Friday, September 11, 2009
THE Birthday Party Post!
Happy Birthday to us ALL!
Yes, indeed, it's a birthday for everyone involved....we couldn't have done all of this without every single crafter who's made a card, every donor who's given of their resources, and every hero who's written home! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
This is the Official Party Post - so be sure to read on to make sure you don't miss any of the fun!
Have a piece of cake and celebrate with us!
Check out the gifts we've received for our birthday....
Gift 1: Photos! You've probably seen the new OWH video by now, and all those photos were taken just for this big event by our heroes abroad! One that was possibly missed for its extraordinariness in the video is this one below; click on it to enlarge it, and you'll notice first they've created "OWH" out of their formation, and they're each also holding a card!!! Check out all the photos!
Gift 2: A flag from Mosul, Iraq! This came from one of our Combat Support Hospitals there, and was the flag hanging in the video on the CFH landing page, and is pictured in the photo at the top of this post as well. Thank you Major S, what an HONOR!
Gift 3: Envelopes! The word got out that we were in need, and Glenn S of the Vietnam Veterans Association came through for us! HOOAH! How awesome!!
Gift 4: A poem written just for this occasion by supporter Kathy C. in New York:
OPERATION WRITE HOME
CardsForHeroes.org is a wonderful group
Of people who really do care
The card makers create extra special cards
For military contacts to share.
These contacts distribute the cards to the folks
Who are serving abroad in harm’s way
Be they soldiers, marines, sailors or airmen
These cards really do make their day.
The beautiful cards are sent home to their friends
Or husbands or kids or their wives
They write in these cards and pour out their hearts
They share this time in their lives.
It’s a way for the warriors to stay in touch
With loved ones that they hold so dear
The messages sent are full of their love
That these families and friends need to hear.
And now this awesome group has evolved
And they celebrate a new name
Henceforth they are called Operation Write Home
But remember their mission’s the same.
They want all the warriors to know they are loved
And they want families to feel this as well
So welcome to Operation Write Home
And Cards For Heroes we bid thee farewell.
September 12, 2009
Gift 5: Birthday wishes from....none other than Tim Holtz!
Gift 6: A box a year from a hero
One of our deployed heroes who's now stateside is sponsoring a box a month for a year in honor of our birthday!!!!
Gift 7: Flowers from a contact in Afghanistan!!!
And yes, we know you love to take a chance to win something fun and crafty! We've partnered with a lot of companies who wanted to celebrate along with us — thank you to each and every individual and business who have added to the fun! And here's what's up for the drawing!
- Hambo Stamps : Grab Bag of Assorted Rubber Stamps
- Paperbag Studios : (4) $5.00 gift certificates to store
- Service Memories LLC / Jann Hunt : Grab Bag of Patriotic & Military Items for Cardmaking
- Cornish Heritage Farms / Liz Pomeroy : Packet of Stamps
- Gina K. Designs / Gina Krupsky : Stamp TV Kit (Check out the Video Demo here!!)
- The Button Farm / Angela Moen : Card Making Kit
- Anita Konvicka / Stampin Up : $30.00 SU Gift Certificate
- Core'dinations : 120 sheets of sandable cardstock
- Scrap Diner : $25 Gift Certificate
- Sunshine's Stamps - $20 Gift Certificate
- Hero Arts - FOUR sets of cling stamp sets!
- Darlene A, CTMH Consultant - Happy Birthday Stamp set and Idea Book
- Glover Rubber Stamp & Crafts - $25 gift certificate
To enter the drawing: Leave a comment on THIS blog post with a hello for our heroes! We'll print out the whole list and send it to them....so show them some love! Winners of the above prizes will be chosen randomly from those who post; so be sure you either sign in with an ID we can find you at, or check back here midweek after we've had a chance to draw the names of the winners. We'll post them and by Wednesday.
For those who want to leave a general comment about the party, the new name, etc — we started a Whaddyathink post here for general discussion!
If you've checked out the site, the videos, the slideshows, and prizes — feel free to pass on the news! Post pictures or videos to your Facebook page.....join our OWH Facebook Fan Page (and check out the extra goodies posted there!)....Share photos and videos on your blog.....Tweet up a storm! Let's get the word out about what you think of our big change! And then let's get busy making cards!!
Thank-yous....so many people to thank for getting our birthday party rolling! To Paula, bless you for helping get our files revamped and our stamps designed! To Eddy, your skills in making our opening announcement (birthday balloon) video are unrivaled, thank you! To Roberto, our Flashman! You rock!! Couldn't have done this without your counsel! To the brainstormers in CS, on the board, and around the cardmaking and deployed universe, you're awesome folks!! To our shippers who keep the cards moving - wowowow your dedication is amazing! To Charles in D.C., thanks for your incredibly wise legal counsel! To the helpdesk at GoDaddy, thanks for holding my hand late at night when I couldn't get things to work....to the web team at P2H, bless you for all you put up with! To our prize donors, thank you for making our celebration so awesome!