Sunday, March 28, 2010

Romeoville IL - Second Annual Operation Write Home Day

Romeoville, Illinois was the hub of cardmaking action for our heroes recently—scouts of all ages as well as church members got involved in making cards to bless our heroes! This second annual event was once again a great hit with people of all ages.

A Girl Scout troop was behind the excitement. "I love to scrapbook," says Joanne N, scout leader of the older girls for the past 11 years, "and I have always tried to find ways to incorporate scrapbooking or stamping into our badges and service projects. Of course I was thrilled to find Operation Write Home!"

The weekend-long event was held at St. Andrew Church in Romeoville. The scouts set up tables and mini work-stations with sample cards on display and the stamps and inks ready for each card, so that as each church service ended, a person could quickly stamp one or all of the cards. The cardstock used for most of the cards came from JoAnne's office; "'I work for a paper distributor and this was cardstock that was headed for the trash because it had been improperly cut for a customer order. I scooped it up, and the guys in the [company's] cutting center even cut it down to the size for me!"

It's a long weekend for all of the volunteers; they stay through the evening masses on Saturday and then arrive again bright and early Sunday morning for all of the morning masses. But they have lots of fun together, said JoAnne, "and it's such a great way to let our service men and women know that we really are grateful for the sacrifices each of them makes for all of us."
The group had lots of information about OWH on-hand for curious church members. Part of the scouts' preparation had been using iron-on transfers to make these fabulous t-shirts with the OWH logo to help spread the word!

The older scouts had lots of fun working with a younger scout troop as well. "It's inspiring for [the younger girls] to see older girls still in Girl Scouts," says JoAnne. "It's my hope to pass the baton over to their leader when my girls graduate next year, and keep this annual event going!"

The Girl Scouts and their leaders were blessed by being able to serve our nation's heroes. "Thanks for providing such a fun way for us to show our appreciation!!" said JoAnne. And the joy of these cards doesn't stop with the smiles on these faces in Romeoville. OWH shipper, Kris,  was impressed first: "What a great box of cards. The girls did a fabulous job on them!" Then just imagine how many heroes will be loving them very soon...and then all those families back home!

Many thanks to the scouts of Girl ScoutTroop 603, St Andrew Church, and the town of Romeoville for making the event such a great success!


Julie said...

These pictures are fantastic. I especially love the one of the older gentleman with his coffee and his Notre Dame tie and his assembly line for stamping little flowers on cards. Great job, Girl Scouts!

Anonymous said...

Awesome job girls, moms and everyone who helped make this happen!

Andrea said...

Nice job! The OWH shirts rock!