Monday, November 30, 2009

Mailroom Monday Report: Nov 30, 2009...2,982 cards mailed

The very very last of the holiday shipping has been going out the door....PHEW! Next up...Valentines!




To  heroes in Afghanistan:
325 cards to a Navy unit
325 cards toa Marine unit
  

To heroes in Iraq:
338 cards to an Army unit
338 cards to an Army unit
338 cards to an Army unit
338 cards to an Army unit
325 cards to an Army unit
655 cards to a USO team






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent:1,051
Number of hero contacts: 624
Total cards sent: 279,487!

Deadline reminders:
Christmas and Hannukkah: passed BUT 
read this blog post and send in "winter" cards!
AnyHero Christmas letters: Dec 1
Valentines: Jan 5
 

Shipper needs this week: Now listed on our "Biggest Needs" post here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Music Stopped

[Received in an email...inpsirational!]


For those who are unaware, at all military theaters, the National Anthem is played before every movie, a long standing tradition. This was purportedly written by a Chaplain; Snopes has nothing on it, so it's not certain it was, but....it's worth posting anyway!
I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3' here at LSA Anaconda.  We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings.  As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through The National Anthem the music stopped.

Now, what would happen if this occurred with 1,000 18 to 22-year-olds back in the States?  I imagine there would be hoots, catcalls, laughter, a few rude comments; and everyone would sit down and call for a movie.. Of course, that is, if they had stood for the National Anthem in the first place.

Here, the 1,000 Soldiers continued to stand at attention, eyes fixed forward. The music started again.  The Soldiers continued to quietly stand at attention.  And again, at the same point, the music stopped. What would you expect to happen? Even here I would imagine laughter, as everyone finally sat down and expected the movie to start.

But here, you could have heard a pin drop. Every Soldier continued to stand at attention.  Suddenly there was a lone voice, then a dozen, and quickly the room was filled with the voices of a thousand soldiers, finishing where the recording left off:

"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

It was the most inspiring moment I have had here in  Iraq . I wanted you to know what kind of Soldiers are serving you here. Remember them as they fight for you!

Pass this along as a reminder to others to be ever in prayer for all our soldiers serving us here at home and abroad.  For many have already paid the ultimate price..

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday Nov 26: 7,904 cards received


We've shared this before....but Thanksgiving day seems a good day to post it once again.






We're up to 2,879 cardmakers now! Can we make it to 3,000 before the end of the year?


We are SO grateful for all our cardmakers and financial donors — and of course our heroes! This project is such a wonderful joining of efforts among so many, and it's hard to say thank you in the limited words we have in the English language!


Much gratitude to all the donors this past week:
  1. Harrisburg UMC, North Carolina - what amazing AnyHero letters! You all have blessed sooooo many heroes, I can hardly wait to get these in the mail! Bless you for taking up such a wonderful collection for shipping funds too!
  2. Back Creek Youth - oooohhh my! I am so glad Ms C gave me a kleenex alert - your AnyHero cards are so special!
  3. Dixie C and friends, Harrisburg NC - these cards are perfect for AnyHero notes - thank you!!! Thanks for the cards for our hero too.
  4. Cindy E and the Los Gatos Elks - beauuuuutiful! Thank you so much especially for all the looovvveee cards!
  5. Debbie G, Magna UT - wow on all these wonderful cards - THANKS!
  6. The Emmanuel Fellowship Church, Akron, OH - Thank you for the any hero letters!
  7. Nora G, Medford OR, I love seeing your bloghop cards in person...even more special! Thank you for your shipping help too! :)
  8. Lindsay M, Carrboro NC, thank you for joining what's turned out to be "AnyHero Day" at my house, these are fantastic cards! And your shipping donation means so much - thank you!!
  9. Kathy R, Duncan SC, your AnyHero cards from the hop are just YUMMY! Love these....thank you so much!!
  10. Sharon S, San Jose CA, thank you so much for this great package of cards....just lovely, bless you!
  11. Mary Ann S, Fontana CA - you make such pretty cards....I love all the blingggggg! Thank you so much for your donation and ALL those AnyHero cards too...what a wonderful box :)
  12. The Abner Creek Church, Greer, SC - Thank you for the box of cards and all the extra envelopes, they will definitely go to good use!
  13.  Maggie, thanks for coordinating everything in PA! Thanks to Alex, Bernie and Jillie C, and Jennifer H, Katina T, Dianne M, and Toni L from Pittsburgh; and Maggie and Doug J, Joy B from Cranberry Township. Y'all ROCK!
  14. Kathy P., Windham, NH - Thank you so much for the holiday cards, they are going out in the last of the holiday boxes on Monday!
  15. Patricia A and kids at Bartlesville High School, Bartlesville OK......thank you for the wonderful Any Hero cards.  Much appreciated.
  16. Rosemary D, Tacoma WA - thanks so much for the shipping donation!!
  17. Janis D, Olustee OK......Great Valentines Day cards!!!! Thank you!
  18. Jeanine D, Cleveland TN.....thank you for the great package of cards!!!  Beautitul!!
  19. Cindy E, El Cajon Ca - thanks so much for the fantastic valentines - and the ANyHero cards! Awesome!
  20. Kristin G and Alpha Phi Omega, Fayetteville AR......these are wonderful Any Hero cards.  Thank you.
  21. Cheryl G, Edmonds WA - and friends - thank you soooo much! Your AnyHero cards and others are just wonderful! Thanks for the Paypal gift as well....you're a blessing!
  22. Cindy H, Lori H, Dee M, and Rosemary D - thanks for getting together to make so many beauuuuutiful cards, ladies! What fun it was, as well as productive! :)
  23. Gai J, Dallas TX.......Beautiful cards!!!  Love them!
  24. Janet J, Minneapolis MN....thank you for the cards.
  25. Teresa K, Vancouver WA, thanks so much for all the fantastic cards and generous donation!
  26. Cindy M, Normal IL.....great box of cards in assorted themes.  Appreciate the Any Hero cards as well.  THANKS!
  27. Dee M, Puyallup WA, thanks for even more awesome cards!
  28. Traci O, East Lansing MO.....these cards are wonderful.  Thank you!
  29. Michelle P, Montgomery IL - lovvvve all the AnyHero cards, thank you! Please tell your daughter a HUGE thank you---what a great card SHE made too!
  30. Wendy P and the Young Women's group at First Baptist, Paris AR....thank you for the wonderful Any Hero cards!
  31. Carole Ann S and residents of Bayou Manor and 1st grade students, The Woodlands TX......WOW! What an awesome box of Any Hero cards and letters.  Thank you!
  32. Mary U, Keysville VA.....thank you for the cute birthday card!!
  33. Joanne W, Dort Mill SC......WOW! Thank you for having a card signing day.  These Any Hero cards are wonderful.  The other cards are beautiful as well!!!
  34. April W, Weatherby PA.....what an awesome package of cards!  Thank you so much.
  35. To our donor in Chehalis WA - Thanks for all the great "warm winter" cards! Cute cute snowmen :)
  36.  SuzAnn H, Salt Lake City UT - your generosity is such a blessing, thank you for another wonderful gift!
  37.  Janice A, Bountiful UT - lovely love and winter cards - thanks so very much, your timing is perfect :)
  38.  Carol B., Saint Albans, ME - Lovely cards!  Thank you so much!
  39.  Castalia B., Fall River, MA - Thank you for creating some cards for our heroes!
  40.  Kathy C. and the St. Augustine's Church, Ilion, NY - Thank you so much for the any hero letters, and for the generous shipping donation!  Both are very appreciated!
  41.  Rita D, Charlevoix MI.....thank you for the package of cards.  I love that smiley face image!!!
  42.  Kelly H-R and Brownie Troop 3354, Parker CO......WOW! What a wonderful box of Any Hero cards.  Great job girls!!! These will brings lots of smiles to many faces!!
  43.  Andrea & Erin J, St Germain WI......thank you so much for the gorgeous cards!!! Much appreciated.
  44.  Mr. Leary and the Merritt Island High School, Merritt Island, FL - Thank you so much for your wonderful photo cards - what a great class activity!
  45.  Fran L, Clearwater FL.....thank you for the pretty cards!
  46.  Reta M, Fair Oaks Ranch TX - thanks so much for your cards last month....and for your persistence and grace you've shown us! :-)
  47.  Ann M, Brooksville FL......beautiful cards!!! Thank you.
  48.  Dolores M, Largo FL......a great package of cards! Beautiful.
  49.  Tina P and Cornerstone Croppers, Dalton OH......thank you so much for the gorgeous cards!!!
  50.  Melanie R and Cub Scout Pack 1, Webelos 1 Den, Waukesha WI.......great job!! These cards are wonderful.
  51.  Rebecca S, Munster IN......thank you for the beautiful cards and Any Hero letters.  Much appreciated!
  52.  Missy S and students at Philadelphia University......thank you for taking time to make and write notes to our service members!!!
  53.  Cassie T, Columbus GA......thank you for the wonderful cards.  
  54. Joan W, Tacoma WA, thanks for more supercute cards!
  55.  Cath E, Draper UT - WOW! So many boxes, so many cards! Thank you sooooo much!
  56.  Kay and Bob, thanks for an evening of helping hands! Plus the generous shipping donation, extra envelopes, and all the cards from you and Bea....you're all so wonderful!!!
  57. Lina W, Hampton VA....sweeeeet cards, I love that sentiment! Thank you!
  58. Dolores A, Frederick MD - you're doing so GREAT at making cards, Mom! Thanks!!!!
  59. Christine C, Forest Lake MN.....thank you for the lovely cards!!!
  60. Hannah M, Naples FL.....WOW, these tins are so cool.  I know the service members will love these for keeping pictures of their loved ones in!!!
  61. Jody S, Franklin WI.....wonderful cards!!! Love these....THANK YOU!
  62. Louise S, Milwaukee WI.....thank you for the beautiful cards.  Love them!
  63. Carol S, Milwaukee WI....a great package of cards.  Thank you!
  64. Ruth T and Mason C, Carpinteria CA - thanks soooo much for all the valentines!!!
  65. Gabrielle W and Brownies Group, Houston TX......thank you girls for the great cards you made for our Heroes.  They will love them!!! Great job!
  66. Christine Z and the second graders, White Lake MI....your AnyHero letters made me smile SO big, I know our heroes will love them all!
  67. Karen G, Oakland Park FL - thanks so much for sharing your family's Christmas letter with our heroes...they'll love them!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Eve: Learning about AnyHero letters...from kids!

We've been receiving a wonderful flood of AnyHero letters lately...and we wanted to say a special thank you to the young people who have been participating! You've taught us soooo much about how to write a letter....so let's share some of that with the grownups.

Adults often have a hard time expressing gratitude to our nation's heroes...we hem, we haw, we grab a card and just write "Thanks" below the preprinted sentiment and sign it. We worry that we're not doing it "right" and we don't have a clue what to say, so we can get paralyzed and say almost nothing. Just check out what the kids do, and see what we can learn from them!

**Note: Kleenex warning, these are sweet!**

Write about daily life...
We get a lot of questions asking what to write in an AnyHero card. The best thing? Our humdrum lives! Our heroes love to receive a taste of home...feel free to share the flavor of your life like these teens did.

Young people know how to just get chatty about life — they might be random thoughts from time to time, but you can't read these letters without smiling. Some choice excerpts:
"Dear American hero....I play football, baseball, and basketball, I have a sister named C., and two brothers named M. and B. My sister ran over my basketball goal. It means a lot to me and when I grow up I plan to join the military!" —S

"My name is A. and I'm in 10th grade. I just wanted to let you know that you're such an inspiration...I know I couldn't do what you do cause you're crazy brave. I'll keep praying for you even though I don't know your name."  —A.

"I like cats. I have a black one named Toby. He's a kitten and he meows really loud. A few weeks ago, I backed into my brother's basketball goal (I got my license 2 months ago.) Hope I made you laugh, and I hope you have a great day!" —C (yes, S's sister! LOL!)
"Want to know something funny? This morning when I woke up my cat's tail was puffed up. <> I'm glad there's people like you over there. People like you helping defend us. I don't think I could do it. I'd be too scared. Thanks to people like you  - heroes like you, we can remain a free country." —N.

"What you do just makes me proud.
Saving our country, not following the crowd.
Thank you, hero, for what you do,
Our country's in the need for heroes like you.
Fighting in the war's not scaring ya,
Doing what you can for America." —S.
See how simply they write? They just talk about whatever is going on at the moment! A deployed warrior loves to hear just a little of what life's like at home - to remind them what they're fighting for. 


Check out Dixie's blog to see more pictures from the cardsigning with these high schoolers!

Find common ground...
Something I recently heard was a response from a warrior when asked the following question: "What can the average American do to help a soldier?" The answer: "Get to know one." Indeed! What better way than in a letter? Look for some common ground you might have with the recipient of your letter — like these second graders did.
 

The kids asked questions, talked about holidays, and found ways to "connect" with the person who will read their letters. They looked for the common experiences they knew everyone has had....and we can all do the same. Some excerpts from theirs (spellings are by the kids, aren't they precious!):
"Dear Hero, Thank you for fighting for our country.   I hope you stay safe. Do you get to call your famaleys a lote? Do you get to go home on holladays or do you have to stay and fight?"
"Dear Hero, thank you for keeping are country a better place. It will be halloween in three more days if you donte get this litter it will be in 2 days or 2 day. What do you do on halloween?"
"Dear hero, Thank you for saving hour country. Do you want to now what im gana be for halloween? A army person just like you. Allso my Dad put on fase pante on me and do you have to put on fase pante to?"
"Dear hero, Thank you for helping pepal. What is your job? My job is going to scool. Do you know any leprcons? Ive nver seen one."
How great are children at asking questions! Our heroes love these kinds of letters!

Don't be afraid to "go long"....
A card with just a signature doesn't engage a hero very long....so let them sit with your note for a few minutes.....some folks write several pages, but even several paragraphs goes a long way to share a taste of home with a hero far away.

Some short excerpts from these long letters....
"Thank you for everything you have done. I know how hard it is to be a soldier. My name is J. P. I'm 11 years old. I like to play soccer. One time I made my first goal. I was the first girl on my team to make a goal. My favorite book author is Anthony Horowitz, I'm reading Stormbreaker and it has 234 pages!"
"I just want to thank you for all you have done for us. I am a sixth grader and my favorite game is call of duty modern warfare. If you're wondering I am 11. I want to know more about you, do you like sports? Do you like call of duty? What's your favorite team? Please write back to me." (School address listed)
"Your My Hero! Thanks for everything you do!! Like is it hard to drive a tank? It must be cool handaling powerfull guns and stuff like that. It's nice in California, the weather is a little cold. I just want you to know I really appieciate all of your hard work. I'm a girl, kinda mature for my age. You know what would be cool if you knew my mom, her name is E. B. But since she got married her name is E.L."

Share your heart...
The basic thing to remember is sharing your heart. Tell them what you're grateful for - in your own words. Don't worry about being flowery and poetic...take a cue from these kids.


"You made my state safe. You made me safe. I am sorry you miss your family. But You are a hero because you made my state Calafornia safe. You made my day. You are a good soldier."
"My class is learning about kindness. I think you aer a hero because you protect us and keep us safe. Thank you for protecting us. I hope you come home soon."
"Thank you for kepeing us safe so we can go sum where safe every day. You are our hero."
Make a hero's day!
So in your next letter, give them a play-by-play of the football game you're watching. Describe the squeals of the kids playing Parcheesi in the next room. Tell them about your favorite family tradition, share a wacky bit of trivia, your favorite joke you heard at the office....or the outcome of your own driving lessons. :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Quick message...

To Akiko - we're not ignoring you, but our emails to you keep bouncing! Yes, please send the cards, we'd love to send the Scouts' cards to our heroes! :)
Sandy

We now return you to your regular internet surfing :)

Mailroom Monday Report: Nov 23: 20,880 cards mailed!

20,880 cards mailed—Christmas is on the way!

*this does include 4000 cards not reported last week.


   
To  heroes in Afghanistan:
325 cards to a Marine unit
338 cards to an Air Force unit
338 cards to an Army unit
320 cards to an Air Force unit
325 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
307 cards to a Marine unit
336 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
315 cards to an Army unit
 307 cards to an Army unit
 674 cards to an Army unit
 337 cards to an Army unit
 337 cards to a Marine unit
 330 cards to an Army unit
 325 cards to an Army unit
 330 cards to an Army unit
 330 cards to a Marine unit
 320 cards to an Army unit
 1950 cards to an Army unit
 328 cards to a Marine unit
 335 cards to an Army unit
 335 cards to an Army unit
 343 cards to an Army unit
 327 cards to an Air Force unit
 328 cards to an Air Force unit
  

To heroes in Iraq:
 320 cards to an Army unit
 320 cards to an Army unit
 336 cards to an Army unit
 307 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
307 cards to an Army unit
307 cards to an Air Force unit
336 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
325 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
325 cards to an Army unit
 325 cards to an Army unit
 325 cards to an Army unit
 328 cards to an Army unit
 347 cards to an Army unit
 335 cards to an Army unit
 328 cards to an Army unit
 329 cards to an Army unit




To heroes in Kuwait:
330 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a National Guard unit



To heroes in Korea:
 320 cards to an Army unit


To heroes in Djibouti:
  336 cards to a Marine unit

To heroes at sea:
 325 cards to a Navy unit


To wounded warriors via the Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes program: 500 cards


Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent:1,023
Number of hero contacts:605
Total cards sent: 273,806!!

Deadline reminders:
Christmas and Hannukkah: passed BUT 
read this blog post and send in "winter" cards!
AnyHero Christmas letters: Dec 1
Valentines: Jan 5
 

Shipper needs this week:

Fabre: I would love some wintery thank you notes to send in my boxes, also, would love to start seeing Valentine's Day cards or general love you / miss you cards.  Thank you!!!

Kris:With the mailing of Christmas cards over, I have a few new contacts who were thrilled with the Christmas cards but now are in need of every day cards.  My supply is low for most themes....birthday, thinking of you/miss you, anniversary, love and thank you.  All occasion cards are a huge need to because they fill the box when I don't have enough of the other themes.  If you could take a moment and write just ONE Any Hero note with each package you mail that would be most helpful too.  Happy Winter.....Happy Stamping!!


Sandy: I'm in need of lots of birthday cards, and some thank you cards for a few special requests in December. And Valentines, lots of love and valentines!  I'm also still collecting the last of the special batch of Get Well AnyHero cards for a combat support hospital so the patients all have cards for Christmas. (Thanks to those who read my note in the last couple weeks and sent blank ones...now I'd love some with notes in them. LOL, think before I write!) I'll be mailing their box out at the end of the first week of Dec, so get them in soon if you planned to. THANKS!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Drumroll please.....

Our winners from the Bloghop......

Kay P, Fleming Island FL

Dawn B, N Cape May NJ

Greta B, Clio MI

Erika P, Clinton UT

Carla G, MA


Congratulations to you all! Please give us a little time to get the prizes in the mail, we're busy getting boxes out to our heroes this week. Thanks to all who participated in the hop!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

FALSE email warning!

Please note that the "Any Recovering Soldier at Walter Reed" email is NOT TRUE.

Do NOT send that email on, and if you have, please send a retraction to your list. There are different instructions to follow....if you send to the address in the email, your card will be RETURNED to you or destroyed. We've received numerous unhappy emails from people who think we're somehow in charge of or promoting that email, and we are not.

The correct information is here: http://www.owhhomefrontblog.org/2009/10/walter-reed-email.html

Thankful Thursday Nov 19: 5,709 cards


We have nearly all the Christmas cards in the mail now...our shippers are tired but happy! And, of course, ready for the next boxes to keep all our heroes stocked with the cards they need and love. It's all because of you, our donors, that all this is possible...happy Thankful Thursday!

*Note: the Cardmaker listing on our webpage hasn't been updated through the holiday card shipments....hopefully that will happen soon!

Thanks to all of you who sent in cards this week...they came from:

  1. Dolores A, Frederick MD - thanks so much Mom!! You've really caught the cardmaking bug! :) And your AnyHero cards are a blessing!
  2. Becky Jo, Gardners PA...awesome AnyHero cards!! Way to go! Thanks so much for your shipping donation too!
  3. Jody M., Scottsdale, AZ - Thank you for the absolutely amazing holiday cards - what a treat it was to look at them!  
  4. Jane R, Phoenix AZ, such talent - thank you for all the holiday cards! Wow!
  5. Patricia S, St Louis MO.....thanks for the great package of cards.  Very Pretty!!
  6. Jes B. and friends, Walnutport, PA - Awesome variety of cards, thank you for sharing them with Operation Write Home!
  7. Rebecca B., Hopkinton, MA - Thank you so much for the lovely cards and for your help with sorting!  General Blank appreciates you too!  
  8. Lee B, Dalton WI - fabbbbbulous box of cards - and thanks so much for the donation and AnyHero cards too!
  9. Barbara C, Brooksville FL, lovely cards, thank you so much!
  10. Kendall F., Lawrenceburg, IN - Thank you for the wonderful cards!   Our heroes will appreciate them!
  11. Nancy F., Trexlertown, PA - Thank you for the fantastic box of cards - they are going to be put to great use!
  12. Leslie F, Clinton UT, thanks for the awesome Christmas cards!!
  13. Danielle M, American Fork UT - beautiful cards! Our heroes will love them. Thanks for the shipping donation too!
  14. Mrs O, West Bend WI, wow! What a big box full of wonderful cards, thanks so much!
  15. Shelly P., Royal Oak, MI - your cards are always amazingly beautiful - thank you so much for your dedication!
  16. Cecilia S., Raleigh, NC - Thank you for the beautiful cards!!!
  17. Denise W, N Las Vegas NV, another great box of cards, bless you!
  18. Ann W., Knoxville, TN - Your dedication to our heroes is greatly appreciated!!!!
  19. To the crafters at DRS Designs, Bethel, CT - Thanks again for a few more cards - after the 1600+ last week, it put a smile on our faces to see even more!
  20. A Friend, Norristown, PA - Thank you for sending your grandmother's cards to us - what a treasure.  
  21. Carrie F, Tulsa OK......an awesome box of cards.  Love all the different themes.  Thanks!
  22. Carl J, thank you sooooo much for the wonderful Paypal donation! :)
  23. Ms Johnson, Marshall MN.....thank you for the gorgeous cards!!
  24. Terri L, Grants Pass OR - awesome cards, thanks so very much!
  25. Mrs L, Othello WA - thanks for the wonderful cards...you're a blessing!
  26. Lori M, Wildomar CA - awesome cards, and what a generous donation - thank you so much!
  27. Cindy M, Normal IL.....Thank you so much for the wonderful Any Hero cards!!  This helps make sure all my packages have a nice bundle of these cards in them!
  28. TripleJ, thanks so much for the great military cards and shipping donation!
  29. Brian R and the kids at Northside Intermediate School, Milton WI.....WOW!! Thank you for all the wonderful Any Hero cards!!!  Awesome job!
  30. Betty and Marilyn S, Columbus OH.....thank you for the assorted themes of cards.  
  31. Jean B., Meadville, PA - Thanks so much for the assorted cards, they will mean so much to our heroes!
  32. Mary B, Londonderry NH, thanks so much for your cards for Eileen - they'll make her smile! :)
  33. Donna C., Stamford, CT - Thanks for some cute holiday cards - great job!
  34. Andrea C., Boca Raton, FL - You have been working hard -- Thank you so much for the lovely cards!
  35. Erica E, Owasso OK......great cards!!! THanks for all the different themes!
  36. Stephanie G., New York, NY - Those wonderful donations just keep coming, thank you SO much!
  37. Carol H and Girl Scout Troop 966, Gladstone MO......Fabulous cards girls!! Thank you so much!
  38. Shirley and the Creative Memories Scrapbookers, Kent WA - what a big box of lovely lovely cards! Thank you all sooooo much!
  39. Karen H., Monticello, MN - Those love cards are stunning - thank you so much!
  40. Regina L., Glen Burnie, MD - Adorable cards, thank you so much!
  41. Brenda V, Antioch CA, a belated but HUGE thank you for your generous gift!!!
  42. Joanne W, Dort Mill SC......WOW! Thank you for having a card signing day.  These Any Hero cards are wonderful.  The other cards are beautiful as well!!!
  43. Jennifer W, Dayton OH......thank you for the wonderful cards.  Love them!  
  44. Pat B. and Friends, Winslow, ME - How fun to have a cardmaking get together - and a great amount of heroes will appreciate your work - thank you!
  45. Kate D., Fords, NJ - Thank you so much for the box stuffed with cards - our heroes will appreciate each and every one of them!
  46. Sande G. and the Scrapbook Addict, Shallotte, NC - Thanks for the addictive cards, they are all super!  
  47. Nancy H, Knights Landing CA, thanks so much once again!
  48. Karel J., Hilton, NY - Thank you so much for the great package of cards and any hero letters - your work is beautiful!
  49. Robin S., Parma, OH - Great cards from a proud Army mom, thank you so much!
  50. Shannon U., Fairfield, CT - Thank you so much for the awesome package of cards - great job!
  51. Phyllis Z and the Lincoln Hills Stampers - so many awesome AnyHero cards! Thank you soo much!


    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Patience .... and a request!

    First the patience: We'll be picking winners for the bloghop drawing soon. Our shippers are packing all the last of the holiday cards - and working out which units get the final boxes!

    And the request:
    We've been inundated with requests from heroes in the last couple days --- 11 new ones just today! (11 x 300 cards...you can do the math about what's needed for those boxes alone!) Plus with all the extra holiday shipments and requests we've fulfilled, we now have a lot more contacts who will be wanting regular shipments of cards. As an example — Sandy's hero list now has 56 heroes to send to monthly instead of less than 40...eeep!

    So...please help us spread the word that we need lots of cards!
    • Post on your Facebook page or Twitter. Let your crafty friends know that their stash of cards can be put to good use right away with OWH! Post one of our videos, use our avatars (profile pics), and post photos of what you're creating for our heroes to inspire them to help too.
    • Talk with your local scrapbooking or stamping store and get others involved. Post a flyer, talk with your fellow customers and craft-classmates!
    • Talk it up on your favorite message board! (But please don't break their TOUs!)
    Thanks - and we'll get the prize winners posted later this week!

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Mailroom Monday Report: Nov 16, 2009

    Before we get on to the report....guess what?





    10,179 cards mailed this past week!*
    *this doesn't include 13 boxes (over 4000 cards) that a shipper was unable to file reports on as yet...stay tuned for those to be added in next week's report!


       
    To  heroes in Afghanistan:
     320 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     315 cards to an Air Force unit
     358 cards to an Army unit
     338 cards to a civilian team serving the Army in Afghanistan
    764 cards to an Air Force unit
      

    To heroes in Iraq:
     320 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     325 cards to an Army unit
     325 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     285 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     315 cards to an Army unit
     320 cards to an Army unit
     325 cards to an Army unit
     315 cards to an Air Force unit
     358 cards to an Army unit
     155 cards to a Navy unit
     358 cards to a Navy unit
     358 cards to an Army? unit
     358 cards to an Army unit
     358 cards to an Army NG unit
     358 cards to a Navy unit
     338 cards to an Army NG unit




    To heroes in Kuwait:
      338 cards to an Army unit 






    Other fun statistics:
    Number of boxes sent: 978
    Number of hero contacts: 578
    Total cards sent: 255,817!!

    Deadline reminders:
    Halloween: passed
    Thanksgiving: passed
    Christmas and Hannukkah: passed BUT 
    read this blog post and send in "winter" cards!
    AnyHero Christmas letters: Dec 1
    Valentines: Jan 5
     

    Shipper needs this week:

    Fabre: I would love some wintery thank you notes to send in my boxes, also, would love to start seeing Valentine's Day cards or general love you / miss you cards.  Thank you!!!

    Kris: How about starting on Valentine's Day.  Of course, there are the general themes that I need as well.......anniversary, birthday, all occasion, etc.  I'm especially low on thinking of you and thank you cards!  Thanks!


    Sandy: I'm in need of lots of birthday cards, and some thank you cards for a few special requests in December. And Valentines, lots of love and valentines! General winter cards would help if we get late requests for Christmas cards, too. I'm also still collecting a special batch of Get Well AnyHero cards for a combat support hospital so the patients all have cards for Christmas. (Thanks to those who read my note in the last couple weeks and sent blank ones...now I'd love some with notes in them. LOL, think before I write!)

    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    OWH Veterans Day Bloghop

    While the 'hop' is now over, you can still visit the posts. The links in this blog post go to the individual bloghop posts (while their links in the posts lead to the latest post on that blog) so use the links to see what everyone posted for the hop. Prize offerings are no longer open, but leave comments anyway!
     Welcome to the start of the BLOGHOP!

    Visit 76 craft blogs for our Veteran's Day Bloghop .... and honor those who serve our great nation!
    How it works:
    1. Bloggers signed up over the last few weeks, and agreed to all post about OWH today....a few cards they made, links back to our site, and talk about whatever they want about their participation.
    2. YOU get to go visit all the blogs! Each one should have a link to the following blog....if one does not, come back to this post and see the list at the bottom of this post - and pick up where you left off!
    3. Leave comments on the blogs! Everyone loves feedback on their work and writing. We encourage you to comment specifically on what you liked about it if you're able! Some of them are offering prizes/RAKs/blog candy, so read their instructions on how to enter.
    4. Join us on the OWH finale post — we'll have winners of five prizes drawn from all the comments left on that post!

    For this hop, we have two cards to share....the first is an "AnyHero card" (with a note inside for a deployed hero), and the 2nd is a Valentine for a hero to send home to a sweetheart!

     

    Click to go to the next blog!

    Below is the list of blogs participating in the 'hop! Each of the links below is a "deep link" - so you can come back and look again to get the specific bloghop post later on if you remember an idea you wanted to see again!
    We removed the links to the blogs who weren't able to participate.

    1. Nancy
    2. Aimee
    3. Anita
    4. Kyra
    5. Barbara
    6. Lee
    7. Lori
    8. Christine
    9. Andrea
    10. Rebecca
    11. Teresa
    12. Caryl
    13. Kay
    14. Dawn
    15. Phindy
    16. Nora
    17. Kathy
    18. Michelle
    19. Kelly
    20. Cassie
    21. Donna
    22. Sarah
    23. Loni

    25. Judy
    26. Stacy
    27. Erika
    28. Karen
    29. Patti
    30. Celeste
    31. Peggy Sue
    32. Karen
    33. Sandy
    34. Greta
    35. Maggie
    36. Cyn
    37. Wendy
    38. Tammy
    39. Kas
    40. Carolyn
    41. Holly
    42. Karel
    43. Paula
    44. Shelly
    45. Fabre
    46. Seongsook
    47. Shelly
    48. Maryellen
    49. Patricia
    50. Paula
    51. Catherine

    53. Jennifer
    54. Kathy
    55. Joscie
    56. Dana
    57. Carmen
    58. Heather
    59. Heather (yes a 2nd Heather!)
    60. Yapha
    61. Cindy
    62. Rhonda
    63. Tracey
    64. Lindy
    65. Nathalia
    66. Kelly
    67. Debby
    68. Jillian
    69. Christine
    70. Kate
    71. Jennifer
    72. Peggy
    73. Carla
    74. Cindy
    75. Cathy
    76. End of the hop!

    Below are the initial instructions given for the hop.

    The Bloghop details:
    1. Hop date: Nov 14th (Veteran's Day is Weds the 11th, so we're moving our celebration to the weekend to give us time to hop and be inspired!)
    2. Sign up by midnight on Nov 11 by sending an email to bloghop@operationwritehome.org. Include your name, your blog title, and your blog's url, and let us know if you'll be offering a prize drawing on your blog. (You can change your mind later, this is just so we have a heads-up!)
    3. Blog posts can be set up ahead of time - however, please remember that your readers will get all confused if you say in it that the hop has begun. So it's best to set your post as a draft and not publish til it's time.
    4. On Friday evening Nov 13th, bloggers will receive an email from our bloghop email address with a link to the blog that follows theirs.
    5. On Nov 14 by 10am PST, post an AnyHero card (or a dozen!) and a Valentine card that you'll be sending to OWH. You'll also need to include a link back to the OWH homepage, the Homefront Blog (start of the Hop), and a link to the next blog after you. (See below for an easy list of things to include.)
    6. Feel free to add more to your blog post...something on the OWH page or blogs that you find interesting or inspiring, or a video, news article, a tutorial, or a story about your own family hero...whatever you'd like!
    7. Then join in the hopping! You'll want to check out the blogs, the hearts behind all these cards, and the prizes you could win just for leaving comments! (Not all blogs will have prizes.)
    The short list of things to include in your bloghop post:
    1. Link to Operation Write Home - http://operationwritehome.org
    2. Link to Homefront Blog (start of the hop) - http://www.owhhomefrontblog.org/
    3. Your cards and any details you wish to share about them
    4. (optional) Anything from our website or Homefront or Hero Blogs that you find interesting/helpful, or your own story of why you support our nation's heroes. Videos, tutorials, photos, whatever you'd like.
    5. (optional) Any prize your blog is offering, and what people need to do to qualify.
    6. Prominent (ie large/bold) link to the next blog after you

    Spread the word!
    You can post right now on your blog about the coming hop to try to help us get even more bloggers involved! Check our Photobucket album to find graphics you can post in the sidebar of your blog.

    Never blogged before? 
    Check out YouTube tutorials to set up a free blog on Blogger or Wordpress!

    Questions?
    Do you have questions we should address in this post? Leave us a comment and we'll edit this to add the info!

    Subscribe via email


    If you want to keep up more easily with the posts on this blog or on the Hero Blog, enter your email address in the box at the right. Our posts will be emailed right to your inbox! It happens often a day later than the post goes up, but you won't have to remember to come back here to visit. (Note - you'll need to sign up separately for each of our two blogs.)

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    End of the hop!

    Welcome to the last stop on the hop! We have a little treat for you...a gift that came to us all the way from Iraq!



    This is flag number five in our collection...


    Here's a closeup of the certificate...


    And the card. Check out his comment in the ps (click on the image to see it large).


    How cool is that!

    We've put together some prize packs - FIVE of them! Leave a comment on this blog post and we'll randomly draw 5 winners!

    Thanks everyone for hopping along with us today —and thanks to all our heroes for all they do for us every day!

    A new flyer

    With the bloghop tomorrow (wahoo!), we're skipping this week's Red Friday...but we'll be back next week! In the meantime....

    We've had some of you share that you want to involve your community group or business with writing AnyHero letters for Christmas — so we've put together a quick flyer for you! Click the picture to download a pdf to print.





    And check out the flyer created by one of our cardmakers to use at a local school...what a goal!

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Thankful Thursday Nov 12: 7,833 cards!

    Our shippers are packing up boxes like crazy now...lots and lots of Christmas joy is packed inside each and every box! Many thanks to all of you who make this possible on behalf of our heroes....check out the Hero Blog to hear their gratitude direct from their hearts!


    1. Jennifer H., Laurel, MD - Thanks for another great package of holiday cards!
    2. Judy B and Cruisin' Contessas Red Hat Society, Cleburne TX.......a great package of Any Hero cards.  Thank you ladies for sending in so many of these much needed notes.
    3. Eydie & Jessica B., Cherry Hill, NJ - Love the style of your cards - thank you so much for sharing them with our heroes!
    4. Laura C, Park Rapids MN, fantastic cards as always! Love the extra treats too, and they will too!
    5. Chris C, Chicago IL - beauuuuutiful cards, thanks so much! Nice to see them in "real life" now, they're even nicer!
    6. Patti E, Scotts Valley CA - great cards for Eileen, thank you!
    7. Tonya F., Anchorage, AK - Thank you for the generous shipping donation!
    8. Stephanie G., Robin G., Roberta H., and Cassidy B., New York, NY - Thank you so much for a great box of assorted cards - perfect to get some boxes packed this weekend!
    9. Linda H, Circle MN, you make such cute cards! Thank you so much, you've made a LOT of Christmases merrier. Your donation is so generous too!
    10. Marcy K., Sutton, MA - Beautiful cards, our heroes will absolutely love them!
    11. Marcy K. and Daughter, Canton, OH - Fabulous holiday cards - thank you so much ladies for making them for Operation Write Home!
    12. Cheryl L. and the Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup Group, New York, NY - Thanks for sending the few late arrivals in order to make it in this years shipment - we really appreciate it!
    13. Jeanette M, Oliver Springs TN......Great cards! Thank you.
    14. Jennifer N, Sioux Falls South Dakota :).....thank you another package of gorgeous cards!
    15. Traci O, Lansing MI.....great Christmas cards. Thank you.
    16. Carol P, Peoria AZ, what pretty cards for Eileen, thanks!
    17. Kay P., Fleming Island, FL - Fabulous package of holiday cards, thank you so much!
    18. Shelly P., Royal Oak, MI - Stunning cards - thank you for supporting our heroes with your lovely creativity!
    19. Pat Q, Pittsburgh PA, thanks for cheering up our hero, she's going to smile!
    20. Pat Q., Bethel Park, PA - Thank you so much for the fantastic holiday cards, and a few others too!
    21. Robbie R., Hollywood, MD - What a wonderful group of holiday cards - just beautiful!  Thank you so much!
    22. Paula S., Stamford, CT - Thank you for being so dedicated to our heroes and to OWH - you are a blessing!  
    23. Brenda V, Antioch CA, your cards are fantastic, thank you!
    24. Christine W, Melinda G, and Nina L, Sacramento CA - what a great family joint effort for our heroes! Thank you all!
    25. Marietta W, Akron IA, beautiful cards for Eileen, she'll love them!
    26. Janice, Angie, Amber, and Roni, Bountiful UT - what a bountiful bunch of cards for our heroes, thanks! And the card for Eileen is wonderful!
    27. Dani B., Rockville, MD - Thank you so much for the wonderful package!!!
    28. Darcy B. and the Scrapbooking Etc. Group, Huntersville, NC - Thank you so much for the beautiful cards - a wonderful donation!
    29. Kay Ann B., Fox Lake, WI - Thank you for the wonderful box of holiday cards!  Lovely!
    30. Debbie B, Boise ID - thanks so much for your cards for Eileen - and for your postage donation!
    31. Cathy B, Columbia SC......WELCOME! This was a great first package of cards.  Gorgeous!!
    32. Kelly B and kids at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School, Apple Valley MN......thank you all for the wonderful Chrsitmas cards.  Kids you did a great job coloring the images.
    33. Ana C, Hayward CA.....thank you for the great Christmas cards.
    34. Donna C., Leesburg, FL - Beautiful cards, thank you so much!
    35. Mary Ellen E. and the students at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA - Thank you so much for the great package of cards on made together - they are super!
    36. Mary H., Windham, ME - Thank you for the beautiful cards!!!
    37. Rebecca J, Provo UT - beautiful cards, thanks sooooo much!
    38. Rita J., Lincoln Park, NJ - Great package of assorted cards, they are just perfect for our service men & women!
    39. Jennifer K, Annandale VA.....thank you for the wonderful cards.  
    40. Karen L, Glen Haven CO.....thank you for these great cards!
    41. Kari M., Mattawan, MI - Thank you for a lovely box of holiday cheer!
    42. Denise N, Bloomington IN......Welcome to OWH!  Great Christmas cards. Thanks.
    43. The Patterson family, thank you for your lovely card for our hero!
    44. Irene P. and Jennifer, Fairfield, CT - Thank you so much for taking your time together to make cards for our heroes!
    45. Lynn R, Alberta Canada - what wonderful cards!! These are awesome as are you - thank you for your service to the USA!
    46. Althea S., El Segundo, CA - What a creative way to use fabric on your cards - nice!
    47. Cyn T. at River Dog Prints, Avon, CT - Thank you so much for the beautiful digi cards!  
    48. Pat T. and colleagues, NYC, NY - What a fun work project to make some cards for our heroes - great job!
    49. Mariam W., Centreville, VA - Your cards were absolutely darling, thank you for your donation!
    50. Kristina S, Petersburg WV - wow such cute cards, I love the snowglobes!
    51. Tara P, Chippewa Falls, WI, pretty cards for our injured hero, thank you!
    52. Mary Anne H and Unity Church of Peace, St Louis MO.......what a wonderful box of Christmas cards.  Beautfiul!
    53. Shirley M, Ruidoso NM, great cards for Eileen, thank you so much!! Your shipping help is a blessing too!
    54. Laura O, Cottontown TN, your cards for our injured hero are so lovely, thank you!
    55. Lina W, Hampton VA, glad to see you're back to making cards - these are so cute, thank you! Bless you for your financial gift tooooo :)
    56. Brendan F, San Francisco CA....thanks for the great Christmas cards!
    57. Beth L and Ranger's 4-H Club, Howell MI......Great package of cards! These are wonderful.
    58. Mary B., Londonderry, NH - WOW - Thank you so much for your great donation and for arranging for them to be dropped off!   Our heroes will love them!
    59. Mary V, Orangevale CA - your cards are soooo pretty! I love how you decorated the insides to match. Sweet! Thanks so much for the shipping donation too!
    60. Erika P, Clinton UT - fabulous box of cards, thanks so much!
    61. Amber S., Lynn Haven, FL - Thanks for joining Elle's Studio Challenge and making some great cards for our military men & women!
    62. Dee M, Puyallup WA - what an awesome box of cards....bless you!! It was so much fun seeing you at the OWH party :)
    63. Kathy P., Windham, NH - Thanks for being a great friend of OWH and for delivering the northern donations - and for making so many wonderful cards!!!
    64. Chica Chicks of Wickford, RI - YAY!  The Chica Chicks are back in full swing!  Thank you so much for the lovely donation of cards, hope to see you in january!
    65. Sandy D., Hanover, PA - Great donation - thank you so much!!
    66. Maggie W., Upton, MA - Thank you for the lovely holiday cards - and thanks for stamping the backs - it is so helpful!
    67. Pat G., Upton, MA - Thanks for donating some cards at our dropoff at A Time For Memories in North Grafton - they are wonderful!
    68. Kathy R. and the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Livonia, NY - Big thanks to you for the wonderful holiday cards!
    69. Sharon P, Victorville CA, your Christmas cards are just lovely - and your donation is a big help!
    70. Community Christian Assembly Women's Group, Tacoma - thank you all for hosting such a wonderful event for OWH!
    71. Marie S, Tacoma WA - wow on this big box of cards!!
    72. Nikki M., APO, AE - Thank you so much for the fantastic box of cards - they are really beautiful and were worth the LONG trip to get here - and they are already on their LONG trip back to our heroes - thank you!
    73. Sharon F., Stafford, VA - Awesome job on those beautiful cards - thank you so much!
    74. Joanne M., Allentown, PA - Thank you so much for the wonderful package of cards!  Happy holidays!
    75. Christine C., Bayside, NY - Thanks so much for the great cards, and for preparing them so well for shipping!
    76. Sara W, Issaquah WA - your AnyHero cards are just perfect! Both beautifully crafted and written - thank you!
    77. Susan S, Grove City OH.....Thanks so much for all the Any Hero letters!
    78. Sharla V, Topeka KS....was nice to meet you and your daughter! Thanks for the pretty cards!
    79. Priscilla C and Girl Scout Troop 3310, Norman OK.....thank you so much for the great cards!! Good Job girls!
    80. Sallie H and The Paper Bags, Adel GA.....Thank you ladies for the wonderful cards.  They are great!
    81. Paula W and Katy Card Swappers, Sugar Land TX......awesome box of cards!! These are WONDERFUL!!
    82. Arctic Light Elementary School staff and kids - WOW! What great letters!! (The cards from the grownups aren't half bad either!) Love you guys!!
    83. Becky and Marilea, Elk Grove CA - these biker dude cards are cute (and how often do you get to use "handlebars" in a sentiment?!) Thanks for all the cards, and the extra envelopes, and the Any Hero letters from the wonderful 2nd graders!!
    84. Joan W, Tacoma WA, I always look forward to your packets of cards - thank you so much!
    85. Sandy and Jesse C, bless you for your ongoing generosity for our heroes!
    86. To our donor in Newport Beach CA - thanks for the wonderful cards and cardfronts!!
    87. Carole D, Henderson WV, such beautiful cards, thank you so much for sharing your talents with our heroes...they'll love them! The AnyHero letters will be such a treat too!
    88. Jean and John D, thanks so much for sponsoring a box shipped overseas this Christmas!
    89. Angela F, N Las Vegas NV - I love your cards, they're adorable - thanks for sharing them with our heroes!
    90. Kimber K, Albany OR - wowsers, what awesome Christmas cards, thank you!
    91. Lina W, Hampton VA....sweeeeet cards, I love that sentiment! Thank you!
    92. Diane W., Stoneham, MA - Adorable holiday cards, and thanks for some general cards too!  Much appreciated!
    93. Elizabeth S., New Caanan, CT - Congratulations on making your holiday goal - our heroes will appreciate the cards so much!
    94. Michelle H., Merion Station, PA - Thank you so much for the stunning holiday cards!  
    95. Michelle J, Wake Forest NC.......WOW!! What a great box of cards. These are beautiful.
    96. Kathy P. and the Scrap Chicks, Middleboro, MA - Thank you so much for the wonderful package of cards!  
    97. Lori R., Springfield, VA - Thank you so much for your continued support of Operation Write Home!  Loved those wintery thank yous!
    98. Sandy M., Ona, WV - Thanks for the package of cards!
    99. Kelly D., Wilmington, MA - Thank you so much for the adorable penguin holiday cards!
    100. Debby B., Vienna, VA - Thank you for the great package of cards!
    101. Pam D., Durham, NC - Thank you so much for the donation of your wonderful cards!

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Thank you, Veterans!


    Thank you....

    To all those who have proudly worn the uniform of any of our Armed Forces and defended millions of Americans whom they will never meet.

    To those who waved goodbye to fearful spouses, confused young children, and scared parents, as well as careers, hobbies, friends, churches, homes — and said hello to the unknown ahead of them in war.

    To those who lived in harsh conditions and eaten freezedried food, showered with babywipes, slept on rock-hard ground, and craved the simple comforts they left behind.

    To those who missed the birth of a child, teaching a son to drive, escorting a daughter to her 8th grade dance, and had to phone in yet one more wedding anniversary.

    To those who followed orders, did things they never imagined, and saw things they can't forget.

    To those who were motivated to make it one more day by a crayon-covered, wrinkled drawing of a horse from a 2nd grader in a classroom somewhere in the midwest.

    To all who have ever served, and to all who are serving right now....thank you.


    Leave a comment on this post that we can print out and mail to our heroes!

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Veteran's Day eCard from a Hero

    -----> Click here <------ to see the card!

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Mailroom Monday Report: Nov 9, 2009

    11,564 cards mailed this past week! 34 boxes!


       
    To  heroes in Afghanistan:
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     315 cards sent to an Army unit
     358 cards sent to a Marine unit
     358 cards sent to a Navy unit
     330 cards sent to an Air Force unit
     660 cards sent to an Air Force unit
     330 cards sent to an Army unit
      

    To heroes in Iraq:
      310 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Air Force unit
     305 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     315 cards sent to an Army unit
     315 cards sent to an Army unit
     640 cards sent to a USO office there
     358 cards sent to an Army unit
     358 cards sent to an Army unit
     358 cards sent to an Army unit
     358 cards sent to a Navy unit
     330 cards sent to a Navy unit
     330 cards sent to an Army unit
     330 cards sent to an Army unit
     330 cards sent to a Marine unit
     330 cards sent to an Army unit




    To heroes in Kuwait:
       310 cards sent to an Army unit
     310 cards sent to an Army unit
     358 cards sent to an Army unit
     330 cards sent to an Army unit



    To heroes in Qatar:
    315 cards sent to an Air Force unit
       













    To heroes in Kyrgyzstan:
      358 cards sent to an Air Force unit


    To heroes at sea:
    310 cards sent to a Navy unit


    Other fun statistics:
    Number of boxes sent:947
    Number of hero contacts: 566
    Total cards sent: 246,076!!

    Deadline reminders:
    Halloween: passed
    Thanksgiving: passed
    Christmas and Hannukkah: passed BUT 
    read this blog post and send in "winter" cards!AnyHero Christmas letters: Dec 1
    Valentines: Jan 5
     

     Shipper needs this week:

    Sandy: I'm ready to start processing Valentines...yes, Valentines! I have 42 heroes on my regular rotation, and lots of them have loved ones at home! More AnyHero letters are truly welcome, I'm sending so many boxes lately (16 a week x 30 letters = a lot!) I'm also collecting a special batch of Get Well cards for a combat support hospital so the patients all have cards for Christmas. (Thanks to all of you we sent lots for Thanksgiving - Bless you all!)

    Fabre: I could really use some great wintery thank you notes for our heroes to use to write home for all those wonderful holiday gifts.  Also, could still use general wintery cards - particularly ones that could be used as a holiday card, or a general note if they don't arrive on time.  Finally, it's not too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day!  Thanks so much!!! 

    Kris: If you are done with your OWH Christmas cards, how about starting on Valentine's Day.  Of course, there are the general themes that I need as well.......anniversary, birthday, all occasion, etc.  I'm especially low on thinking of you and thank you cards!  Thanks!

    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    Remembering a hero: SSG Amy Tirador


    Operation Write Home honors another of our heroes who's given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. SSG Amy Tirador, serving in Diyala Province in Iraq, was killed on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009.

    Over 206,000 American women have served us in the current conflicts in the Middle East, primarily in Iraq. More than 100 servicewomen have died, and upwards of 600 have been injured. We are grateful for Amy's sacrifice - as well as that of all those who have served our nation over generations.



    Following is an excerpt of a news article in
    Staff Sgt. Amy Seyboth Tirador, 29, died from non-combat-related injuries in Iraq on Wednesday, her father, Gerard Seyboth, said in an interview Thursday.

    The 1998 graduate of Colonie High School was working as an Arabic-speaking interrogator on her second tour of Iraq at the time of her death, he said. "I'm very proud of my daughter."
    Tirador joined the military in 1999. She had met her husband, Mickey, while serving in the Army in Germany. They were married two years ago. Mickey was serving in his third tour of Iraq when his wife died, Gerard Seyboth said.
    Tirador had seen action and saved at least one American life during her first tour, when she served as medic. In 2004, she was credited with saving an American soldier who had been shot during a convoy mission, according to military reports.


    Condolence cards can be sent to this address and will be delivered to a local family member:
    Operation Write Home, 35205 13th Pl SW, Federal Way WA 98023.

    New partners for OWH!


    The Cuttlebug Challenge Blog is going to be spending the week highlighting OWH and making cards for us — and getting the word out to all of their readers too! We know a lot of you love your 'bug, and if you haven't checked out their blog, you'll want to go see! Their blog is full of ideas and examples for using your cuttlebug — it's really inspiring.....and the blog will be joining in our 'hop next weekend too!!






    The retailer Cut@Home has generously decided to feature OWH as their charity of choice for a few months! That means on their site, every visitor who makes a purchase sees a blurb about OWH - and has the option to make an easy donation! It's a great opportunity for us to be seen by many more crafters, and we're so thankful for the company's generosity. Check out the OWH feature they have posted (and you just might want to shop around while you're there!).




    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Red Friday - Nov 6


    Happy Red Friday, everyone! How about today's share being a sneak-peek at your card for the bloghop next Saturday? (Yes, that would mean you have to have it done huh!) Well if you're not ahead of the game enough to share a peek, perhaps post a photo of the stamp set you're thinking of using. Or a treasured embellishment you'll finally part with for our heroes. Here's a peek at one of the Homefront Blog's Bloghop share...hint, it came from a war zone!


    And if nothing else this Red Friday, at least post another card you've made, and write about the hop, we're hoping to get more folks to join in the fun!

    Don't forget to wear red today....and tell someone why you're wearing red!

    As an added bit of fun today, enjoy this little "travel promo" produced by one of the units we support....there's no kleenex warning needed, it's just pure fun!



    When your Red Friday post is ready, drop us a link here so we can visit!

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Support Fort Hood Families

    At this tragic time for our heroes at Fort Hood, there are a number of ways we all, as average Americans, can step in and help the victims, families, and the greater military community deployed overseas. Please consider turning your sadness into action on behalf of those who put their lives on the line every day for us.




    Two things anyone can do right away:
    • Fly your flag at your home or business at half-staff.
    • Donate blood at your local Red Cross, especially if you're in Texas.

    Support Fort Hood Families

    Soldiers' Angels is assessing the needs of local families and heroes at Fort Hood. Their founder is currently residing in Texas, and is standing by to offer physical and emotional support to our heroes and their families. Soldiers' Angels is collecting encouraging notes and NEW stuffed animals for the families and children of the injured or killed.  Please send cards/letters and stuffed animals (and anything NEW that may brighten the life of a child) to:


    Soldiers' Angels
    4408 PanAm Expressway
    San Antonio, TX 78218

    Write AnyHero letters 
    Provide encouragement for those deployed overseas. Help them to know that people all across our nation are behind them 100%, and their service is appreciated. This relieves so much of the stress they suffer on a daily basis during deployments, and gives them the strength to go back when re-deployed too.

    • Letters can be short or long - a simple thank you, or a long chatty letter telling about your town, school, neighborhood, job, weather. Anything that gives them a taste of home!
    • AnyHero mail can be on notebook paper, fancy cards, printed stationery, storebought cards - the sentiment is what matters most!
    • These can be thank-you themed, or patriotic - or just a general cheery hello. Christmas themes can be sent til the first week of December so we can get them included in our Valentines shipments that will begin then.
    • Ask friends, family, churches, coworkers, and groups to write a note too.
    • Sign letters with your first name, hometown, and state. (More is okay - you can provide an address they can write back to if they have time, or email. But they may not be able to write back, so don't hold your breath.)
    • Children's letters and drawings are awesome as well - have them draw pictures of their family, their home, their school. You can also download our templates that kids can color and write a letter in.
    Mail these to any shipper listed in The Mailroom.





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