Saturday, April 3, 2010

St Louis Teen Makes an Idea Come to Life

Hannah had an idea.

She started out last year wanting to help our heroes. She had planned on hosting a cardmaking party then, but didn't know where to start. So she talked with her friends in the Hero Arts flickr group and asked them if they had any old unused craft supplies she could have to support the project, and immediately got tons of packages donated! 


Then two months ago she went to her favorite LSS, Archivers, and talked to the manager about using her store's craft room. "She was more than happy to help," Hannah said, "and put the event in her monthly event calendar that shoppers pick up." Archivers donated supplies too!

After picking the date and a theme (mother's day), Hannah announced it on her blog, sent emails to her friends to forward to others, and contacted OWH to be advertised on Facebook, Twitter, and so on.  Then a friend of hers, Deborah, contacted the St. Louis Post Dispatch to let them know a teen was doing something for the troops. They came to interview Hannah, and published it in the paper on March 13th — just 2 weeks before the event.

The event was held on Saturday, March 27th and was open to anyone from 10 am to 4 pm. "People came in and out all day long," said Hannah, "but I think there was about 30 people that made cards altogether. They all made wonderful cards!"

A week before the event, Hannah sat down with all her little cousins from 4 to 9 years and asked them to write hero letters, and with her Mom's help she just made sure everyone had everything they needed and showed them how to use the tools. The result was 208 beautiful cards and 17 AnyHero letters from little children!

"I had so much fun packing all the cards up,", said Hannah, "and felt very proud as I left the post office, knowing that so many Mothers were going to be so happy to receive cards from their loved ones serving our country." We're very proud of Hannah's efforts too—what an awesome project to take on!

16 comments:

Paula said...

Way to go Hanna! You hard work and efforts are inspirational. Not only did you send a lot of love to our heroes and their families, but I'm guessing that every single person who was involved in your cardmaking party is grateful that you gave them an easy, fun way to participate in this good cause. You touched a lot of lives. Great job!

Cyn said...

Awesome job!

Sue said...

Hannah, you are amazing!

Anonymous said...

As the mom of a 22 year old soldier serving his first term in Kandahar, Afghanistan, I thank Hannah and everyone from OWH for everything you do for our troops. You're all fabulous!

Bekah's World said...

Way to go!!

Wendy said...

Hannah, you ROCK! Great job!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great project Hanna. Way to Go!!

Jennifer Moore said...

Way to go Hanna!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Hannah, what an incredible job you did! I am so impressed and proud of you. Thanks for sharing.

jamfiescreations1 said...

Oh Hannah, we need more people like you in this world. Way to go girl.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you shared your enthusiasm for OWH with your family and friends. What fabulous results! Good job girl!

LETUMom said...

Way to go, Hanna. You are an inspiration to other teens to do something positive, and a testament to adults that teens can make a difference!

Thank you so much for your efforts!

Marietta said...

Hanna, Thank you so much for all that you have done. We need more like you to help us with our adventure in card making. Many mother's will be so proud to get a card from their troops this year. God bless you as you continue on your work making cards!!

Monica said...

Hannah, what a wonderful thing you organized! I agree..we need more young girls and boys like you to get involved with things like supporting our troops! Rock on!

Hannah. F said...

Thankyou for all the sweet comments everyone! I was only too glad to help, and cant wait to do it again!

Hannah

P.S. I forgot to mention to Sandy that in the second picture posted was a lady(the lady at the table in blue) I met who has previously mailed cards for OWH (about 500 all together)and it was great getting to know her.

Carol said...

The lady in blue is me and I had so much fun that I ended up staying all day to make cards! Thanks to Hannah for organizing this worthy event! Thanks to our Military for serving our Nation, you're the best!

Carol B

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