Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OWH Deputies needed!

We've had quite the year of record-breaking numbers of cards! Everyone has done an AMAZING job. And we want to give you a rest.

During the month of December, we know everyone needs to take a break from their cardmaking....so we have a non-crafty assignment for you that shouldn't take much time at all....are you ready to take this one on? Here's a card to inspire our deputies:
Yes, another card by our Hero Blog hero! How fantastic is that little star??
Your assignment (should you choose to accept!): Find cards.

How? Check around in your town for people and places that might have cards. Done. Sitting in a box ready to be used by our heroes. Or maybe not OWH-ready (need stamped, or card fronts needing card bases, etc) but close-to-ready. We know there are plenty of cards out there that need a note written in them....so let's hold a scavenger hunt for them! Here's a partial list of places to check out - add your own suggestions in comments on this blog post!
  1. Stamp store - they almost always have samples in the back from past seasons/lines of stamps. 
  2. Scrapbook store - ditto!
  3. Local stamp demos - Stampin Up!, CTMH, or others....look in your phone book for "rubberstamping" and see what you find! Lots of these company reps can't use or post cards using retired stamp sets, and they're often ready to unload their cardfronts or cards to someone who needs them.
  4. Stamp manufacturers - do you know someone who works at a manufacturing company? Email and ask if they've got samples!
  5. Design teams - members of DTs often have a good stash of cards lying around too - send them the url and see if they're interested in getting rid of some of their unused cards.
  6. Stores that sell handmade cards - many sell them on consignment, but some could have cards in the back that haven't sold for one reason or another - and they'd love shelf space back. 
And if you find a motherlode? Contact a few local cardmakers, and host a short triage party! Many hands make light work - so you can share some Christmas cookies, stamp and tuck a few cards, and then go on to holiday preparations with gusto, knowing you've given some cards a new home :)

OWH Coloring pages - the whole collection!

It's about time we pulled together all the OWH coloring pages for you! We launched OWH's first coloring pages a while ago, and kids across America have been enjoying them - and they're being loved all over our deployed locations too. We launched some Christmas holiday coloring pages -  please use these in September/October/November only.

And today, we're giving you our brand new I love America coloring pages! These use our new Ciara images (see the S&S post here for more details!) - but they're great for "anytime" hero mail too. Download the pdf, or click on an image below and right-click to download the larger image. Happy coloring! And PS - we're adding InLinkz to this post....take a picture of your kids' finished works using any of our coloring pages!




Monday, November 29, 2010

Mailroom Monday: November 29, 2010

Happy Monday! Hope everyone survived the turkey overload through the Thanksgiving weekend! :) Our heroes had a little Thanksgiving celebration themselves - here's what a turkey dinner looked like in many parts of Afghanistan! (Photo courtesy of The U.S. Army on Facebook.)

This week 4,304 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $165.60!


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
337 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
150 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
12 cards to our Polish General, courtesy of the U.S. Navy!

To heroes in Iraq:
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit


To heroes in Kuwait:
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,382
Number of hero contacts: 1,078
Total cards sent: 727,551


Deadline reminders:

Christmas cards are done now!
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
Valentines - January 7
Watch for our Dec 1 enews for 2011 deadlines!


Current shipper needs: see here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday: November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!! 
We love it that this holiday always falls on our day of giving thanks for all of our fantastic cardmakers and donors....you are all so wonderful, and we could not serve our heroes so well without your dedication and generosity! Thank you! One thank-you card isn't enough to share our gratitude...so here are two!


You've all been wondering where we are on the Archway challenge....and as of this Thankful Thursday report, we've received 3,305 Valentines!!!! THANK YOU! We can do this - we know many folks are still mailing them in....stay tuned on Dec 1 to find out if we made it! Sign up for our email list so you're the first to know! (If your email address has changed, please go to the same link to edit your preferences!)

This week, we received 9,208 cards from these wonderful cardmakers and AnyHero letter-writers...names are in alphabetical order so you can find yourselves. :)

  1. Firstgiving Donors (http://firstgiving.com/operationwritehome)
  2. Cosmos Lions Club, Cosmos, MN
  3. Allyson, Ft Worth, TX
  4. Angela, Fair Oaks, CA
  5. Ann and Ladies at Park Towers, Hutchinson, MN
  6. Ann, Hutchinson, MN
  7. Anna, Charlotte, NC
  8. Antonia, France
  9. Betsy, Lincoln, CA
  10. Betty, Salina, KS
  11. Bev, San Francisco, CA
  12. Brenda and Stamper's Alley, Mooresville, NC
  13. Carol, Oak Brook, IL
  14. Carole Ann, The Woodlands, TX
  15. Casey, Chattanooga, TN
  16. Cecilia, Red Bank, NJ
  17. Cheryl and Colonial Life, Columbia, SC
  18. Cheryl, South Pasadena, CA
  19. Chris, Monument, CO
  20. Christina and and crew, Coon Rapids, MN
  21. Christina and Equinox Terrace, Manchester Center, VT
  22. Christina, Streetsboro, OH
  23. Christy, Charleston, WV
  24. Christy, Irving, TX
  25. CJ, Wichita Falls, TX
  26. Cynthia, Contoocook, NH
  27. Danielle and Dumbledore's Army of Delaware County, Broomall, PA
  28. Dawne, Cave Creek, AZ
  29. Debby, Las Cruces , NM
  30. Dee, Brimley, MI
  31. Denise and Wesley United Methodist Church, Martinez, CA
  32. Diane, Bemidji, MN
  33. Diane, Norfolk, VA
  34. Dianne, Coon Rapids, MN
  35. Dinane, Gallatin, TN
  36. Donna and Royal Cardmakers, Leesburg, FL
  37. Donna and The Door Church Card Ministry, Tucson, AZ
  38. Donna, Missouri Valley, IA
  39. Dori, San Antonio, TX
  40. Doris, Carteret, NJ
  41. Dwita, Komperta Klayan Cirebon, Indonesia
  42. Esther, Vancouver, WA
  43. Frances, Silverdale, WA
  44. Ginger, Santa Monica, CA
  45. Hannah and Riverside AfterSchool Program, Forth Worth, TX
  46. Heather and Mount de Sales Academy, Macon, GA
  47. Helen , New York, NY
  48. Janet, Clermont, FL
  49. Janice, Bountiful, UT
  50. Janie and Unity Church of the Bay Area Craft Group, Houston, TX
  51. Jennifer , Marshfield, WI
  52. Jennifer, Austin, TX
  53. Jennifer, Harrisburg, NC
  54. Jessica, Santa Rita, Guam
  55. Joan and Harvest Bible Chapel, Morton Grove, IL
  56. Joan, Tacoma, WA
  57. Joanne, Haines City, FL
  58. Joni, Enumclaw, WA
  59. Josephine and Ringwood Woman's Club, Ringwood, NJ
  60. Judy, in memory of Toni B, Lincoln, NE
  61. Karen and Cub Scout Pack 600 Bear Den #1, Levitown, NY
  62. Karen, East Quogue, NY
  63. Karen, Monticello, MN
  64. Karen, Wasilla, AK
  65. KellyRae, Coolidge, AZ
  66. Kris, Lincoln, NE
  67. LaDonna, New Salem, ND
  68. Laura, Seatac, WA
  69. Leah, St Paul, MN
  70. Lee, Dalton, WI
  71. Leigh and Nancy, Houston, TX
  72. Lillian, New Albin, IA
  73. Lina, El Paso, TX
  74. Linda, Ypsilanti, MI
  75. LindaLee, Charleston, WV
  76. Lindy, Seattle, WA
  77. Lynn and Silver Stampers, Rockville, MN
  78. Marsha, Sheffield, OH
  79. Mary and and friends, Tucson, AZ
  80. Maude, Las Cruces , NM
  81. Maude, Las Cruces , NM
  82. Nancy, Hollister, Ca
  83. Nancy, Trexlertown, PA
  84. Nicole, Pittsboro, NC
  85. Pamela, Bakersfield , CA
  86. Phyllis, W St Paul, MN
  87. Polly, Peoria, AZ
  88. Rhonda and Willow Elementary, Grantsville, UT
  89. Rita, Charlevoix, MI
  90. Rosey, Astoria, NY
  91. Ruth Ann, Gilbert, AZ
  92. Samantha, Fort Lewis, WA
  93. Sandi, St. Petersburg, FL
  94. Sandra, Irvine, CA
  95. Sharon, Houston, TX
  96. Sheila and Crafty Corner Stampin Club, Katy, TX
  97. Sheila and First Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC
  98. Shirley, Carbondale, IL
  99. Shirley, South Burlington, VT
  100. Shonda, Las Vegas, NV
  101. Stacy, Sheffield Village, OH
  102. Stefanie, Staunton, VA
  103. Sue, Cannon Falls, MN
  104. Suzanne, Lacey, WA
  105. Tammy, Woodland, CA
  106. Terri, Grants Pass, OR
  107. Tracey, Ronnert Park, CA
  108. Traci, Harrisburg, NC
  109. Tracy, Allentown, PA
  110. Tracy, Honolulu, HI
  111. Yolanda, Warrenton, MO

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mailroom Monday: November 22, 2010



This week 5,076 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $187.50. A big drop, as Christmas cards are finished! This week, these were mostly boxes with some winter-themed cards in each, so that if they arrive quickly, these units can use them for Christmas.....many thanks to those who made them so we could have these intermediate boxes ready to go!

The cards shipping out this week were as follows:

To  heroes in Afghanistan:
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Civilian Contractor unit
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Navy unit
335 cards to an Civ unit

To heroes in Iraq:
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Civilian Contractor unit
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Navy unit
335 cards to an Civ unit

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








Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2368
Number of hero contacts: 1075
Total cards sent: 720,227


Deadline reminders:

Thanksgiving and Christmas  - passed
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
Valentines - January 10
We'll be announcing the 2011 deadlines shortly!

Current shipper needs: see here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday: November 18, 2010

An AnyHero drawing from Natalie!
We are celebrating that we've already gotten 648 of the needed 4,000 valentines! In just the first week of them!! Great start to the challenge of succeeding at our Special Mission

Our total received this week was 7,253 cards, including LOTS of AnyHero mail. And we're grateful for each and every card, letter, and dollar donated!!
  1. Albertine, Lafayette, LA
  2. Alice, Keene, NH
  3. Allison and Chapman Elementary School, Chapman, KS
  4. Amanda and HIPO - The Boeing Company, Kent, Wa
  5. Angela, Southbridge, MA
  6. Anne, Barron , WI
  7. Betty, Salina, KS
  8. Caro, Mint Hill, NC
  9. Cecile, North Attleboro, MA
  10. Cindee, Harrisburg, NC
  11. Cindy and Los Gatos Elks Lodge #1857, San Jose, CA
  12. Debbie and Carpenter School, Park Ridge , IL
  13. Debbie and Charles Schwab, Indianapolis, IN
  14. Debbie and Emmanuel Fellowship Church, Seville, OH
  15. Debra and Lincoln Elementary 1st graders, Mrs Reynold's class, Hyrum, UT
  16. Dee, Brimley, MI
  17. Denise, Pueblo, CO
  18. Gregory and Merritt Island High School Photography Students, Merrit Island, FL
  19. Gwen, Cedar Hill, MO
  20. Heather, Huntington Beach, CA
  21. Jennifer , Palmer , AK
  22. Joanne, Fort Mill, SC
  23. Joseph and Wilmington, NC
  24. Judy, Ordfordville, WI
  25. Judy, Tracy, MN
  26. Julie, Santa Fe, NM
  27. Karen and Scrapology, Lakeway , TX
  28. Karen, San Antonio, TX
  29. Kay, Canton, GA
  30. Lee, Dalton, Wi
  31. Linda and Sumpter's Home Chapter, DAR, Sumpter, SC
  32. LindaLee, Charleston, WV
  33. Lori and Scrapbooks Inc., Lima, OH
  34. Lori, Springfield, VA
  35. Luanne and B' Scrappin', Henderson, NV
  36. Lynn, Charlotte, NC
  37. Lynna and Life Pointe Church, Rio Linda, CA
  38. Mandy, Christiana, TN
  39. Marcia and Ladies of Hope, Cedar Hill, MO
  40. Maria, Peyton, CO
  41. Mary and Meadowbrook Christian Church, Mt Vernon, IL
  42. Mary Lou, West Carrolton, OH
  43. Mary, Windham, ME
  44. Melissa, , England
  45. Pam, Big Spring, TX
  46. Pat, West Richland, Wa
  47. Phyllis and Lincoln Hills Paper Arts Group, Lincoln, CA
  48. Rick and AARP, Washington, DC
  49. Roberta, Lafayette, IN
  50. Ruth, LaGrange, GA
  51. Sandy, Manchester, MO
  52. Sarah, St Paul , MN
  53. Sharla, Topeka, KS
  54. Sheila and and Traci, Seattle, WA
  55. Stephanie, New York, NY
  56. Susan and Hannah More School, Reisterstown, MD
  57. Susan, Kansas City, MO
  58. Suzanne, Lacey, WA
  59. T, Payson, UT
  60. Tammy, Harrisburg, PA
  61. Victoria, Owingsville, KY

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mailroom Monday: November 15, 2010

This week 15,300 cards were mailed out - in 45 boxes, at a cost of $562.50! The last of the Christmas cards are winging their way overseas, to have messages written in them and sent back home :)

If more holiday cards arrive, they'll be stored for next year...in our garages and basements, wherever we find space! If you have a secure place to hold onto them, you're welcome to send them to us next August. :) (Just don't forget....write a note on your 2011 calendar now to remind yourself!)


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
345 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to an Army unit
685 cards to an Army unit
685 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
340 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 an Army unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes in Iraq:
700 cards to an Army unit
700 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
680 cards to a USO
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to a mixed unit
340 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 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 Kuwait:
345 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to a Navy unit










Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2353
Number of hero contacts: 1062
Total cards sent: 715,160!


Deadline reminders:

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas - passed
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
Dec 1 - Special Mission Valentines
Jan 7 - Valentines


Current shipper needs: see here.

Blog candy winners!

Congrats to our blog candy winners! Rather than trying to go find your emails, please send an email to sandy@operationwritehome.org with the following information:
  • Subject line: Homefront Candy, winner #____
  • Name
  • Address
Since there are so many, I hope that will help me track who I've heard from and who I haven't! I sorted them alphabetically, so that should make it easier to find your names, and added blog names or partial email addies to narrow it down to which of you with that first name. I'll try to find those who don't reply in the next day or two. Thanks!

  1. Ann, AnnJerryK
  2. April, Crafting the Magic
  3. Attegirl, Fun Scrapping
  4. Beth, Beth Horn's Stamp Pad
  5. Brenda, Infiinite Possibilities
  6. Cheryl, WillowHouse
  7. Christi, with a lime
  8. Doris, MomsBeen Scrappin
  9. Elin K at kovash001
  10. Elizabeth C at gmail
  11. Erica, Creative but Messy
  12. Fibre Junky
  13. Holley at Holley's Hobbies
  14. Jean B in PA
  15. Jennifer Mitten
  16. Joanne Travis
  17. Judy J, Judytamper
  18. Kathy, Schuyler Dog
  19. Katlyn, KnK
  20. ~Kendra~
  21. Lillian Child
  22. Lisa, Land of Encraftment
  23. Lisa, Schnauz Scraps
  24. Lone Pine Designs
  25. Melissa, Disney Dreamer Designs
  26. Ola
  27. Patty, sportsfan80
  28. Ronda S, mum2eight
  29. Sarah, SF Designs
  30. ScrappingDeb
  31. Shawnie®
  32. Shell, Create with Me
  33. Shelly Schmidt
  34. Shirley G, CardsbyShirleyG
  35. Snowflake Dreams
  36. Tricia, Simply Stamping

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Be My Valentine BLOGHOP! Last stop!

Have you been having a good time today? We sure hope so!  This is the last stop on the hop, unless you started mid-stream...you'll want to go to the beginning and pick up any you missed!
Card share
We've got a little valentine for you, made with a new release from MelJen Designs - isn't this little guy the sweetest! The card design here is from the Stars and Stamps sketch #42 for this past week - do you use the sketches posted there each Sunday? They're a great source of inspiration - especially going back on a Saturday to see how so many different folks used the sketch all week long.


PRIZES!
We've got a special treat....36 little prizes! The Paper Zone generously donated all these packets of goodies, and we'll be picking 36 winners from comments left on this blog post. Winners will be selected from comments left  about what you found inspiring during the hop. If you're not a blogger, leave your email - type out your email address like this: janestamper at aol dot com  - that way we can reach you to get your address, and spammer robots won't find you. Comment by midnight PSTon Sunday November 14th, winners will be emailed later in the week.
  • 4 packs with a "Words Party Set" from Rubber Soul, plus 2 Studio G small stamp sets
  • 13 packs with a "Words Baby Set" from Rubber Soul, plus 2 Studio G small stamp sets
  • 19 packs with 6 assorted Studio G small stamp sets
All stamp sets are clear, unmounted. The Studio G are Xmas and Halloween with a few St Patricks.

Thanks for taking the time to hop along with everyone....for leaving comments and sharing ideas. Now go get busy making cards! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday: November 11, 2010

This week, since our Christmas deadline is behind us, saw our shippers breathing a huge sigh as incoming mail slowed to a comparative trickle - "only" 7,408 cards....can you believe that that number can actually sound "small" after months of 20,000+ a week?? The packing has still been heavily underway, but at least the stamping and tucking of the cards-with-a-deadline is done!

We'll be gearing back up shortly, and hope that you're all ready to step back up to the cardmaking plate again. All those heroes who received Christmas cards will now be in line for boxes of Valentines! We won't need as many Valentines as we did holiday cards, since we send a much smaller percentage of Valentines in each box; however those boxes will need to be filled with other themes too. So your crafty work will be much in demand! The special mission announced yesterday should help - have you seen that post? Help us get the word out!

Since it's Veteran's Day....here's something really nice that showed up in email. We are so thankful for all our veterans, and there are people worldwide also grateful to American heroes!
This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace. The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country, that he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors.  Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. This statue will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.
Thank you so much to this week's donors.....your cards, Anyhero mail, and donations are such a blessing to our heroes and their families; you are all making a huge difference!
  1. Amanda, Fayetteville, NC
  2. American Legion Post 96, Hutchinson, MN
  3. Angela, Dawson Creek BC, Canada
  4. Ann , Hutchinson, MN
  5. Ann , Orem, UT
  6. Ann, Seattle First Covenant Church, Seattle, WA
  7. Anne, Vadnais Heights , MN
  8. April, West point, NY
  9. Barbara, Arkadelphia 1st Presbyterian Church, Arkadelphia, AR
  10. Barbara, Big Bear Lake, CA
  11. Becky, Elk Grove, CA
  12. Betty, De Soto, MO
  13. Bev, Tavern Scrappers, Burgess, VA
  14. Beverly, Castleton, NY
  15. BJ , Hereford, AZ
  16. Brandy, Binghamton, NY
  17. Cameron, Houston, TX
  18. Camille, Columbus, GA
  19. Carol, Oak Brook, IL
  20. Carolynne, San Angelo, TX
  21. Christina, Middle school students at Carlisle School, Axton, VA
  22. Debbie, Casa Grande, AZ
  23. Dee , Puyallup, WA
  24. Dolores, Frederick, MD
  25. Donna, Gun Barrel City, TX
  26. Doreen, Windham, NH
  27. Ellen, Vancouver, WA
  28. Esther, Vancouver, WA
  29. Helen, New York, NY
  30. Jan, Parker, AZ
  31. Jan, Upward Bound - CO State Univ Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
  32. Janis, Olustee, OK
  33. Jay, Grants Pass, OR
  34. Jeanine, Cleveland, TN
  35. Jennifer, Memphis, TN
  36. Jessica, Virginia Beach, VA
  37. Joan, Adkins, TX 
  38. Judith, Hudson, IA
  39. Judy, Sebago, ME
  40. Kathi, Hockessin, DE
  41. Kathy, Atlanta, GA
  42. Kathy, Windham, NH
  43. Katie, Stampin for Soldiers, Elmendorf AFB, AK
  44. Kris, Holtwood, PA
  45. LaDonna, New SAlem, ND
  46. Leda, Vero Beach, FL
  47. LindaLee, Charleston, WV
  48. Madonna, Springfield, VA
  49. Mary, "stamp til you cramp", Lisbon, ND
  50. Maxine, Wentzville, MO
  51. Maxine, Wentzville, MO
  52. Melissa, Verdun, Quebec
  53. Michelle, Shady Shores, TX
  54. Mindy, Ellicott City Rubber Stamp Club, W. Friendship, MD
  55. Muriel, San Jose, CA
  56. Pat, Berwick, PA
  57. Polly, St Paul, MN
  58. Rebecca, Auburn, NH
  59. Rhonda, Balzac AB, Canada
  60. Rhonda, Houston, TX
  61. Rita, Columbia, MO
  62. Robyn, Roy, UT
  63. Rosalie, Macomb, MI
  64. Ruth Ann and Virginia, Gilbert, AZ
  65. Ruth, Columbia, MO
  66. Sandy, Elizabethtown, KY
  67. Sarah, Winter Park, FL
  68. Shadnee, Oklahoma City, OK
  69. Sherry, Zion Kids Club, Clare, MI
  70. Shirley, Columbus, MS
  71. Stephanie, Littleton, CO
  72. Sue, Rockford, IL
  73. Susan, Milton, FL
  74. Susan, PaperCrafts Magazine readers, Bluffdale, UT
  75. Teresa, Vancouver, WA
  76. Tracey, Londonderry, NH
  77. Victoria , Barboursville, VA
  78. Virginia, La Mirada, CA
  79. Washington School, Burbank, CA

Veterans Day 2010: We can never thank them enough

A great piece highlighting those who served - and those who serve our veterans! God bless them all.


Be sure to post on your facebook, twitter, blog, etc, about our veterans this day. Honor their service, and invite others to do the same!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SPECIAL MISSION! Due Dec 1!

Archway Cookies loves heroes like we do. And they want to partner with OWH to get some sweets out to our service members for the holidays....as well as generate LOTS of valentines for them to write home on!


HOW THIS MISSION WORKS
  1. Make your best valentines. We need 4,000 valentines for this mission, but we have lots of you to do it - so take your time, use quality supplies, and pour tons of love into them! Remember that this card will carry home tons of love from a hero so far from home, so it needs to be a beautiful, sturdy, and loving creation! Be sure to stamp/label the back with "Operation Write Home", use no glitter, and make them A2 sized cards. More guidelines are here.
  2. Send your valentines to one of our shippers by Dec 1st. (You may also send other card themes!) Be sure to include a packing slip, and write ARCHWAY on it!
  3. Archway Cookies matches us sweets for sweets  - they'll send cases and cases to our OWH contacts to enjoy for the Christmas holidays! 
We need to act fast to get all this done and shipped to our heroes in time for Christmas celebrations in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations, so join in and help us achieve our special mission!!

Leave some love for Archway in comments on this post...let them know what you think of their generous gift to our heroes!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mailroom Monday: November 8, 2010



 This week 27,460 cards were mailed out - that's 68 boxes, at a cost of $1010.70! Another banner week!  We're inching toward 3/4 of a million cards....our total number of cards sent since we started:
699,860!

We are just about on the final boxes of Christmas cards - and we're happy to say we'll have met every request for Christmas cards this year! We do have some 'winter' boxes in the wings for requests that show up in the next 2 weeks or so; it'll be dicey getting them there and home in time, but if the postal system cooperates, those can be used for the holidays.



To  heroes in Afghanistan:
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
684 cards to a Marine unit
684 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Army unit
342 cards to an Army unit
1026 cards to an Army unit
690 cards to a mixed unit
690 cards to an Army unit
690 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Marines unit
340 cards to a Marine unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to a Marine unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
680 cards to a Navy unit
680 cards to a Navy unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to a Marine unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Navy unit


To heroes in Iraq:
347 cards to an Army unit
690 cards to an Army unit
690 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a mixed unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Civilian Contractor unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to a USO
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 Kuwait:
690 cards to a mixed unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes at sea:
340 cards to a Navy unit



Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,312
Number of hero contacts: 1,041
Total cards sent: 699,860!!


Deadline reminders:

Thanksgiving and Christmas - passed
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
Valentines - January 7

Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Let the voting begin!


See the page for official rules - Vote EVERY day! It's really really important! Ask your friends, family, facebook friends, twitter followers, message board friends....don't bug them so much that they don't listen to you, but motivate them: Post pictures of our heroes to your facebook wall. Tell them stories. Link them to your favorite letters on the Hero Blog. Share!



Friday, November 5, 2010

Blog tips for beginners

With the bloghop on the way, here's some tips for new bloggers for creating your post, linking, and setting the date for the post to "publish" later on the date of the hop. Thanks to Yolanda for sharing this!

Easy steps to linking within a post on Blogger:

  1. Type up your blog entry.
  2. Select the words you want to use as links. Ex. ..."find it at OWH". Now select the word to make a link, ie OWH. 
  3. You will see a tool bar just above your post entry box. Select "link." Paste or type the URL of the site you are linking to. Use the link to a specific post like a challenge - http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/2010/11/midweek-throwdown-challenge.html - or to the "top" of a blog like http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org. You can get the long url by clicking on the blog post title, usually. The short url will link to the newest post on that blog.
  4. Save.
  5. Pat self on back.
  6. When it gets closer OWH will let you know who to link to after you. So you will put in her name and then link to her blog address (using her short url first, and editing to add the long one after the bloghop starts and her post goes live). 

To make life easy, go ahead and make your card. Write up your post and include the image within that day's post or instruct your readers to look down below where your pictures are. Then set it to publish at a scheduled time. It took me forever to figure this one out but it is fabulous!

  1. At the bottom of your post box choose "post options."
  2. Down on the right you will see "post date and time."
  3. Click on "scheduled at."
  4. Add the date in this format--11/3/10.
  5. Add the time in this format--5:00 AM. ("A" and "M" must be capitalized)
  6. Choose "publish post." Now it will show up in your drafts as "scheduled." And it will go live at the proper time.
  7. Jump up and down yelling, "I did it! I did it!"

That trick is the biggest time saver EVER!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday: November 4, 2010

This week our shippers received, processed, stamped, tucked, and triaged 42,510 cards! WOW! Our cardmakers are crazyawesome!!! The AnyHero mail has also been pouring in and we are so glad to be able to include more in each of the packets in our boxes; that is such encouragement to our heroes to read!

As we've hit the deadline for holiday cards, we did discover a fairly common thread among the packages we've received in this last week or two, so thought we'd address it here.

We know you're all so excited about helping our heroes...but many of you are focusing on quantity over quality. Especially at the end of deadlines. This may be a symptom of the economy; if you can't afford good supplies, feel free to make fewer cards but with higher quality materials. Please understand that we mailed 91,000 cards last month - that means there are plenty of other cardmakers also working hard on making cards; so you don't need to feel personally responsible for getting a ton of cards made. The most common issues....
  • cards made with really cheap cardstock (the stuff that's barely as heavy as patterned paper or construction paper); please don't purchase the cheap stuff or to double up computer paper just to try to get a lot of cards made. You may only be succeeding in creating hospital patients.
  • cards made with children's craft supplies (foamies or stickers all over them, handwritten sentiments). Please leave the kids supplies to the kids AnyHero cards. 
  • cards made with gluesticks - these do not stick well, so we're gluing lots of cards back together. Save us the labor and invest in some better adhesives.
  • cards made with giftwrapping paper - they are falling apart. Please use papers made for crafting, as wrapping paper has coatings that make your adhesives let go by the time it gets to us. These will not last through shipping to us, overseas, and back home.
  • blank cards made with sentiments appropriate for AnyHero cards ("thank you for your service" or the Christmas poem to a soldier) - with no note inside. Our shippers do not need more blank AnyHero cards; we are overrun with them.
  • Please feel free to write notes in poorer quality cards you've been given by your friends, rather than writing us a note telling us we can make unacceptable ones into AnyHero notes. We'd prefer that you write the note yourself...we don't have extra time! 
Some comments we've been receiving lately have been that our heroes "are surely glad for anything we send" - and in talking with many of them, that is partially true. They're delighted at your efforts. But if it's a card that is falling apart, cut crooked, handwritten, or covered in stickers, it just doesn't look like there's much love poured into it; and it's getting left in the bottom of the box. Take your time, enjoy your papercrafting, and let's give our heroes our best work. They deserve the extra effort!

And now, without further ado, our list of incredible donors for this week! THANK YOU for all you do for our heroes!!!!! The list is sorted by first name so hopefully you can easily find your name here. Well, if you sent in cards this week, that is! :)

  1. Adele, Woodland Hills, Ca
  2. Agnes, Moscow Mill, MO
  3. Alfie and The Crafty Pad, Belmont, MA
  4. Amanda and Community Congregational Church, Villa Park, IL
  5. Amber Marie and The Lotus Craft House, Aurora, CO
  6. Amy, Framingham, MA
  7. Andrea, St Germain, WI
  8. Angie, Port Neches, TX
  9. Ann, Houston, TX
  10. Ann, Knoxville, TN
  11. Anne, El Monte, CA
  12. Annette, Gansevoort, NY
  13. April, St Petersburg, FL
  14. Barb, Karen, and Irene, Kent, WA
  15. Barb, Milton, WI
  16. Barbara and Snesational Stampers - Brookhaven Church, Garland, TX
  17. Becca and Cannon School, Concord, NC
  18. Becca, Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Beckie, Hereford, TX
  20. Beth, Howell, MI
  21. Beth, Howell, MI
  22. Bette, Summerfield, FL
  23. Betty and Amenlin Thrift Store/ Corner Stone of Hope, Jetersville, VA
  24. Beverly, San Francisco, CA
  25. Bonnie, Mesa, AZ
  26. Brandy, Jacksonville, FL
  27. Brenda, Independence, KY
  28. C E , Apopkay, FL
  29. Capture Scrapbooking, Ft Collins, CO
  30. Carla, Mineral Bluff, GA
  31. Carmen, Northville, MI
  32. Carol and Shawna, Troutdale, OR
  33. Carol, Gilbertsville , PA
  34. Carol, Peoria, AZ
  35. Carol, Phoenix, AZ
  36. Carol, Prairie Village, KS
  37. Carol, St Louis, MO
  38. Carole, Campton, KY
  39. Carolyn, Livonia, MI
  40. Carolyn, Scottsboro, AL
  41. Catherine, Blue Springs, MO
  42. Cathie, Fresno, CA
  43. Cathy, Albuequerque, NM
  44. Cathy, Jamestown, KY
  45. Cecilia, Raleigh, NC
  46. Celeste, Fishers, IN
  47. Chandra, Concord, CA
  48. Charlsie, Napa, CA
  49. Cheryl, Auburn, ME
  50. Cheryl, Manchester, NH
  51. Cheryl, New York, NY
  52. Chris, Monument, CO
  53. Christi and Team Stars & Stripes, Canton, MA
  54. Christie, Bartlett, Il
  55. Christina and MOPS Encouraging Group, Allen, TX
  56. Christina, Parkland, Wa
  57. Christine, Lake Placid, FL
  58. Christine, Norwalk, CT
  59. Christine, Rensselear, NY
  60. Christine, Sacramento, CA
  61. Christine, Warren, MI
  62. Cindy and Christian Church of Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, CA
  63. Cindy and Friends at Checkered Cottage, St Louis, MO
  64. Cindy and Snap Dragons & Brandywine Elementary School, Indianpolis, IN
  65. Cindy, Newark, CA
  66. Clara, N Andover , MA
  67. Claudia, Ormond Beach, FL
  68. Colleen, Bethlehem, PA
  69. Creations by Christie, Bartlett, IL
  70. Crystal, Canton, MI
  71. Cyndi, Honolulu, HI
  72. Dana and Stampalicious, Columbian, SC
  73. Danielle, Clinton Township, MI
  74. Daria, Middleton, WI
  75. Dawn, Ocala, FL
  76. Debbie and and Liz, Phoenix, AZ
  77. Debbie, Casa Grande, AZ
  78. Debbie, Irvine, CA
  79. Debbie, Sacramento, CA
  80. Debbie, Versailles, OH
  81. Debby, Buffalo, MO
  82. Debra, Naples, FL
  83. Debra, Salt Lake City, UT
  84. Deloris , West Salem, OH
  85. Denise, Alexandria, LA
  86. Denise, Arroyo Grande, CA
  87. Denise, Pueblo, CO
  88. Diana, McKinney, TX
  89. Diorizella, Gurabo, PR
  90. Disabled American Veterans, Hutchinson , MN
  91. Dolores, Frederick, MD
  92. Donna, Gainesville, MO
  93. Donna, Hollidaysburg, PA
  94. Donna, Monroe, LA
  95. Donna, Trabuco Canyon, CA
  96. DRS Designs, Bethel, CT
  97. Eileen and Card Making Parties for OWH, St. Mary's, PA
  98. Elaine, Keene, NH
  99. Elizabeth, Highland Mills, NY
  100. Elizabeth, New Canaan, CT
  101. Ellen, Pasadena, MD
  102. Esther, Ferndale, MI
  103. Faye, Fargo, ND
  104. Fran, Powell, OH
  105. Frances and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Healdsburg, CA
  106. Frances, Gilbert, AZ
  107. Frances, Sherman, ME
  108. Gai, Dallas, TX
  109. Gail, Sacramento, CA
  110. Gayla, Dillsboro, IN
  111. Gina, Suwanee, GA
  112. Glenda, Renton, WA
  113. Glenda, Richmond, CA
  114. Hannah, Ferguson, MO
  115. Heather , Vancouver, WA
  116. Heather and Transfiguration School second graders, Oakdale, MN
  117. Heidi, Concord, NH
  118. Helen, Spring Creek, NV
  119. HyVee Weitz Construction, Des Moines, IA
  120. Jackie and Crystal River Womens Club, Homosassa Springs, , FL
  121. Jan and Marshfield Clinic Center's For a Cause, Marshfield, WI
  122. Jan, Akron, OH
  123. Jane and Women of P.E.O., Coon Rapids, IA
  124. Jane, Chesapeake, VA
  125. Jane, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  126. Janet, Colby, KS
  127. Janet, Stayton, OR
  128. Janice and Girl Scout Troop 2870, Big Bend, WI
  129. Janice and HAAS Group International, West Chester, PA
  130. Jayne, Fortson, GA
  131. Jeanette, Oliver Springs, TN
  132. Jeanine, Toledo, OH
  133. Jeanne and and friends, St Maries, ID
  134. Jeanne, St Maries, ID
  135. Jennifer and Crafty Card Gallery, Citrus Heights, CA
  136. Jennifer and Trevor's Tuff Mamma's, Knox, IN
  137. Jennifer, Coral Springs, FL
  138. Jennifer, Warrenton, VA
  139. Jeri and Scrapbook Art Card Club, Columbus, OH
  140. Jessica, Pinellas Park, FL
  141. Jessica, San Jose, CA
  142. Joan and and friends, Lodi, CA
  143. Joan, Woodland, WA
  144. Jody, Scottsdale , AZ
  145. Joyce, Concord, CA
  146. Joyce, Dearborn, MI
  147. Joyce, Soap Lake, WA
  148. Juanita, Plant City, FL
  149. Judith, Lincoln, NE
  150. Judy, Twp. of Washington, NJ
  151. Julie, Greenacres , FL
  152. Julie, Selma, OR
  153. Kaki and Scrappin' Yats, Lacombe, LA
  154. Kandice, Stone Mountain, GA
  155. Kara, Akron, OH
  156. Karen and Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, Paradise, CA
  157. Karen, Gaithersburg, MD
  158. Karen, Glen Haven, CO
  159. Karen, Huntington Beach , CA
  160. Karen, Nampa, ID
  161. Karen, Yantis, TX
  162. Kathi, Hockessin, DE
  163. Kathy and Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Livonia, NY
  164. Kathy, Pontiac, MI
  165. Kathy, Reedley, CA
  166. Kathy, Rochester, MN
  167. Kendall, Lawrenceburg, IN
  168. Kiely, Longmont, CO
  169. Kim, Binghamton, NY
  170. Kim, Bloomington, IL
  171. Kim, Whitman, MA
  172. Kimberly, Westminster, MD
  173. Kristin & Sandy, Pingree Grove, IL
  174. Kristine and Brownie Troop 60260, Hamden, CT
  175. Lana, Goodyear, AZ
  176. Laura and The Pilot Club of Moultrie, Inc, Moultrie, GA
  177. Laura, Cottontown, TN
  178. Laura, Newfoundland, PA
  179. Laura, Park Rapids, MN
  180. Laurie, Evans, GA
  181. Leah, St Paul , MN
  182. Leah, St Paul, MN
  183. Leann, St Paul, MN
  184. Lee Mae, Silverdale, WA
  185. Leigh Ann, Franklin, IN
  186. Leigh, Houston, TX
  187. Lesley, Kirkwood, MO
  188. Leslie, Bogart, GA
  189. Leslie, Clinton, UT
  190. Leslie, Willoughby Hills, OH
  191. Lin, Virginia Beach, VA
  192. Linda and Mad Hatters of the Historic Village of Old Bridge, East Brunswick, NJ
  193. Linda, Belleville, IL
  194. Linda, Dillsboro, IN
  195. Linda, El Paso, TX
  196. Linda, Indianpolis, IN
  197. Linda, Santa Monica, CA
  198. Linda, Santa Monica, CA
  199. Linda, Waldorf, MD
  200. Lindy, Seattle, Wa
  201. Lisa, Montrose, MI
  202. Lisa, Taylorsville, NC
  203. Lora, Patten, ME
  204. Lori and Capital City Christian Church, Jefferson City, MO
  205. Lori and Immanuel Lutheran Card Ministry, Milwaukee, WI
  206. Lori, Black Creek, WI
  207. Lori, Coon Rapids, MN
  208. Lori, Higginsville, MO
  209. Lori, Springfield, VA
  210. Lorraine and Canton Scrappers, Woodstock, GA
  211. Louise, Basking Ridge, NJ
  212. Lucy and Immaculate Conception Altar Society, Columbia, IL
  213. Lyn, Boise, ID
  214. Lynda, Grosse Pointe, MI
  215. Lynn, Golden Valley, AZ
  216. M, Sod, WV
  217. Mali and East Bay Scrapbookers, El Cerrito, CA
  218. Mandy, Christiana, TN
  219. Margo and and roommates, Souix City, IA
  220. Mari, Boardman, OH
  221. Marian, Huber Heights, OH
  222. Marian, Seal Beach, CA
  223. Marietta, Akron, IA
  224. Marilyn, West Chester, PA
  225. Marjorie and Scrapbookers @ Timberpoint Elementary School, Brentwood, CA
  226. Martha, Santa Rosa, CA
  227. Martha, Zephyrhills, FL
  228. Mary and Cuttind Edge, Oakdale, MN
  229. Mary Kay and and Cowan Printing, Oklahoma City OK, Oklahoma City, OK
  230. Mary, Lenexa, KS
  231. Mary, San Rafael, CA
  232. Maureen, Cedar RApids, IA
  233. Meg, Tucson, AZ
  234. Melanie, Everett, WA
  235. Melissa, Bloomington, IN
  236. Meredith, Zephyrhills, FL
  237. Michele, Morrow, OH
  238. Michelle, Gaithersburg, MD
  239. Michelle, Merion Station, PA
  240. Mona, Rocky Hill, CT
  241. Monica, Riverview, FL
  242. N.H.C. Nursing Home, Rossville, GA
  243. Nan, Fowlerville, MI
  244. Nancy and Glenwood 50+ Center, Eldersburg, MD
  245. Nancy, Birmingham, AL
  246. Nancy, Edmonds, WA
  247. Nancy, Hollister, CA
  248. Nancy, Williamston, NC
  249. Nanette and Pikes Peak Sunday Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  250. Nanette and Pikes Peak Sunday Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  251. Nanette and Pikes Peak Sunday Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  252. Natalie and The Onyx Group, Alexandria, VA
  253. Nikki and Oakstone Academy, Cols, OH
  254. Nina, Dayton, OH
  255. Nora, Medford, OR
  256. Olivia, Richmond, TX
  257. Pam, Florence, KY
  258. Pam, Mesquite, TX
  259. Pamela , Virginia Beach, VA
  260. Pamela, Virginia Beach, VA
  261. Pamela, Virginia, Beach
  262. Pat , Bloomington, MN
  263. Pat & Vicki, Olive Branch , MS
  264. Pat and St. John's UMC, Seaford, DE
  265. Pat and Upton Women's Club, Upton, MA
  266. Pat and Upton Women's Club, Upton, MA
  267. Pat, Bethel Park, PA
  268. Pat, Goshen, IN
  269. Pat, Stroudsburg, PA
  270. Pat, Upton, GA
  271. Pat, Vienna, NJ
  272. Patricia, Philadelphia, PA
  273. Patricia, Verona, VA
  274. Patsy, Richmond, CA
  275. Patti, Ruby, NY
  276. Paula and JPM NBC Contamination Avoidance, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  277. Paula, Vista, CA
  278. Peggy, Plymouth, MI
  279. Polly, Peoria, AZ
  280. Rebecca and Girl Scouts of the NW Great Lakes, Eau Claire, WI
  281. Rebecca, Virginia Beach, VA
  282. Reva, Ogden, UT
  283. Rhonda and and Nancy W, Belleville, MI
  284. Rita and Kingsport Evening Civitan Club, Kingsport, TN
  285. Rita, Charlevoix, MI
  286. Robin and Cracker Jack Stampers, Dexter, MI
  287. Robin, Dexter, MI
  288. Robin, Oconomowoc, WI
  289. Robin, Templeton, MA
  290. Rosemary and Rosie's Art Carnival, Florence, OR
  291. Rosemary, Tacoma, WA
  292. Ruth and CRS Group, Gaithersburg, MD
  293. Samantha, Fort Lewis, WA
  294. Sandi, Fremont, CA
  295. Sandi, West Chester, PA
  296. Sandra , West Chester, PA
  297. Sandra, Hillsboro, OR
  298. Sandra, Lewiston, CA
  299. Sandy, Kennesaw, GA
  300. Sandy, Manchester, MO
  301. Sara, San Antonio, TX
  302. Seongsook, Sacramento, CA
  303. Seongsook, Sacramento, CA
  304. Shannon and and Kellie Shramm, Martinez, CA
  305. Shannon, Plainfield, IL
  306. Shannon, Plainfield, IL
  307. Sharlene and Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, Galveston, TX
  308. Sharon and and Karen B-V, Green Bay, WI
  309. Sharon and Leaton United Methodist Church Crop Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  310. Sharon and Waldron Mercy Academy, Narberth, PA
  311. Sharon, Goodyear, AZ
  312. Sharon, Hicksville, OH
  313. Sharon, Worcester, MA
  314. Shelly, Burnham, PA
  315. Shelly, Royal Oak, MI
  316. Sherri, Franklin, TN
  317. Sherry , Arlington, VA
  318. Sherry, Bonney Lake, WA
  319. Sherry, Walnut Creek, CA
  320. Sheryl, Whitinsville, MA
  321. Shirley and and friends, Kent, WA
  322. Stacy, Cincinnati, OH
  323. Stefanie , Staunton, VA
  324. Stefanie, Staunton, VA
  325. Stefanie, Staunton, VA
  326. Stefanie, Staunton, VA
  327. Stefeni, Santee, CA
  328. Steffani, Wilmington, NC
  329. Steffani, Wilmington, NC
  330. Stephanie and First Christian Church, Johnston City, IL
  331. Stephanie and Robin, New York, NY
  332. Stephanie, Newport News, VA
  333. Steven, Spring, TX
  334. Sue , Marinette, WI
  335. Sue , Reinbeck, IA
  336. Sue and Country Lane Crafters, San Jose, CA
  337. Sue, East Greenwich, RI
  338. Sue, Scottsdale, AZ
  339. Susan, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
  340. Susan, Lancaster , PA
  341. Suzanne and Heidi Huffman, Rhoda Huffman, LaVerne, CA
  342. Tami, Salem, OR
  343. Tammy, Melrose Park, IL
  344. Tammy, Reedsport, OR
  345. Tara, Long Beach, CA
  346. Teresa and Founders Library Assoc, DeKalb, IL
  347. Teresa, Telford, PA
  348. Terre, Yuma, AZ
  349. Tom and Fountain Valley High School, Fountain Valley, CA
  350. Tracy and Hilton-Parma Senior Center, Hilton, NY
  351. Trisha and Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX
  352. Valerie, Thornton, CO
  353. Vanessa and Union Level Baptist Church WMU, South Hill , VA
  354. Verneta and Anchorage Church of Christ, Anchorage, AK
  355. Veronica, Madison, AL
  356. Veronica, Ornogo, MO
  357. Virginia, Hamilton, OH
  358. Virginia, Miamisburg, OH
  359. Virginia, Miamisburg, OH
  360. Wendy, Raleigh, NC
  361. Wendy, Sacramento, CA
  362. Yvonne, Brighton, MI

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vote for our veterans!

My friend, and OWH supporter, Alison Lighthall, RN, MSN, has been given a shot at a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. This money would pay all expenses (including a manual given to all participants) for medical and psychiatric clinician training to be provided to at least 9 hospitals on how to best care for military veterans, especially the young ones who have had multiple deployments.

Clinicians have zero training on this specific patient population, so not only do they sometimes say things inadvertently that either hurt, anger or alienate the veteran, they often misdiagnose them. Having civilian clinicians trained up in Combat PTSD and Combat Traumatic Brain Injury is vitally important for the wellbeing, and future, of our veterans.

Alison is fully prepared to provide that training. All she needs is the grant money to do it. And like our own competition, she can only get that grant money by getting enough votes to score in the top 10 in the $50,000 category.

SO... Please click on the following link, sign in (or register if you haven't already) and VOTE for Alison's project:


Also, if you want to, please use your other remaining 9 votes to support projects in the $5,000, $25,000 and $250,000 categories ONLY, since they are not Alison's competitors. And like our competition, you can vote every day!

A vote for this project is a vote for our Veterans.

Monday, November 1, 2010

YOU DID IT!!!

THANK YOU to everyone who entered the Joanns contest - we made it in the top three! Now for the prize, we're up against two VERY wonderful orgs - the American Cancer Society and Project Linus. Now, while we LOVE other folks who do such great work....we need to win this one for our heroes!

OWH is the "little guy" in the bunch, so we need your help in taking this on. Please vote early, vote often (refresh and vote again!), and get your friends and family to vote! I'll be sending you a weekly reminder/update as the voting wears on - especially if we begin to fall behind!

I recommend you first bookmark the link below on all your computers....when you sit down to check email or post to your blog, vote a couple times! Post a reminder to your facebook, blog, or twitter account every couple days for your friends and family; don't bother people so often that they don't pay attention to you. But INSPIRE them. Post a photo of a hero from our Photobucket album. Republish a favorite hero letter. Tell them why YOU support our heroes - and invite them to do the same with the click of a mouse!



PS Tomorrow is also election day - don't forget to do your duty as a citizen and vote in your local elections! Our nation needs you!

Mailroom Monday: November 1, 2010

This week....
 34,859 cards were mailed out...at a cost of $1,300.00! 
That's 104 boxes of love from the homefront, shipped in one week alone....on the way to make a LOT of Christmases so much merrier! (If you wondered why your shipper may not have gotten back to you about cards you mailed in - that's why!)

In celebration of this achievement, along with our 500,000th card earlier this year....check out our newest video! For those who can't view videos here on the blog, the YouTube address is:


We've now also served over 1,000 hero contacts with boxes of cards - many of them have received multiple shipments. And the comparison to last year's monthly card numbers is...well, it's rather astonishing to say the least:
  • Sept 2009: 25,956 cards
  • Sept 2010: 44,453 cards
  • Oct 2009: 25,679 cards
  • Oct 2010: 91,115 cards!
Now, as a caveat - last year the first week of November was HUGE for us, and this year the last week of October was huge; I don't quite know if we've just moved the bulk of shipping a week earlier, which would account for the crazy difference. But - if that's really what did happen, then THANK YOU for getting the cards to us early enough to ship a week sooner! That gives our heroes that much longer to write their letters and mail them home! We do have many thousands of cards yet to ship, so stay tuned to see what the full season's statistics end up totalling.

And where did this week's 34,000+ cards go? Here's the roster of units that were mailed cards in the last seven days:


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
660 cards to a Navy 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
660 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
660 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to a Navy unit
330 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
337 cards to an Air Force unit
337 cards to an Air Force unit
337 cards to an Air Force unit
337 cards to an Army unit
337 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Marines unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Air Force unit
330 cards to a mixed unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a Marine unit
345 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
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 an Army unit
680 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an National Guard unit
340 cards to an National Guard unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes in Iraq:
330 cards to a civilian contractor team
330 cards to an Army unit
660 cards to a National Guard unit
660 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit
330 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
335 cards to an Air Force unit
337 cards to an Army unit
336 cards to an Army unit
341 cards to a National Guard unit
341 cards to a Marine 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
345 cards to an Air Force unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 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 an Army unit
330 cards to an Army unit


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





To heroes in Kuwait:
660 cards to a Navy unit
337 cards to an Army unit
670 cards to an Army unit









Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2042
Number of hero contacts: 1002!
Total cards sent: 672,400


Deadline reminders:

Halloween, Thanksgiving, fall, and Christmas - passed     
November 30 - Any Hero Christmas Letters
January 7 - Valentines

Current shipper needs: see here.