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.



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

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.

Volunteer Coordinator
USO Kandahar

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love is evident

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.

They are SO beautiful

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!

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!

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,

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,

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.

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,
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!
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,

"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.

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.


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.

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

Just received

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!


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!!


What you all did for my Marines


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.


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!


I did it right this year with your help


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.


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.

*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!