Friday, September 4, 2009
Best card size: A2
There's a reason we do request this size — both as a benefit to our heroes, to OWH, and to you!
Benefit to our heroes
The more cards, the merrier, as far as our heroes are concerned — the more cards we get into a box, the more families at home get to hear from their loved one! The A2 size cards fit the most into the large flat-rate boxes used by OWH, and that's enough to get us to encourage cardmakers to keep to this size or smaller!
We try to be as efficient in our packing as we can, getting over 300 cards in a box, to use donations as wisely as possible. As you can see in the photo, when we have larger cards, we tuck them in one end; these cards pictured, if they were A2, would allow for another whole row of cards!
Larger cards could also be laid across the top — but the top is reserved for AnyHero letters for our men and women, so if we fill it with large cards, we'll have little space for those. (Those little airspace corners you see get filled with treats like nutrition bars or crackers—no space goes to waste with our shippers!)
Benefit to YOU!
The benefit to you, the cardmaker? As long as we have donated envelopes or enough finances donated to purchase envelopes, you can send in your A2 sized cards without envelopes! We found a source for very inexpensive envelopes; they're thin, but they work. So we're now able, as long as we have enough donations, to purchase all the envelopes we need!
The bottom line
So, if you'd like to help with making the most of our donated shipping dollars so we can get the most cards possible in a box—go for the A2s! And include a little donation in your box to cover envelopes for your cards....ship the creativity and leave the envelopes to us!