ~ 3 inches accumulation. The duty is not hard, and we work with soldiers from about 49 other countries, so it keeps things interesting. I do hope
your cards made it out to more austere portions of Afghanistan where our soldiers have it worse than me.

I didn't notice your operation when I was in Iraq, but when I first saw your cards here, I was very impressed. Your volunteer work is a very valuable service in my opinion, so thank you very much! The
cards so inspired me that I'm going to try to make my own cards next year. After all, if you're going to send cards, you might as well do it right! At least I did it right this year with your help.

LTC D.O.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

This whole base will benefit

Hi Sandy,
Your latest package of cards just reached me. I had been completely down in the dumps over my mail. Since moving from FOB Payne to FOB Delaram I had not been getting mail. Thankfully, it all came at once and your packages* were included. Thanks for brightening my day. Our MWSS Marines are going to use these. Bottomline, this whole base will benefit from the caring donations by your organization. Thank you again.
V/R LCDR K.R.

*a whole flatrate box full of AnyHero mail and a box with their valentines....just wait til their cookies get there in a couple weeks!