Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday: October 28, 2010

This week our shippers received 26,908 cards!! WOW! It's been amazing, and we're so grateful to you all! If you want to know how busy your shipper has been....here's what was received in each location:
  • 6,476 Sandy, WA
  • 9,636 Dixie, NC
  • 10,796 Kris, KS
Crazy numbers of cards! (And yes, Sandy's still trying to fill the requests for her contacts....this is better than the past couple weeks, so THANK YOU!!)

We have a REALLY IMPORTANT request to make, again: Please please pretty please fill out packing slips for your cards, and make them VERY find-able:
  •  We're getting way too many with no slips at all, and with these quantities, we have NO time to count your box for you, or to dig up your email address. 
  • Often we pull out the packing slips as we open them, so they end up separated from the box - no hope to go back and make a guess at what you sent.
  • If sending a donation, attach it to the slip with a paperclip, or put both in a baggie. It gets crazy trying to reconnect your gift with your name when boxes are everywhere!
  • Even if you're sending in just Hero Mail, it really helps our shippers in crediting you for your donation.
And now...on to our list of donors from this week!!
  1. Sher Ree and Wingdoodle, Warner, NH
  2. Patricia, Lakewood, OH
  3. Pat, Voorheesville, NY
  4. Sue, Hendersonville, TN
  5. Becca, Leesburg, VA
  6. Mary Jo, Lake Orion, MI
  7. Cheryl, Claypool, IN
  8. Sybilla, Gilbertsville, PA
  9. Jackie, Chesapeake, VA
  10. Sherry, Arlington, VA
  11. Lori, McDonough, GA
  12. Pamela, Mineral Bluff, GA
  13. Jane, Ballston Spa, NY
  14. Lynn, Charlotte, NC
  15. Nicole, Pittsboro, NC
  16. Leslie, Greenfield, IN
  17. Mabel, Madison Heights, MI
  18. Gail, Orchard Park, NY
  19. Stefanie, Staunton, VA
  20. Jean, Meadville, PA
  21. Danyse, Charlotte, NC
  22. Elinor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  23. Diane, Harrisburg, PA
  24. Brenda, Ball Ground, GA
  25. Judy, Orfordville, WI
  26. Paula, Stamford, CT
  27. Sue, Duluth, GA
  28. Barb, Cookeville, TN
  29. Caro, Mint Hill, NC
  30. Melissa, Concord, NC
  31. Patricia, Winchester, VA
  32. Trisha, Punta Gorda, FL
  33. Bobbi, Dayton, OH
  34. Debbie, Burke, VA
  35. Donna, Leesburg, FL
  36. Therese, Lewiston, ME
  37. Nej and and Alex, Meridien, ID
  38. Joyce, Donna, Diane, and Kerri, Lakewood, WA
  39. Ruth and Mason, Carpinteria, CA
  40. Robin and and Ruthy, Rathdrum, ID
  41. Dawn and and Sue, N Cape May, NJ
  42. Caurus Academy, Anthem, AZ
  43. Firstgiving Donors
  44. Carla and Impress Rubberstamps
  45. Heather and the River Christian Fellowship, Twin Falls, ID
  46. Joanne and Weimar Campers,
  47. Anita, Turlock, CA
  48. Lindy, Seattle, Wa
  49. Judie, Coeur d'Alene, ID
  50. Louise, Frazier Park, CA
  51. Sheila, Puyallup, WA
  52. Ann, Seattle, WA
  53. Denise, Arroyo Grande, CA
  54. Velda, Mesquite, NV
  55. Nicole, Martinez, CA
  56. Cindy, Pewaukee, WI
  57. Janice, Bountiful, UT
  58. Lynn, High River AB Canada,
  59. Velda, Mesquite, NV
  60. Judy, Rocklin, Ca
  61. Lisa, Lexington, TN
  62. Patty, Santee, CA
  63. Paula, Rathdrum, ID
  64. Shirley, Faribault, MN
  65. Polly , Peoria, AZ
  66. Amy, Aurora, CO
  67. Betty and Jay, Mountain Home, ID
  68. Ann, Bonney Lake, WA
  69. Ina Lea, Bakersfield, CA
  70. Carol, Vancouver, Wa
  71. Gail, Sacramento, CA
  72. SuzAnn, Salt Lake City, UT
  73. Kathay, Humble, TX
  74. Jane, Phoenix, AZ
  75. Joan, Tacoma, WA
  76. Deloris, W. Salem, OH
  77. Andrea, Ithaca, NY
  78. April, Meridien, ID
  79. Betty, Mountain Home, ID
  80. Dolores, Frederick, MD
  81. Harriet, Vista, CA
  82. Marianne, Naches, WA
  83. Office of the NYS Comptroller Volunteer Team, Albany, NY
  84. Cindy and Friends at Checkered Cottage, St Louis, MO
  85. Sharon and Ladies of Monroe County - Waterloo, Waterloo, IL
  86. Westminster Preschool, Evansville
  87. Martie, Dayton, OH
  88. Renee, Andover, MN
  89. Connie, Marion, IA
  90. Susan, Tinley Park, IL
  91. Barbara, Lakewood, CO
  92. Shirley, Rochester, MN
  93. Kay, Minnetonka, MN
  94. Ruth, Columbia, MO
  95. Janice, Rochester, MN
  96. Carole Ann, The Woodlands, TX
  97. Gail, Elgin, IL
  98. Linda, Belleville, IL
  99. Linda, Grant, MI
  100. Betty , Salina , KS
  101. Janet, Newburyport, MA
  102. Rosalie, Macomb, MI
  103. Diane, Gallatin, TN
  104. Sue, Cannon Falls, MN
  105. Chris, Monument, CO
  106. Lori, Mascoutah, IL
  107. Ruth, Columbia , MO
  108. Sheryl, The Woodlands, TX
  109. Pattie, Munroe Fall, OH
  110. Rosalie, Mocomb, MI
  111. Sue, Rockford
  112. Jane, Apple Valley, MN
  113. Tricia, Whitewater, WI
  114. Marie and Mary Cariola Children's Center, Rochester, NY
  115. Cathy, Blue Springs , MO
  116. Pam , Tampa, FL
  117. Susan, Cary, NC
  118. Sandi, Tacoma, Wa
  119. Jeri, Hurley, WI
  120. Nancy, HB, MS
  121. Cece, Mequon, WI
  122. Salina, Cary, NC
  123. Sandy, Jamestown, NC
  124. Albertine, Lafayette, LA
  125. Office of NYS Comptroller Volunteer Team, Albany, NY
  126. Donna and Christ's Church of Effingham, IL
  127. Joy, Red Bud, IL
  128. Lynn, Dayton, MN
  129. Rosemary and Lyndhurst Woman's Club, Lyndhurst, NJ
  130. Kathy, Vernon Hills, IL
  131. Dorothy, Burbank, CA
  132. Tami, Round Lake, IL
  133. Diane, Lufkin, TX
  134. Janie and Fruitful Hands Ladies Ministry of Bogue Banks Baptist Church, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
  135. Rayna & Chad, Port St Lucie, FL
  136. Elizabeth, Sheppard AFB, TX
  137. Wiliam and Estelle, Huntley, IL
  138. Doris, Whiteville, NC
  139. Cathy, Bethel, ME
  140. Pamela, Duvall, Wa
  141. Sharon, Goodyear, AZ
  142. Anita, Tacoma, WA
  143. Amy, Framingham, MA
  144. JeAnne, Paducah, KY
  145. Arvetta, Ellsworth, KS
  146. Shirley, Cedar City, UT
  147. Brenda and Mission Viejo Hobby Group, Aurora, CO
  148. Cheryl and and Michele, Crest HIll, IL
  149. Cheryl, Crest HIll, IL
  150. CJ, Wichita Falls, TX
  151. Christine, Jersey City, NJ
  152. Kelli, Paragould, AR
  153. Debbie, Ferndale, MI
  154. Thea, Monument, CO
  155. Deni, Nevada City , CA
  156. Cara, Phoenix, AZ
  157. Pat, Woodinville, WA
  158. Carla, Palm Coast , FL
  159. Cathie, Apopka, FL
  160. Susan, Santa Ana, CA
  161. Cindy and Barbara, Spring , TX
  162. Janice, Rochester, MN
  163. Heather, Bristol, WI
  164. Cathy and Colonial Life and the Reeves and Raglands, Columbia, SC
  165. Chris, Leavenworth, KS
  166. Cheryl and Cannon AFB Spouses Club, Clovis, NM
  167. Jenifer, East Alton, IL
  168. Tina, Stephens City, VA
  169. Cheryl, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  170. Dorothy and EmpowHER, Corpus Christi, TX
  171. Penny, Ainsworth, IA
  172. Nicole, Sioux City, IA
  173. Leann, St Paul, MN
  174. Penny, Las Cruces , NM
  175. Christine, Plymouth, MN
  176. Sharon, Joplin, MO
  177. Patti, Victor, MT
  178. Jean, Mission, TX
  179. Linda and St Pauls UMC Christ Care Group, Idaho Falls, ID
  180. Carol, Binghamton, NY
  181. Antonia, Lufkim, TX
  182. Beverly, Chapel Hill, NC
  183. Jakie and NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs, Spring Lake, NJ
  184. Tami, Muscoda, WI
  185. Windy, Loveland, OH
  186. Mandy, Marietta, GA
  187. Debbie, Layton, UT
  188. Valerie, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  189. Sandy and Girlfriends CNY, Syracuse, NY
  190. Patricia, Silverdale, WA
  191. Janis and Crazy Croppers, Springfield, MO
  192. Wordene and Frontier Pioneers, Rochester, NY
  193. Karen, Tiffany, Kacie, Kaylie and Megan, Charlotte, MI
  194. Sonya and Stamp Express, Camp Hill, PA
  195. Khanh, Inglewood, CA
  196. Sharon, Berryton, KS
  197. Marlene and Crop Circles, Hillsboro, OR
  198. Michelle, Bothell, WA
  199. Annie, Sheridan, IL
  200. Erica, Manteno, IL
  201. Ruby, Thornton, CO
  202. Janet, Corpus Christi, TX
  203. Karen, Wasilla, AK
  204. Cindy and Stamp Tramps, Sioux Falls, SD
  205. Sandra, Eugene, OR
  206. Beth, Valdosta, GA
  207. Lori and Capitol City Christian Church, Jefferson City, MO
  208. Valerie and and Nancy W, Lawton, IA
  209. Mara, Westminster, MD
  210. Karen, Hamilton Sq., NJ
  211. Yolanda, Warrenton, MO
  212. Corie , Roselle, IL
  213. Gail, Elgin, IL
  214. Colleen, West Branch, MI
  215. Diane, Girard, OH
  216. Glenda, Richmond, CA
  217. Kathie and Ladies of Kennesaw, Kennesaw, GA
  218. Diane, Maple Grove, MN
  219. Lisa, Lansing, MI
  220. Jane and North Central Iowa Stampers, Raymore, MO
  221. Mary, Kenosha, WI
  222. Tarynne, Simi Valley , Ca
  223. Rachel and Expressions of Faith, Buffalo, NY
  224. Kim, Perkasie, PA
  225. Carol , Oak Brook, IL
  226. Minna and Boerne 1st Ward Relief Society Sisters, Boerne, TX
  227. Nicole, Richfield, UT
  228. Patricia, North Bergen, NJ
  229. Margaret, Long Beach, CA
  230. Marilyn , Grand Blanc, MI
  231. Joyce, Soap Lake, WA
  232. Wendy and Girl Scout Troop 1230, Dublin, OH
  233. Maxine, Wentzville, MO
  234. Carole, Allen, TX
  235. Staci, Chester, IL
  236. Cindy, Dearborn Heights, MI
  237. Kathe, Adamsville, PA
  238. Terie, Washington, UT
  239. Missy, Florissant, MO
  240. Deborah, Chandler, AZ
  241. Jill, Jacksonville, FL
  242. Dodie and Niles Public Library District, Niles, IL
  243. Sherry, Canal Fulton, OH
  244. Nelda and Kirkwood United Methodist, Kirkwood, MO
  245. Janet, Newburyport, MA
  246. Donna, Stamford, CT
  247. Gayle, Carlisle, PA
  248. Susan, Lancaster , PA
  249. Brenda, Katy, TX
  250. Lora, Columbia , MO
  251. Joy, Columbia, MO
  252. Sharon, OFallon, MO
  253. Cedina, Hanover, MD
  254. Carol, Phoenix, AZ
  255. Joy, Matthews, NC
  256. Ashley and Klein United Methodist Soup Group, Spring, TX
  257. Sue, Levitown, PA
  258. Marcia, Gwen, and Ladies of Hope, Cedar Hill, MO
  259. Liz and Coal City Public Library Dist, Coal City, IL
  260. Jan and San Fernando Valley Mothers of Multiples Club, Northridge, CA
  261. Jennifer, Harrisburg, NC
  262. Michele, Lisle, IL
  263. Patricia and Paper Temptress, San Jose, CA
  264. Ann and and friends, La Grange, IL
  265. Virginia, Ft Collins, CO
  266. Joan, Morton Grove, IL
  267. Patricia and and Families of Deployed Soldiers, Newton, NJ
  268. Robi, Northridge, CA
  269. Patty, Akron, OH
  270. Barbara, No. Chatham, MA
  271. Barbara and Lincoln Financial Group, Concord, NH
  272. Robin, Alpha, OH
  273. Judith, Hudson, IA
  274. Amber, Leonard, TX
  275. Vanessa and Episcopal Church of Women of Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis, OR
  276. Cathy and Irene and Scrapbooking Together Charity, Danville, CA
  277. Lynn and Silver Stampers, Rockville, MN
  278. Jan, Umatilla, FL
  279. Jessica, White Hall, VA
  280. Elonna, Waterville, WA
  281. Jan, Wallingford, CT
  282. Barbara, Wurtsboro, NY
  283. Yolanda, Pasadena, CA
  284. Lisa and 4H Woodbury Bluebirds, Central Valley, NY
  285. Mary and Brownie Troop #453; Cub Scout Den 4, Pack 99; , Effort, PA
  286. Tracy, Honolulu, HI
  287. Kelli, Paragould, AR
  288. Tami and Fiskateers, Lake Arrowhead, CA
  289. Lori, Clarksburg, WV

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Be My Valentine BLOGHOP coming!


It seems like it's been ages since we've had the excitement of a bloghop....so let's do it for Veteran's Day Weekend!
BLOGHOP: NOVEMBER 13

What's a bloghop?
Bloggers agree to post according to provided guidelines, all on one day and at one time. We provide a link to each blogger to include in their post, and then readers ("hoppers") get to hop from one blog straight on to the next! This requires a bit of planning - and cardmaker and blogger Yolanda has graciously agreed to help out with coordinating! Thank you Yolanda!

Theme
This hop will be all about Valentines! Let's turn our minds from santas to cupids - and help the crafting world make that transition too. Post a valentine card, and be sure to mention that the Christmas deadline is over and Valentines are due January 7. You can add a tutorial, blog candy, something about why you love making OWH cards, stories and photos of heroes - whatever you like!

How to participate
  1. Sign up at http://operationwritehome.org/bloghop by midnight on Wednesday November 10th.
  2. Have your post drafted and ready to roll anytime before then; set it to go live at 7am Pacific/10am Eastern on Saturday November 13th.
  3. On Thursday November 11th, you'll get an email with the blog before and after you, so you can edit your post to add the proper links. Please do that before Saturday morning, we don't want any broken links!
  4. Saturday morning, hop hop hop! We'll start at the Stars and Stamps blog and list everyone, but if the daisy chain works, we'll hop from one blog to the next. If you're a blogger, we're asking if you could start with your blog and move on from there, so that the bloggers later in the list get some visitors earlyish in the day as well!
Help get the word out!
Add a badge to your blog and link it to http://operationwritehome.org/bloghop ... you can post on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else you like, too! Leave a comment below to let us know if you'll be blogging, hopping, or both!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mailroom Monday: October 25, 2010


This week 18,547 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $687.50! Many thanks to everyone who's been getting the extra Hero Mail done so we can keep these boxes moving out to our heroes!


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to an Army unit
341 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a National Guard unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Iraq:
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
341 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Egypt:
330 cards to an Army unit



To heroes at sea:
330 cards to an at sea unit
330 cards to a forward-deployed Coast Guard unit in the middle east




To heroes in Kuwait:
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2135
Number of hero contacts:  988
Total cards sent: 638,301


Deadline reminders:

Halloween - passed
Thanksgiving - passed
October 30 - Christmas
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
Valentines Jan 7

Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Deadline reminders, bloghop, AnyHero flyer!

Happy last-week-of-holiday-cards to you! Yes, this is the last week to mail your Christmas cards in, so we're hoping you're on track! The deadline is October 30th.

Craft for a Cause deadline is also Oct 30! Get busy if you haven't entered yet; we want OWH in the running for the voting round in November, so we can win for our heroes. The quantity of submissions for us matters, so go enter!

Valentines deadline is Jan 7th. But as always, earlier is better! Soon we'll be putting together the calendar for 2011, so stay tuned - we're glad you're thinking ahead, though!

Bloghop! We haven't had one in a while, so stay tuned for more info - Nov 11 is Veterans Day but we'll be bloghopping the Saturday following it - on the 13th. Mark your calendars...pssst plan to make a valentine!

AnyHero mail update: Mail is coming in, thank you from all the shippers! We're back on track getting boxes out, but don't stop writing letters...we have tons more boxes to ship. BRAND NEW: a flyer for you to give to teachers, scout leaders, and churches to get their kids excited! Click to download a printable pdf.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday: October 21, 2010

Happy Thursday! 19,879 cards were received and processed by our shippers....thank you all soooooo much! AnyHero mail is now starting to shake loose too...we need more more more, so keep it coming!

Many thanks to all our wonderful donors this week:
  1. PaperCrafts Magazine readers, Bluffdale , UT
  2. Resurrection Catholic School, Lakeland, FL
  3. Angie, Cedar RApids, IA
  4. Anita, Sealy, TX
  5. Anita, Urbana, OH
  6. Ann, Magalia , CA
  7. Ann
  8. Ann, Garden City, KS
  9. Ann, Bonney Lake, WA
  10. Arvetta, Ellsworth, KS
  11. Barbara and Active Life Center (and others), LaGrange, GA
  12. Barbara, Wurtsboro, NY
  13. Barbara, Manville, NJ
  14. Barbara, Mansfield, TX
  15. Barbara, Milton, WI
  16. Barbara, Butte, MT
  17. Becky, Elk Grove, CA
  18. Becky and Marilea, Elk Grove, CA
  19. Bernie, Stewartville, MN
  20. Betty, Houston, TX
  21. Bev and Scrapbook Concepts Cardmakers, Florence, SC
  22. Beverly, Keller, TX
  23. Billie, Cortez, CO
  24. Carla, Mineral Bluff, GA
  25. Carol, Vancouver, WA
  26. Carolyn, Darien, IL
  27. Carolyn, Gonzales, LA
  28. Cathie, Apopka, FL
  29. Cathy, Durham, NC
  30. Celestine and Hillside Senior Citizens, Hillside, NJ
  31. Cherie, Tacoma, WA
  32. Cheryl, South Pasadena, CA
  33. Cheryl, Sparta, NJ
  34. Christina, Coon Rapids, MN
  35. Christy and Moms Club Lexington East, Lexington, KY
  36. Cindi and Church of Jesus Christ of LDS - YW, Woodbridge, VA
  37. Cindy and Los Gatos Elks Lodge #1857, San Jose, CA
  38. Cindy, Battlefield, MO
  39. Colleen, Orlando, FL
  40. Cynthia, Naples, FL
  41. Cynthia, Contoocook, NH
  42. D&K, Granite City, IL
  43. Darla and Girl Scout Troop #60405, Northumberland, PA
  44. Dawna, Bloominton, IN
  45. Deb, Cambridge , IL
  46. Debbie, Burke, VA
  47. Debbie, Gastonia, NC
  48. Debbie, Versailles, OH
  49. Debby, Vienna, VA
  50. Debby, Las Cruces , NM
  51. Debi and East Greenwich, RI Stamping Girls, North Kingstown, RI
  52. Dee, Puyallup, WA
  53. Deloris, W. Salem, OH
  54. Denise, Martinez, GA
  55. Denise, Williamsville, NY
  56. Dolores, Frederick, MD
  57. Donna, Bedford, IN
  58. Dori, Delaware, OH
  59. Doris, Carteret, NJ
  60. Elinor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
  61. Ellen, Garden City, KS
  62. Ellen, Garden City, KS
  63. Ellyn, Mobile, AL
  64. Emily, Redwood Valley, CA
  65. Erica, Kenmore, NY
  66. Gail, Sacramento, CA
  67. Gale, Phoenix, AZ
  68. Gladys, Sherburne, NY
  69. Hannah, Naples, FL
  70. Jane and and SU friends at WCD, Phoenix, AZ
  71. Jane, Midlothian, VA
  72. Janet, South Park, PA
  73. Janet, Biddeford, ME
  74. Janet , Raleigh, NC
  75. Jeanine, Cleveland, TN
  76. Jen, Salt Lake City , UT
  77. Jennifer and Cactus Christian Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ
  78. Jennifer and Crafty Card Gallery, Citrus Heights, CA
  79. Jennifer and Trevors Tuff Mammas, Knox, IN
  80. Jennifer, West Jordan , UT
  81. Jennifer, knox, IN
  82. Jenny, Springfield, MO
  83. Joan, Atlanta, GA
  84. Joan, Worchester, MA
  85. Joan, Avon, IN
  86. Joan, Woodland, WA
  87. Joanne, Sacramento, CA
  88. Joanne, Romeoville, IL
  89. Joyce and Deborah's Gathering, New Spirit Lutheran, Tucson, AZ
  90. Joyce and NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs, New Brunswick, NJ
  91. Judie, Vineyard Haven, MA
  92. Judy, Orfordville, WI
  93. Judy
  94. Julia, San Diego, CA
  95. Juliana, Philadelphia, PA
  96. Julie, Shreveport, LA
  97. Kaitlin, Magnolia, TX
  98. Kaki and Scrappin' Yats!, Lacombe, LA
  99. Karen, Valparaiso, IN
  100. Karin , Parma, OH
  101. Kathe, White Lake, MI
  102. Kathy, Liverpool, NY
  103. Kathy and and Kat, Olympia, Wa
  104. Kathy and Junior Girls Scout Troop #1511, Canton, ME
  105. Kathy and Las Noches Woman's Club, Tempe, AZ
  106. Kathy, Ilion, NY
  107. Kathy, Ilion, NY
  108. Kathy, Gaylord, MI
  109. Kathy, Orem, UT
  110. Kelly, Redwood City, CA
  111. Kelly and Stampfield Starts with SU, Apple Valley, MN
  112. Kelly, Cluny, Alberta Canada
  113. Kim, Ft Worth, TX
  114. Lee, Dalton, WI
  115. Lee, Dalton, WI
  116. Leigh, Houston, TX
  117. Lesley, Kirkwood , MO
  118. Liana, Lima, NY
  119. Linda and Journals of the Heart, Brookings, SD
  120. Linda and Mt Moriah MB Church Stamp Class, Paducah, KY
  121. Linda, Hemlock, NY
  122. Linda, Millersville, MD
  123. Linda, Glenville, NY
  124. Linda, Ypsilanti, MI
  125. Linda, Burleson, TX
  126. Linda, Dewey, OK
  127. Lindy, Seattle, WA
  128. Lindy, Seattle, WA
  129. Lisa, Lansing, MI
  130. Lisa and and friends, Duncans Mills, CA
  131. Lisa and Impact Community Church, Sacramento, CA
  132. Lisa, Jacksonville, FL
  133. Lisa, Rockport, MA
  134. Lori, Springfield, VA
  135. Lori, 
  136. Lorraine, Norwood, PA
  137. Lucinda, Indiana, PA
  138. Lynn, Great Falls, MT
  139. Lynn, Ocala, FL
  140. Lynn, Blaine, MN
  141. Margie S, Loveland CO
  142. Marliyn, Holmen, WI
  143. Mary, Virginia Beach, VA
  144. Mary, Lenexa, KS
  145. Megan, Decatur, IL
  146. Melenie, New London, IA
  147. Melinda, Tulare, CA
  148. Mickey, South Lyon, MI
  149. Ms C, Cicero, IL
  150. Nancy, Trexlertown, PA
  151. Nancy, Hartsville, TN
  152. Nancy, Eddyville, KY
  153. Nanette and Pikes Peak Sunday Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  154. Nicole, Richfield, UT
  155. Norma, Yakima, WA
  156. Pam and Sunset Covenant Church, Portland, OR
  157. Pamela, Bradenton, FL
  158. Pansy, Garden City, KS
  159. Pat, New Brunswick, PA
  160. Pat, Woodinville, WA
  161. Pat, 
  162. Pat, Munroe Fall, OH
  163. Pat, Goshen, IN
  164. Patricia, Gainesville, FL
  165. Patty, Carsonville, MI
  166. Penny, Auburn, ME
  167. Pia, Wilmington, MA
  168. Polly , St Paul, MN
  169. Rhonda and LDS Church Relief Society of Women, Eden, Ut
  170. Rosalie, Macomb, MI
  171. Roxie, Mooresville, NC
  172. Ruth, LaGrange, GA
  173. Ruth, Columbia, MO
  174. Ruth Ann, Gilbert, AZ
  175. Sandi, St. Petersburg, FL
  176. Sandra, Las Vegas, NV
  177. Sandy, Seaford, NY
  178. Sandy and Dovre Lutheran Church, New Auburn, WI
  179. Sandy, Hanover, PA
  180. Sandy, Lawrence, MA
  181. Sara, Thomaston, GA
  182. Sherry, Arlington, VA
  183. Sherry, Minnetonka, MN
  184. Shirley, Defiance, MO
  185. Stacy, Pasco, WA
  186. Stephanie, Fleetwood, PA
  187. Stephanie, Newport News, VA
  188. Stephanie, New York, NY
  189. Stephanie, Crystal Beach , Ontario Canada
  190. Sue 
  191. Susan, Ridgewood, NY
  192. Susan, Cannon Falls, MN
  193. Tamika, Hampton, VA
  194. Teresa, Vancouver, WA
  195. Theresa, Kent WA
  196. Traci, Harrisburg, NC
  197. Trudy, Anaheim, CA
  198. Valerie and and friends at cardmaking party, Lawton, IA
  199. Vicki and Treasured Memories (Oct crop), Reno, NV
  200. Victoria, Cullowhee, NC
  201. Victoria and Treasured Memories (Oct crop), Reno, NV
  202. Yvette, Whittier, CA 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Surprise Challenge: WINNERS!

We received 24,572 cards in the first half of the month - many thanks to everyone who created each and every one! Our October Surprise Challenge has been a great success - thanks for beating the Oct 30 Christmas card deadline, we're able to get so many boxes packed right now because of you!


Random.org just picked winners - who will receive a copy of Kimber McGray's book, 175 Fresh Card Ideas! The book has super inspiring cards, as well as a great endorsement of OWH in it....enjoy!

Pam B, Ceylon, MN 
Eydie B, Cherry Hill, NJ

Congratulations!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mailroom Monday: October 18, 2010

This week 20,436 cards were mailed out - 61 boxes, at a cost of $762.50! Let the ho ho ho -ing begin!! :)

See all the boxes in the photo at right? Each shipper has that many...or more...and we need hero mail for them! 15-20 letters per box....please help and send in what you're able to do. Get your kids, schools, workplaces, friends, neighbors....heck, get your pets to jot a note to our heroes! Let's keep them smiling and knowing someone at home cares!

To  heroes in Afghanistan:
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Contractor unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to an AirForce unit
340 cards to an AirForce unit
337 cards to an AirForce unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
346 cards to an Army unit
346 cards to a USO team
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Marine unit


To heroes in Iraq:
330 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes at sea:
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to a Navy unit






To heroes in Kuwait:
330 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit







Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2080
Number of hero contacts: 973
Total cards sent: 619,754


Deadline reminders:

Halloween, fall, and Thanksgiving - passed
October 30 - Christmas
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters


Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

AnyHero Mail Crisis

With the quantity of boxes we're mailing out...we're out of Hero Mail! The ziploc bag full of AnyHero letters is a special treat that we put in each box; about 15-20 letters go in each one. However, when our box quantities double and triple in these coming weeks as Christmas cards go out, we need double and triple the normal amount of letters! *all shippers are low, but Sandy is out completely! :(

Can you write a couple notes and send them off to your shipper?  Quick like a bunny? Christmas ones will be needed later, but general ones right now. Here are some other ideas:

These simple postcards were signed by
airline passengers in 2008, while
we were still CFH.

  • Make a few AnyHero cards to take to your office or carpool, and ask co-workers to write a note in them.
  • Ride the bus to work? Have a couple cards on hand to ask those sitting around you to write a note - you might make a new friend too!
  • Get your kids and their friends to make some! 
  • Travelling? Make some quick postcards and ask the flight attendant if it's ok to ask passengers to sign some! 
  • Ask your child's teacher or scout leader to have the kids write letters as a class project!
  • Invite your church, synagogue, or club to participate. Cardmaker Esther made this display for her church's cardsigning event - she updates it with numbers each time they hold an event:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday: October 14, 2010

This week, 11,125 cards were received, sorted, stamped, enveloped, and otherwise processed as needed! Many thanks to all our donors - you're making our heroes incredibly happy!

Check out Dixie's recycle bin - each of our shippers has recycle bins overflowing right now! :)

A few other things to check out if you haven't yet seen them:
And now, without further ado, our list, in alpha order! We hear y'all like it that way so you can find your names easier! :) If your name isnt here and you think  you sent in cards - did you send a packing slip with yours? It helps a ton!

  1. Cut@Home customers, Sandy, UT
  2. Anne, Vadnaus Heights, MN
  3. Anne, Franklin Park, IL
  4. April and The Stamping Divas, Taylors, SC
  5. Barbara, Cookeville, TN
  6. Barbara, Round Rock, TX
  7. Barbara, Coupeville, WA
  8. Becca, Dana, IL
  9. Bev and Tavern Scrappers, Burgess, VA
  10. Bonnie and Delta Kappa Gamma, Burbank, CA
  11. Brenda, Kooskia, ID
  12. Caro, Mint Hill, NC
  13. Cathy, Durham, NC
  14. Christine, Lake Placid, FL
  15. Cindee, Harrisburg, PA
  16. Colleen and Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area, Annandale, VA
  17. Colleen, Annandale, VA
  18. Connie, Kalispell, MT
  19. Dawn, Dickinson, ND
  20. Dawne, Cave Creek, AZ
  21. Deb and Lincoln Elementary, Hyrum, UT
  22. Deborah, Ft. Bragg, NC
  23. Dee, Puyallup, WA
  24. Deneen, Electric City, Wa
  25. Diana, Belton, MO
  26. Diane, Gallton, TN
  27. Donald & Tereza, Winfield, AL
  28. Donna, Hollidaysburg, PA
  29. Eileen, Chama, NM
  30. Elissa, Harrisburg, NC
  31. Esther, Vancouver, WA
  32. Esther, Jacksonville, FL
  33. Flo, Pacifica, CA
  34. Ginny, Calabash, NC
  35. Glenda, Renton, WA
  36. Harriet, Winston-Salem, NC
  37. Helen, New York, NY
  38. Jamie, Independence, MO
  39. Jan, Henderson, NV
  40. Jan, Raleigh, NC
  41. Jan, Grand Forks, ND
  42. Jan, Phoenix, AZ
  43. Janice and Preceptor Delta Tau Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Parrish, FL
  44. Janice, Rochester, MN
  45. Jennifer, Harrisburg, NC
  46. Jill, Bradley, IL
  47. Joyce and R.U. Stampin' & Scrappin', Hot Springs, AR
  48. Judith, Vineyard Haven, MA
  49. Juliana, Cave Creek, Az
  50. Julie, Cedar Rapids, IA
  51. Karen, Auburn, WA
  52. Kelly, Johson, NE
  53. Kimberley, Kennewick, WA
  54. Lani, Westampton, NJ
  55. Lauretta, St-Jean Sur Richelieu, Quebec Canada
  56. Linda, Belleville, IL
  57. Lindy, Seattle, WA
  58. Lisa, Lansing, MI
  59. Lori and Croppin Monkeys, McDonough, GA
  60. Lori, Marietta, GA
  61. Lori, Temecula, CA
  62. Lousie, Basking Ridge, NJ
  63. Lynn, Charlotte, NC
  64. M R, Chicago, IL
  65. Mali, El Cerrito, CA
  66. Marge, Wayne, NJ
  67. Mary and Cutting Edge Scrap Club, Oakdale, MN
  68. Mary and Meadowbrook Christian Church, Mt Vernon, IL
  69. Maureen, Manchester, NJ
  70. Michelle, Eldersburg, MD
  71. Mindy and Ellicott City Rubber Stamp Club, , MD
  72. Nancie and Karen Wilson and Mary Lou Glick, Phoenix, AZ
  73. Nancy and St. John's Lutheran Church, Fallston, MD
  74. Nancy, Sandwich, MA
  75. Nancy, Bristol, CT
  76. Nicole, Pittsboro, NC
  77. Pam , Wellington, MO
  78. Pat, West Richland, WA
  79. Pat, Greensboro, GA
  80. Pat, N. Ft. Myers, FL
  81. Pat, Bethel Park, PA
  82. Patricia, Flower Mound, TX
  83. Patti, St Louis, Mo
  84. Polly, Peoria, AZ
  85. Rebecca, Fort Lewis, WA
  86. Rebecca, Dana, IL
  87. Rosslyn, Annapolis, MD
  88. Ruthanne, Blairsville, GA
  89. Ruza, Round Lake Beach, IL
  90. Sandy, Eugene, OR
  91. Sandy, Graettinger, IA
  92. Sara, Mabank, TX
  93. Sara, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  94. Sharon and Ladies of Monroe County - Waterloo, Waterloo, IL
  95. Sherry, Millersburg, OH
  96. Sherry, Bonney Lake, WA
  97. Sue and Relief Society/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Henderson, NV
  98. Sue, Hendersonville, TN
  99. Sue, Cannon Falls, MN
  100. Susan, Sammamish, WA
  101. SuzAnn, Salt Lake City, UT
  102. Tammy and Girl Scout Troop 71452, Ewing, NJ
  103. Theresa, Staunton, VA
  104. Trisha, San Diego, CA
  105. Vicky, Brewster, WA
  106. Yolanda, Warrenton, MO

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mailroom Monday: October 11, 2010

This week 13,848 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $512.50!!! We're ramping up for the biggest shipping weeks of the year - hold onto your tape guns!

An inside scoop about one of this week's boxes: it's the first going to the son of one of our other heroes we've been supporting! Father and son's tours crossed paths. The requestor, cardmaker Jody, said "So son and father are there for a few months together. G. (dad) was able to surprise S. (son) and meet him at airport when he arrived over there."



To  heroes in Afghanistan:
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Marine unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Air Force unit
334 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Iraq:
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Marine unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Air Force unit
334 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit





Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,018
Number of hero contacts: 963
Total cards sent: 598,433


Deadline reminders:
Halloween - passed
Thanksgiving - passed
October Surprise Challenge - October 15! Hurry!
Christmas - October 30
Any Hero Christmas Letters - November 30


Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

OWH Scentsy Fundraiser

Kay, one of our cardmakers, is hosting this fundraiser on her site...go do some holiday shopping! She is hoping to close the sales on Oct 30 so the donations can be processed quickly and help get some Christmas boxes out to our heroes.
What if you could take care of your holiday shopping from the comfort of your sofa and help raise money for OWH to use towards shipping? I know! Genius…
Who doesn’t like scented candles? How about a safer, wickless alternative? How about 80 different scents to choose from? Enter Scentsy!
Scentsy's beautiful ceramic warmers house a low-watt light bulb that slowly melts the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick, filling your home with one of more than 80 unique, long-lasting scents. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And, because there is no flame, there is no smoke, soot or lead.
So here’s how the fundraiser works:
Go to https://tartanmagnolia.scentsy.us
Look for the “Operation Write Home Fundraiser” under “My Open Parties” . Click on “Buy from Party” Choose your products ☺
Please be sure your order will be shipped directly to you, not to the hostess (Sandy doesn’t need any extra shipping!)
All the commission from sales made during this fund raiser (20% ) will be donated to OWH.
Any hostess credits earned will be used towards the purchase of Scentsy Scent Paks, Scentsy Travel Tins and Scent Circles to be sent to our troops to freshen their living quarters.
Don’t know what to buy?
Check out the Patriot Collection – a separate donation from the sale of each of these warmers will be made by Scentsy to military programs so you get to double your support. Add a manly scent like Hemingway or Rustic Lodge and suddenly there’s the alternative to socks fo those hard to buy for guys.
How about the holiday collection? Add a bar of Snowberry, Christmas Cottage or one of the other Fall & Winter sets for a perfect solution for your holiday giving.
Or consider the “Love, Life, Hope” warmer, our Fall 2010 Scentsy Family Foundation Charitable Cause Warmer with a bar of You Go Girl. All profits from the sale of this warmer go directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Questions? Please feel free to contact me directly at tartanmagnolia@gmail.com.
Thanks so much for your support of Operation Write Home!!

Thank you Kay for your support for our heroes!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Calling all nurses

We've talked a lot about the card hospital - and a lot of folks have asked if there's a 'simple' version of our guidelines. Yes, our guidelines page has gotten convoluted with all the explanations needed for so many of our cardmakers! Many of you have needed an explanation in order to believe that we do have reasons behind our rules :)

So...by popular demand, we've created a streamlined brochure with the basics. You can share this with your stamp clubs, local stamp stores, any friends interested in making cards.

Please refer to the guidelines page for further explanation of any of the items. And know that we may need to revise this at some point, which we'll do in conjunction with blogging about it so you can re-download the brochure as needed.


And while we've put Ciara and her eaglet friend in nurse's caps for the brochure....why not offer them to you to use as little digis? Enjoy!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday: October 7, 2010

WHEW! Another week of beautiful cards under our belt...."Only" 16,479 this week. (Okay so compared to 26,000 you're slackers, but 16,000 is nothing to sneeze at!) 1001 of them were AnyHero cards!!! YAY! Have you read this note about them?

Pictured here is Ciara's older brother Oliver, attempting to assist with   help with   get in on stamping and tucking!

A quick few reminders for y'all....we need your help!

  • Halloween deadline is long past. Truly!
  • Thanksgiving deadline is also behind us - but you can send GENERAL FALL cards for another week or so - get them in by Oct 15th. Any units that didn't get Thanksgiving cards can use those for TG if the post office zoooooms with them overseas. 
  • Thank you cards  (winter, fall, or anything else) are very very very welcome by all our heroes at this time of year - they send a lot of gratitude to those who've supported them all year.
  • Please please please, stamp the backs of your cards with Operation Write Home! Some of you are writing sweet notes about running out of time to do it...but we have less time than you do for it. Hold onto your cards if you can't get them stamped, they're not going to get used too soon anyway if they're not prepped when they arrive.
  • Please perform other triage - remove plastic sleeves, check for glitter and loose embellishments, and line the insides of dark cards.  
  • Don't forget to fill out the packing slip clearly - and list the number of cards in the box!
And now....this week's list! We sorted by first names, hopefully that'll help you find yourself on the list. Thanks everyone for your wonderful cards, AnyHero mail, and donations!

  1. Amber, Centralia, WA
  2. Amy, Seneca, SC
  3. Andrea, La Habra, CA
  4. Andrea, St Germain, WI
  5. Ann, Hutchinson, MN
  6. Barbara, Big Bear Lake, CA
  7. Barbara, Somerdale, NJ
  8. Belth, Howell, MI
  9. Bettiann, Gulfport, MS
  10. Betty, Salina, KS
  11. Breand, Independence, KY
  12. Carol Ann, San Marcos, TX
  13. Carolyn, Darien, IL
  14. Cheryl and Manhattan Scrapbooking Meetup Group, New York, NY
  15. Chris, Monument, CO
  16. Chris, Parkland, WA
  17. Christina and and Jen, Coon Rapids, MN
  18. Cindy, Normal, IL
  19. Claudia, Morgan Hill, CA
  20. Connie, Skaitook, OK
  21. Dawn, Nashville, TN
  22. Deb and TILL Inc.Watertown, MA
  23. Debbie, Casa Grande, AZ
  24. Debbie, Irvine, CA
  25. Denise, Alexandria, LA
  26. Diane, Dunsmuir, CA
  27. Dolores, Frederick, MD
  28. Eileen and Cardmaking Parties for OWH, Ridgeway, PA
  29. Elaine, Keene, NH
  30. Emily, Redwood Valley, CA
  31. Erin and Faith Girls Bible Study Group, Auburn, WA
  32. Esther, Ferndale, MI
  33. Esther, Ferndale, MI
  34. Eydie, Cherry Hill, NJ
  35. Faye , Fargo, ND
  36. Flourishes
  37. Frances, Sherman, ME
  38. Frony, Visalia, CA
  39. Gina, Olympia, WA
  40. Glenna, Lafayette, CA
  41. Helen, New York, NY
  42. J, St Paul, MN
  43. Jan, Parker, AZ
  44. Jane, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  45. Janis, Texarkana, AR
  46. Jay, Grants Pass, OR
  47. Jeane and First Baptist Church, Boyne City, MI
  48. Jeanne, St Maries , ID
  49. Jeri, Louisville, KY
  50. Jessica, Fremont, CA
  51. Jessica, Virginia Beach, VA
  52. Jill, Bloomington , CA
  53. Joan, Adkins, TX
  54. Joan, Breezy Point, NY
  55. Judean, Chestnut Hill, MA
  56. Judith, Vineyard Haven, MA
  57. Judy, Cleburne, TX
  58. Judy, Macysville , MI
  59. Judy, Orfordville, WI
  60. Judy, Rocklin, CA
  61. Karen and Residents at Medical Care Facility & Rehab Services, Okemos, MI
  62. Karen, Oakland Park, FL
  63. Kathay, Humble, TX
  64. Kathy, Windham, NH
  65. Kelly, Redwood City, CA
  66. Kimberley, Kennewick, WA
  67. Kimberly A, Chula Vista, CA
  68. Laura, Cottontown, TN
  69. LeAnn, St Paul, MN
  70. LeAnne, Pocomoke, MD
  71. Lee Mae, Silverdale, WA
  72. Lesley, Kirkwood , MO
  73. Linda and Mad Hatters of the Historic Village of Old Bridge, East Brunswick, NJ
  74. Linda, Kalona, IA
  75. Linda, St Paul, MN
  76. Lisa and Kota's Pen Pals, Pleasanton, CA
  77. Lisa, Jonesboro, AR
  78. Lora, Patten, ME
  79. Lori, Columbia, MO
  80. Lori, St Cloud, MN
  81. Lynn, High River AB Canada,
  82. Margaret and Boeing Leadership Development, Renton, Wa
  83. Margaret, Oakdale, CT
  84. Mari Jo and Gabbie, San Jose, CA
  85. Marianne, Naches, WA
  86. Marietta, Akron, IA
  87. Martha, Santa Rosa, CA
  88. Mary Sue, Lykens, PA
  89. Mary, Coquille, OR
  90. Maryann, Huntsville, AL
  91. Melanie, Everett, WA
  92. Melissa and HyVee Weitz Construction, Des Moines, IA
  93. Melissa, Fort Collins, CO
  94. Michele and Sandhills ScrappersWest End, NC
  95. Micki, Wathena, KS
  96. Mrs, Austin, TX
  97. Nan, Fowlerville, MI
  98. Nancy and West Coast Scrap & Chat, Campbell, CA
  99. Nancy, Columbus, IN
  100. Nancy, Hollister, Ca
  101. Nancy, Manchester, MD
  102. Nanette and Pikes Peak Sunday StampersColorado Springs, CO
  103. Nina, Dayton, OH
  104. Pam and Grateful Texans, Big Spring, TX
  105. Pam, Ceylon, MN
  106. Pam, McCullom Lake, IL
  107. Pamela, Mineral Bluff, GA
  108. Pamela, Schenectady, NY
  109. Pamela, Virginia Beach, VA
  110. Pat, Munroe Fall, OH
  111. Pat, Upton, MA
  112. Pat, West Richland, WA
  113. Pat, Woodinville, Wa
  114. Patricia, Lakewood, OH
  115. Pattie, Hoffman Estates , IL
  116. Patty and Stamp-PattysMoosup, CT
  117. Paula, Bellvue, OH
  118. Paula, Stamford, CT
  119. Peggy and and Barbara Fort Worth, TX
  120. Rachel, Port Crane, NY
  121. Rebecca, Auburn, NH
  122. Rebecca, Ukiah, CA
  123. Reta, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
  124. Rhonda and and friends, Grantsville, UT
  125. Ronda and The Paper Breezers, Navarre, FL
  126. Ruth Ann, Gilbert, AZ
  127. Salina, Massena, NY
  128. Samantha, Bismarck, ND
  129. Sandi, West Chester, PA
  130. Sandra, Las Vegas, NV
  131. Sandra, Lewiston, CA
  132. Sandy and East Side School, Glasgow, MT
  133. Sara, San Antonio, Texas
  134. Seongsook and and friendsSacramento , CA
  135. Sheila, Plymouth, WI
  136. Shelly, Royal Oak, MI
  137. Sherry, Arlington, VA
  138. Sherry, Collinsville, AL
  139. Shirley and Creative Memories ScrapbookersKent, WA
  140. Stacy, Cincinnati, OH
  141. Stephanie and Robin, New York, NY
  142. Sue, Londonderry, NH
  143. Sue, Louisville, KY
  144. Sue, Rockford , IL
  145. Susan, Arcadia, FL
  146. Susan, Cannon Falls, MN
  147. Susan, Grand Blanc, MI
  148. Susan, Hudson, WI
  149. Suzi, Carnation, WA
  150. Tereza, Lane, Winfield
  151. Therese, Lewiston, ME
  152. Veronica, Oronogo, MD
  153. Wendy, Raleigh, NC
  154. Whitney, Mansfield, TX
  155. Yolanda, Warrenton, MO
  156. Yvonne, Apex, NC
  157. Yvonne, Brighton, MI

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mailroom Monday: October 4, 2010

This week 9,015 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $337.50! These are the first Thanksgiving cards on the way...we're taking a deep breath and getting lots of boxes ready to start pushing out the door in more and more massive quantities in the month of October. It's our biggest shipping month every year!






To  heroes in Afghanistan:
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to a mixed unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes in Iraq:
685 cards to an USO unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Qatar:
330 cards to an Air Force unit





To heroes in Kuwait:
330 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes at sea:
340 cards to an Navy unit










Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 1,975
Number of hero contacts: 954
Total cards sent: 584,255


Deadline reminders:
Halloween - passed
Thanksgiving - passed
October Surprise Challenge  - October 15
Christmas - October 30
Any Hero Christmas Letters - November 30


Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Surprise CHALLENGE!

Are you ready for another challenge? (And yes, it's a cheesy name. LOL!)

This time it' brought to you by our dear friend and author Kimber McGray! She's a talented crafter, military wife, and OWH supporter who wrote a new book - 175 Fresh Card Ideas - and in it OWH gets a wonderful shout out!! What a great way to get the word out to crafters about our heroes' need for cards! All cards submitted for the book are donated to OWH, too!


Here's a few links you might want to check out to hear more about the book and Kimber herself:


The challenge
Our shippers would LOVE your help in getting Christmas cards in before the Oct 30th deadline; they all have to be stamped, tucked, sorted, and repacked to be in the mail shortly after that, and if cards got to them early, their lives would be a lot easier! (You can help by making your cards shipper-ready...review the Guidelines to see how!)

So to qualify for the drawing, get your cards to a shipper  BEFORE OCTOBER 15th!

To get an extra entry, post a card and link to this blog post about our challenge on your blog, and link up below!


REMINDER! No more halloween cards please, we're well past that deadline. Thanksgiving just passed as well. But if you have fall papers and stamps you simply need to use - make a general card (thinking of you, birthday, love, thank you) with them and they are due by Oct 15th as well.

The prize
Kimber's generously giving us two copies of her book to give away! Thank you Kimber!!