Monday, January 31, 2011

Mailroom Monday: January 31, 2011

This week 14,709 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $570! All our shippers' shelves are getting really bare; after the Valentine's push, things are coming in slowly. We appreciate your efforts to keep on making cards through this chilly month!

NOTE: Tomorrow the annual review will be published - sign up for our mailing list today so you're sure to get your copy right away!


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
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 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
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Contractor unit
340 cards to an Army unit


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



To heroes at sea:
340 cards to a Navy unit


To heroes in Kuwait:
250 cards to an USO unit
340 cards to an National Guard unit
330 cards to an Civilian Contractor unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2656
Number of hero contacts: 1135
Total cards sent: 820,337


Deadline reminders:

Jan 7 - Valentines
Feb 10 - St Patricks
March 18 - Easter
March 31 - Mother's Day
April 15 - Graduation
May 21 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day
July 31 - Back to school
Sept 16 - Halloween
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving
Oct 31 - Christmas

Current shipper needs: see here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday: January 27, 2011

Many thanks to the donors of 6,504 cards in this past week! Our total for the month is 34,425 - so with a few huge days to come, we could meet the goal of 52,000 set out at the beginning of the month!

And in case you missed it - we've added more card albums to our gallery on our website! Check them out when you get stuck for ideas, and you're sure to be inspired :)
  1. Allison G, Ft Worth, TX
  2. Angie H, Cedar Rapids, IA
  3. Ann C, Bonney Lake, WA
  4. Anne M and Venture In Crafters, Show Low, AZ
  5. Betty T, Salina, KS
  6. Brenda C, Chesapeake, VA
  7. Caro H, Mint Hill, NC
  8. Carol P, Midland Park, NJ
  9. Carolyn B, Gonzales, LA
  10. Carolyn M, Kansas City, MO
  11. Charla F and friends, W. Bloomfield, MI
  12. Christine C, Bloomfield, NY
  13. Cindy E, San Jose, CA
  14. Cindy H and Lonetree Church of Christ, Parker, CO
  15. Dann M, Portland, OR
  16. Danyse K, Charlotte, NC
  17. Debbie M, Murphysboro, IL
  18. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  19. Denise W, Pueblo, CO
  20. Diane V, Norfolk, VA
  21. Dianne J, St Petersburg, FL
  22. Esther E, Vancouver, WA
  23. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  24. Ginny H, Calabash, NC
  25. Gwen S and Ladies of Hope, Cedar HIll, MO
  26. Heidi P and Bow High School, Concord, NH
  27. Helen M, Spring Creek, NV
  28. Helen R, New York, NY
  29. Jackie E, Spokane, WA
  30. Janis D, Olustee, OK
  31. Jean D, West Valley City, UT
  32. Jennifer R, Citrus Heights, CA
  33. Jerrica G, Upton, MA
  34. Jessica H and Daisy Girl Scouts at Liberty Elementary, Lexington, KY
  35. Joan F, Worchester, MA
  36. Joyce P, Ely, MN
  37. Judith H, Vineyard Haven, MA
  38. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  39. Julie C, Grand Prairie, TX
  40. Karen H, Schofield, WI
  41. Karen L, Eugene, OR
  42. Kathy P, White Lake, MI
  43. Laurie W, Evans, GA
  44. Lina W, El Paso, TX
  45. Lina W, El Paso, TX
  46. Linda L, Burleson, TX
  47. Linda W, Mesa, AZ
  48. Lindy C, Seattle, WA
  49. Lisa O, Montrose, MI
  50. Marge M, Wayne, NJ
  51. Marlene F and Wendy M, Crop Circles, Hillsboro, OR
  52. Marteena S, Hillsboro, OR
  53. Martha H, Los Angeles, CA
  54. Mary B, Portland, IN
  55. Mary Frances W, Oak Harbor, WA
  56. Maureen L, Cedar Rapids, IA
  57. Nancy N, Randolph, NJ
  58. Pam K, Phoeniz, AZ
  59. Pansy F, Garden City, KS
  60. Phyllis G, St PauL, MN
  61. Polly R and ladies at Curves, Peoria, AZ
  62. Polly R, Peoria, AZ
  63. Rhonda G and Southern Hills Christian Church Hope Group, Edmond, OK
  64. Rhonda G, Edmond, OK
  65. Roberta O, Lafayette, IN
  66. Robin M, Rockwood, ME
  67. Rosalie R, Macomb, MI
  68. Sharon N and Monroe County Ladies, Waterloo, IA
  69. Sheila S, Seattle, WA
  70. St Clare School , Portland, OR
  71. Sue K, Cannon Falls, MN
  72. Susan M and grandkids, and photographer friend, Visalia, CA
  73. Tambur M, Cyprus,
  74. Victoria L, Cullowhee, NC
  75. Virginia M, Ft Collins, CO

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

OWH gets a shout-out from CKC

In their blog post on January 21, the Creating Keepsakes blog provided their readers with a great list of ideas for all those excess supplies we all have: Organization Week: Donate Your Excess Scrapbook Supplies to Charity.

Huge thanks to CK for supporting OWH in not only great PR, but for inviting so many folks at CKCs nationwide to make cards for our heroes during their events! We periodically receive large boxes full of them - and we know our contacts just love them all :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mailroom Monday: January 24, 2011

Eeeep. No cards to report mailed this week! We do have some boxes packed after this weekend to mail out, but....we slowed down on incoming cards a lot last week. (Less than 900 came in to WA, come on west coast, I'm cheering for ya!) However, this gives me a chance to update you on a couple things.

ANNUAL REVIEW

We'll be publishing the Annual Review on February 1st, so please stay tuned!

RECEIPTS

We have now emailed out all the receipts; we had to do it over the course of days since our system limits us. But they're done! Our data transfer to the new system is showing up some hitches in our giddyup - so please see if you're in any of these categories and get us corrected info:

If you did NOT get a receipt:
That either means your email address is incorrect in our system, or you did not provide an email address or packing slip when you sent in your cards. If the latter is the case, we sometimes can get your name and address off the package itself, but sometimes that also isn't possible; please detail what quantity of cards was in your package when you mail in your information. (It's also possible something just totally goofed up in the system!)  Email info@operationwritehome.org.

If your contact info was wrong:
Some of the addresses in our system are old ones, so please get us the corrected address. We can re-send the corrected receipt. Email info@operationwritehome.org.

If you got TWO year-end receipts:
That means we have you listed twice in our system somehow. We'd like to combine your accounts in our system, and we can send a new combined receipt to you. Email info@operationwritehome.org.

If the number of cards was lower than your records:
Let us know what that number should have been; we'll try to see if there are multiple accounts for you. Sometimes if you didn't include a packing slip with the quantity listed, we ballparked a guess at the total, since our shippers often run short of time to do that part. Email info@operationwritehome.org.

If the number of cards was higher than your records:
Relax, you were more productive than you thought you were! lol. Actually, we can correct those, but we'll have plenty of other corrections to make, so if you don't need a corrected lowered receipt, use the one you have, thanks.

And while we appreciate your gratitude, don't feel the need to reply to the receipt email - I get 2 emailed copy of every receipt, so my inbox is drowning. LOL. Yeah, the system causes lots of positives but also some, uhm, interesting things! Thank you again so much for allllllll your cards last year!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pretty and inspirational

We created this Wordle from the Hero Blog.....feel free to print and hang on your craft room wall for inspiration!

Wordle: OpWrite Home

(It's small, but if you click on it, it'll take you to the Wordle site where it's larger!)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cardmaking couple makes the news in Lafayette, IN

The article is online here.

Thankful Thursday: January 20, 2011

This week we received 5,610 cards, a slow week in OWH0-land...that takes our total for January to 27,910...we're aiming for 52,000, so we're counting the rest of the month being pretty crazy at our shippers' mailboxes! :)

Stampin' and tuckin' on Martin Luther King Day - National Day of Service!
Thank you to all these wonderful donors!
  1. Allison G, Ft Worth, TX
  2. Amy E
  3. Ann H, Tulare, CA
  4. Annette S, Gansevoort, NY
  5. Cameron , Houston, TX
  6. Caro H, Mint Hill, NC
  7. Carol H, Makanda, IL
  8. Carol W, Mililani, HI
  9. Carol W, Oak Brook, IL
  10. Cecilia G, Bakersfield, CA
  11. Christ Lutheran Church , Quincy, IL
  12. Cindee N, Harrisburg, PA
  13. Cindy E and Los Gatos Elks Lodge #1857, San Jose, CA
  14. Connie O and Young Women at LDS Church, Roy, UT
  15. Darlys W, Salina, KS
  16. Debbie K, Casa Grande, AZ
  17. Debby M, Las Cruces, NM
  18. Denise W, Pueblo, CO
  19. Dorothy B, Corpus Christi, TX
  20. Dustin M and cutathome.com customers, Sandy, UT
  21. Evelyn C, Ridgecrest, CA
  22. Georgie M, Boardman, OH
  23. Gretchen H, Lincolnville, ME
  24. Jen T, Salt Lake City, UT
  25. Jennifer M, West Jordan, UT
  26. Jennifer O, Pearl City, HI
  27. Jenny C, Springfield, MO
  28. Jessica W, Pinellas Park, FL
  29. Joanie K, Avon, IN
  30. Joyce L and Green Valley Rubber Stampers15, Green Valley, AZ
  31. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  32. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  33. Karen K, Twin Lakes, WI
  34. Kathleen C, Matawan, NJ
  35. Kathy P, White Lake, MI
  36. Laura S, Charlotte, NC
  37. Lily H, Pittsburgh, PA
  38. Lina W, El Paso, TX
  39. Linda P, Dewey, OK
  40. Lisa O, Montrose, MI
  41. Lori R, Springfield, VA
  42. Lynn L, Blaine, MN
  43. Madonna H, Springfield, VA
  44. Michele R, Clearwater, FL
  45. Nancy M, Saginaw, MI
  46. Nanette B, Colorado Springs, CO
  47. Pat K, West Richland, WA
  48. Patricia F and SCAAC Club Rubber Stamping Group, Henderson, NV
  49. Polly R, Peoria, AZ
  50. Randa M, Columbia, SC
  51. Roberta F, La Grange, IL
  52. Robin and Stephanie G, New York, NY
  53. Robin P, Melbourne,, FL
  54. Sandy N, Eugene, OR
  55. Seongsook D, Sacramento, CA
  56. Sharon B, Cahokia, IL
  57. Stacy S, Klamath Falls, OR
  58. Steffani L, Wilmington, NC
  59. Sue K, St Louis, MO
  60. Sue W, Hinckley, OH
  61. Sunnie L, Winsted, CT
  62. Susan R, McKinney, TX
  63. Tammy F, Westerville, OH
  64. Tammy S, Lake Orion, MI
  65. Theresa D, Kent, WA
  66. Therese D, Lewiston, ME
  67. West Star Construction , Spokane, WA

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Custom Rubber Stamps

By popular demand...we've got a great partnership to announce to you today!

For some time now, we've had our small rubberstamps with Operation Write Home® on them made by a great company in Florida, Picture My Stamp (Rubber Stamp Manufacturing Services) - and the company owner, Susan Janicki, is thrilled to be working alongside us in a deeper partnership on her other site, StampersBest.com  (Deep Etch Rubber Stamps and Cling Cushion Mounting Foam). "It is so exciting to be helping with Operation Write Home," said Susan. "I look forward to assisting OWH cardmakers in their efforts of making life more pleasant for our military heroes and their families."

Now available at Stampers Best: three designs are available with the OWH logo - and YOUR name - in real live deep etched red rubber! Many of you have wished you had a custom stamp to use with other inks - so you can stamp on different colors and papers with the appropriate inks. Delivery time on these will be a few weeks since they'll wait for a few orders to gang up together, but the stamps will be worth the wait! These cost $12 each and come with options - add a few dollars for cling mount, or a block, or a duplicate stamp in case you lose one :)  They're available now for purchase at StampersBest.com. Be sure to leave them a big 'thank you' when you place your order! And read on below to hear more of Susan's heart for our heroes.






When asked what the company's motivation is for helping OWH stampers in our work, Susan said, "My family is grateful for the sacrifices and protections of the US military. I am the daughter of Polish immigrants who fled communist persecution for democracy. Being born and raised in the USA has provided me the freedom and security to pursue my life's dreams. I strongly believe that our armed forces keep my family and our country safe, and allows global markets to remain open for all to prosper."

She continued, "I started my rubber stamp business in '03 while working my day job as a police dispatcher for the county sheriff's office. I pursued both endeavors until my company flourished enough to allow me to work at it full time. Eight years later, my business continues to grow steadily by servicing customers worldwide. I am proud to say that I own a US-based manufacturing company that employs production staff, graphic designers and artists."

Susan has graciously offered to continue supplying us with the freebie stamps we've been giving away, in order to help us to help YOU help your shipper. We want you to be able to stamp the backs of your cards, so our shippers can focus on shipping and not triage! :) We are thrilled to be working with Susan and her team to keep this option for a free (non-custom) stamp available!

"The amazing power of the internet enables me to meet a lot of new people," said Susan, "and I am inspired by all who share the American entrepreneurial spirit. I know that part of my good fortune and prosperity is directly attributed to the brave men and women serving our country in the military and those who support them."

We're also working on another exciting idea with Susan that we'll launch soon, so stay tuned!

On today's tutorial on the Stars and Stamps blog, you'll see how you can add cling foam to your own stamp - you may wish to order some while you're ordering your custom rubberstamp!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ooops!

Didja ever get a sign that you're moving just too fast?
The calendar (the single page version) that was posted here had an oops in it - the proper pdf is now posted at the same link, or you can get it by clicking on the image above. Thanks, Esther, for finding the goofup! It also reminded me to post it on the website - if you need to find either version of the calendar again, simply go to the Deadlines page :)

Mailroom Monday: January 17, 2011

This week 19,516 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $740.15!   


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a National Guard unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to a contractor unit
345 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a contractor unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Navy unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Marine unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
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 Air Force unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Civilian Contractor unit
334 cards to an Air Force unit
358 cards to a Red Cross unit



To heroes in Iraq:
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a National Guard unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a Air Force unit
355 cards to an Other unit
345 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a contractor unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Navy unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a Marine unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to an Marines unit
334 cards to an Air Force unit
334 cards to an Army unit
334 cards to a contractor unit
334 cards to an Air Force unit




To heroes in Qatar:
340 cards to an Air Force unit
334 cards to a mixed unit


To heroes in Kuwait:
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Navy unit
358 cards to an American Red Cross unit
334 cards to an Army unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,612
Number of hero contacts: 1,128
Total cards sent: 804,637


Deadline reminders:

Jan 7 - Valentines PASSED
Feb 10 - St Patricks
Feb 28 - Spring Thaw Challenge
March 18 - Easter
March 31 - Mother's Day
April 15 - Graduation
May 21 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day
July 31 - Back to school
Sept 16 - Halloween
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving
Oct 31 - Christmas

Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wondering about your receipts?

Many of you are working on your taxes right now - and we're working on getting the receipts for your 2010 donations emailed out, starting this week!

We've got a whole new system, so we have to do the mass email in a particular way: we're only allowed 250 receipt emails per day (so your computers and ours don't think we're spambots!)....so starting later this week, after our board meeting, we'll be sending out 250 each day.

You'll receive a summary of all of 2010 in one email - your cards and AnyHero letters as one number, and total financial donations.

It's up to you to work with your tax advisor as to what and how to deduct the value of the cards from your taxes. (The value is not up to OWH, either, we just provide you with the quantity.)

Note that if you have not provided us with an email address, or your email has changed, you may not be receiving an email receipt. We'll post a notice here once the receipts have all gone out - if you don't get anything by then, you'll be able to email us with a corrected address and we'll get that done for you quickly too!

This afternoon, those who have sent cards in January 2011 are getting receipt emails for donations so far this year; once those are caught up, you will be receiving an emailed receipt, rather than the email from your shipper notifying you of your package's arrival. It'll save us so much time to both provide your receipt AND let you know your cards are here, all in one email!

Thanks for your patience with our new system!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ready...set....party!

We've got some more things going live this weekend on our website, and wanted to be sure you know about them!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Like us!



  • Like us! Many of you already do on Facebook...you're our wonderful fan page fans!
  • Like us! Once you're on Facebook, click that "like" button for the things you like. The way Facebook works, they recommend sites to people who are interested in that topic; the more popular our posts are, and the more interaction (photos and chatter) you post on our page, the more Facebook recommends us to others who also post about cardmaking - for free!
  • Like us! We've added "Like" buttons to our blogs, and will soon be adding them to our site as well...click "Like" on those too! Leave comments as well....the more likes and comments we have, the higher we appear on Google's page when someone searches for anything about cards and cardmaking. After you click like, you can leave a comment - that'll post it on your fb WITH a comment from you!
So....do you like OWH? *grin*

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday: January 13, 2011

14,963 cards were received this week - WOW! Stunning numbers...thank you for making sure all our heroes got boxes for Valentines Day! The hero mail is an awesome thing too - keep it coming! Kris is particularly short on it - so if you have a pack of AnyHero mail only ready to go and can redirect to her, that'd be super!

  1. Albertine L, Lafayette, LA
  2. Allison G, Ft Worth, TX
  3. Allyson G, Fort Worth, TX
  4. Anita A, Turlock, CA
  5. Ann D, Minneapolis, MN
  6. Ann W, Magalia, CA
  7. Audra H, Richmond, TX
  8. Barb J, Kent, WA
  9. Barb L, Fairfax, MO
  10. Barbara B, Amsterdam, NY
  11. Barbara M, Bellflower, CA
  12. Becky F, N Highlands, CA
  13. Bev R, Brooklyn Center, MN
  14. Bev T and Tavern Scrappers, Burgess, VA
  15. Bonnie M and Family Court of St Louis County, Clayton, MO
  16. Cara S, Phoenix, AZ
  17. Carol O, Phoenix, AZ
  18. Carolyn C, Wayzata, MN
  19. Cathie C, Webster, NY
  20. Cathy W, Elbert, CO
  21. Charlsie S, Napa, CA
  22. Chris F, Monument, CO
  23. Chris M, Newport, WA
  24. Christine F, Leominster, MA
  25. Cindy E, El Cajon, CA
  26. Cindy K and Scrapdragons, Indianpolis, IN
  27. Clearfield Aquatic Center , Clearfield, UT
  28. Dana M, Blythewood, SC
  29. Dawn C and Orange County Dept of Education, Costa Mesa, CA
  30. Dawn L, Ocala, FL
  31. Debbie G, Versailles, OH
  32. Debbie T, Post Falls, ID
  33. Debby B and Girl Scouts, Vienna, VA
  34. Deborah D and Gymnastics Divine Inc, Dixon, IL
  35. Denise B and Stamp Club, Cape May, Cape May Court House, NJ
  36. Denise L, Arroyo Grande, CA
  37. Donna S and Lake Church of Christ, Painesville, OH
  38. Dorothy M, Burbank, CA
  39. Elaine H, Keene, NH
  40. Ellyn Y, Mobile, AL
  41. Emily F and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Eldorado Ward, Scottsdale, AZ
  42. Emily W, Redwood Valley, CA
  43. Erin H, Auburn, WA
  44. Faye F, Fargo, ND
  45. Gai J, Dallas, TX
  46. Harriet L, Vista, CA
  47. Heather D, Albany, NY
  48. Helen M, Ocean Park, WA
  49. Helen M, Spring Creek, NV
  50. Hollie H, Lisbon, ND
  51. Ina L, Bakersfield, CA
  52. Jan R, Akron, OH
  53. Jane B, Allentown, PA
  54. Jane H, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  55. Janelle K, Aberdeen, SD
  56. Janet L, Stayton, OR
  57. Janet M, Biddeford, ME
  58. Jayne R, Fortson, GA
  59. Jean D, West Valley City, UT
  60. Jeanine D, Cleveland, TN
  61. Jenifer B, East Alton, IL
  62. Jennifer M, Marshfield, WI
  63. Jennifer M, Romeoville, IL
  64. Jill F, Bloomington, CA
  65. Joan J, Lodi, CA
  66. Joan L, St Maries, ID
  67. Joan T, Adkins, TX
  68. Joanne T, Bellevue, WA
  69. Jodi E, Mesquite, NV
  70. Joy B, Matthews, NC
  71. Joy S, Columbia, MO
  72. Juanita W, Plant City, FL
  73. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  74. Judy B, Cleburne, TX 
  75. Judy K, Orfordville, WI
  76. Judy S, Macysville, MI
  77. Julie F, Shreveport, LA
  78. Julie O and Treasured Memories Card Crafters, Reno, NV
  79. Julie R and Verizon, Bedford, TX
  80. June H, Colchester, VT
  81. Karen T, Paradise, CA
  82. Karrie O, Palmdale, CA
  83. Karyl Ann B, Longmont, CO
  84. Kathi C, Hockessin, DE
  85. Kathie J and Lynn, Cathy, Cindy, Lindsay, Cindy, Anita, and Kathie, Kennesaw, GA
  86. Kathleen S, Visalia, CA
  87. Kathryn M, Penacook, NH
  88. Kathy C, Ilion, NY
  89. Kathy S, Reedley, CA
  90. Katlyn T, Whitewater, WI
  91. Kelli W, St Paul, MN
  92. Kelly B and Stampfield Stars, Apple Valley, MN
  93. Kiely B, Longmont, CO
  94. Kim C, Ft Worth, tX
  95. Kim P, Lakewood, OH
  96. Kirstie H, Black Diamond, WA
  97. Kris H, Santa Clarita, Ca
  98. Kristina S, Dorcas, WV
  99. Laura J, Newfoundland, PA
  100. Leslie F, Clinton, UT
  101. Lianna V, Huntington Beach, CA
  102. Liesbeth V and Country Lane Crafters, San Jose, CA
  103. Linda B and Fran M, Mad Hatters of the Historic Village of Old Bridge, East Brunswick, NJ
  104. Linda L, Martinez, GA
  105. Linda M and St Pauls UMC Christcare, Idaho Falls, ID
  106. Lindy C, Seattle, WA
  107. Liz L, Phoenix, AZ
  108. Lori B, Chandler, AZ
  109. Lori B, Milwaukee, WI
  110. Lori B, Verona, WI
  111. Lori N and Capital City Christian Church, Jefferson City, MO
  112. Lyneen J and Rubber Soul, Bremerton, WA
  113. Madeline D, Scottsdale, AZ
  114. Mandy M, Christiana, TN
  115. Mari K, Boardman, OH
  116. Marian C, North Attleboro, MA
  117. Marian J, Huber Heights, OIH
  118. Marie M, Maitland, FL
  119. Marjorie E, Brentwood, CA
  120. Marlyn M, Fox Lake, WI
  121. Marsha D, Everson, WA
  122. Mary A, Port Arkansas, TX
  123. Mary E, San Rafael, CA
  124. Mary I, Bothell, WA
  125. Mary J, Lake Orion, MI
  126. Mary M, Flushing, NY
  127. Mary S, Taunton, MN
  128. Melissa B, Montreal, Quebec
  129. Melissa S, Allen, TX
  130. Melissa W and HyVee Weitz Construction, Des Moines, IA
  131. Mindy D, Sussex, NJ
  132. Missy O, Florissant, MO
  133. Monica P, Alamogordo, NM
  134. Nancy J, Lodi, CA
  135. Nancy T, Hoover, AL
  136. Nancy Y and Janice J and friends, Campbell, CA
  137. Nanette B and Pikes Peak Sunday Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  138. Nicole S, Oakland, ME
  139. Nicolette S, San Leandro, CA
  140. Nina S, Dayton, OH
  141. Pamela L, Mineral Bluff, GA
  142. Pat C and Vicki C, Olive Branch, MS
  143. Pat J, Woodinville, WA
  144. Pat Q, Bethel Park, PA
  145. Patricia L, Lakewood, OH
  146. Patricia W, Philadelphia, PA
  147. Patti S and Greetings in the Name of Christ card ministry, Mayfield Heights, OH
  148. Patti S, St Louis, MO
  149. Paula P, Rathdrum, ID
  150. Polly P, St Paul, MN
  151. Rachel S, Dayton, OH
  152. Rebecca M and Buzzybee Cricut Swarm, Port Orchard, WA
  153. Renee H, Andover, MN
  154. Reva P, Ogden, UT
  155. Roberta O, Lafayette, IN
  156. Rosie H and Rosie's Art Carnival, Florence, OR
  157. Samantha E, Fort Lewis, WA
  158. Sandra W, Las Vegas, NV
  159. Sara A and friends LaVonne K and Teri A, Iowa City, IA
  160. Seongsook D, Sacramento, CA
  161. Sharon H, Berryton, KS
  162. Sharon S, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  163. Sheila G, Puyallup, WA
  164. Shelly R, Nutter Fort, WV
  165. SherRee W and Wingdoodle, Warner, NH
  166. Sherry H, Arlington, VA
  167. Stefanie P, Staunton, VA
  168. Stephanie W and family, Johnston City, IL
  169. Sue A, Rockford, IL
  170. Sue S, Papillion, NE
  171. Susan F, Smithsburg, MD
  172. Susan L and children at American Baptist East, Evansville, IN
  173. Susan S, Grove City, OH 
  174. Susan S, Santa Ana, CA
  175. Susan T, Cypress, TX
  176. Susan T, Lancaster, PA
  177. Susan W, McKinney, TX
  178. Susie H, Sparks, NV
  179. Tami M, South Beloit, IL
  180. Tammy C, Melrose Park, IL
  181. Terri R, Vernon Hills, IL
  182. Terry K, Twinsburg, OH
  183. Teza H, Grants Pass, OR
  184. Tracy C, Allentown, PA
  185. Trae F, Celina, TX
  186. Trish C, Spring Valley, MN
  187. Trisha H, Punta Gorda, FL
  188. Velda S, Mesquite, NV
  189. Verizon Y, Folsom, CA
  190. Vici T, Plano, TX
  191. Vickii P, New Baden, IL
  192. Virginia B, La Mirada, CA
  193. Yolanda R, Pasadena, CA

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Revamped packing slip

We just updated the packing slip, and we really really really really hope you download this, and replace the one you had before!


One of the added features on this will really help us out - we're trying to keep up with our database, and if your snail mail or email address has changed, we want you to check the little box.

Thanks for completely filling out the form for us....it keeps us from having to set your box aside to count cards, or googling the postmark to see if we can guess who it was.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mailroom Monday: January 10, 2011

This week 8,925 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $335.80!

We're so grateful to everyone for coming through with cards at the last minute - we had some concerns about whether or not we'd have cards for all our units, but it appears we will - hooah!!

Please be sure to check out the note on yesterday's post about spring cards so we can keep the boxes going out through the spring seasons!

Without futher ado, here's the list of locations our boxes were sent out to in this first week of 2011!



To  heroes in Afghanistan:
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
345 cards to a Navy unit
345 cards to a Navy unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit


To heroes in Iraq:
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Civilian Contractor unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit




To heroes in Kuwait:
345 cards to a Navy unit







Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,555
Number of hero contacts: 1,111
Total cards sent: 785,121


Deadline reminders:

Jan 7 - PASSED
Feb 10 - St Patricks (read special note!)
March 18 - Easter
March 31 - Mother's Day
April 15 - Graduation
May 21 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day
July 31 - Back to school
Sept 16 - Halloween
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving
Oct 31 - Christmas

Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Important note about spring holidays!

Now that we're past the Valentines - we need to turn our brains toward the next seasons! Two very important reminders:

  1. If you're making a lot of cards for any season, remember to get your cards in TWO WEEKS BEFORE these posted deadlines; sending a couple hundred cards right at the deadline really makes it nearly impossible to get your cards mixed in the last couple boxes!
  2. Making "general" cards that can also be used for a holiday are the MOST useful to our heroes. We got lots of "love" cards as well as ones that specifically said "Happy Valentines Day" --- that helps a lot when we don't know how many heroes will be sharing a box.....they can use the general love cards, but don't have to write them all out before V-Day. So - "Lucky to have you" and "Some bunny loves you" are great sentiments for spring!

St Patricks - due Feb 10
Though we do send out St Patty's Day cards, we send a lot less than we do for Valentines and Christmas - we've never gotten one request for St Pat's cards, and we've gotten some surprised comments like, "Wow you even send St Pattys cards!" So - the need is NOT as big for these as for other holidays.

You may still make St Patty's cards, but if you would have to go buy new stuff to make them, we'd love to save you the expense and ask for you to focus on our general cards - thinking of you, birthday, missing you, love, thanks, and no-sentiment. We need LOTS of these, and your help in getting those for us would be awesome!
ADDITIONAL NOTE: It's hard to avoid with St Patricks Day cards, but do NOT send cards with alcohol references. These cards are being sent to contexts where local laws do not allow drinking, and though these cards are in the hands of Americans, we do not wish to offend any of the locals they work with - nor encourage our own heroes thinking about things they can't have while deployed.

Easter - due March 18
Bunnies and chicks, as well as religious cards are welcome. You can also make "spring" sentiments for those who don't celebrate Easter!

Mother's Day - due March 31
It's not too early to start thinking about Mom and Dad cards! Consider sending in a half dozen of these while sending in your other spring cards, just to get our stash built up for the first Moms Day boxes! Also - if you can separate your cards out so that the ones that say "Happy Mother's Day" are separate from the ones that say "Love you Mom", that helps us be able to get the Mother's Day cards targeted to mail first, and fill in with the general ones!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Inspiration today over on S&S!

Just wanted to be sure you check the Stars and Stamps blog today - we've got a special treat for you from GinaK!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday: January 6, 2011

Welcome to our first Thankful Thursday report of 2011!! A little someone is grateful to be back to "normal" after some slow months...this week our shippers received and processed 8502 cards! Many thanks to all these wonderful donors of cards and funds this week:

  1. Alex L, Boise ID
  2. Alicia B, Wake Forest NC
  3. Alison H, Littleton CO
  4. Anita D, Tacoma WA
  5. Anne N, Franklin Park IL
  6. Barb J, Moscow ID
  7. Barbara R, Big Bear Lake CA
  8. Betty J, Homosassa FL
  9. Bobbi A, Dayton OH
  10. Brenda C, Chesapeake VA
  11. Brenda F, San Antonio TX
  12. Brenda P, Ball Ground GA
  13. Carla M, Mineral Bluff GA
  14. Carmen Z, Northville MI
  15. Caro H, Mint Hill NC
  16. Carol P, Prairie Village KS
  17. Carole S, The Woodlands TX
  18. Cathie G, Fresno CA
  19. Cheryl B, Manchester NH
  20. Christine B, LeRoy NY
  21. Christine W, Lake Placid FL
  22. Christine Z and RALYA Elementary School children, White Lake MI
  23. Daria Z, Middleton WI
  24. Dee M, Puyallup WA
  25. Denise E, Versailles OH
  26. Denise I, Williamsville NY
  27. Diorizella M, Gurabo PR
  28. Dixie C, Charlotte NC
  29. Dolores A, Frederick MD
  30. Donna B, Hollidaysburg PA
  31. Donna W, Bedford IN
  32. Ellen H, Vancouver WA
  33. Ellen P, Vernon Hills IL
  34. Elmhurst Women's Chorus, Elmhurst IL
  35. Evelyn C, Ridgecrest CA
  36. Frances S, Silverdale WA
  37. Gail S, Elgin IL
  38. Gail S, Sacramento CA
  39. Glenda F, Renton WA
  40. Heather G, San Clemente CA
  41. Helen S, San Diego CA
  42. Holley T and Midcounty Croppers, Orange TX
  43. Holly P and InkPaperStamps.com blog warming festivities, Plano TX
  44. Janice A, Bountiful UT
  45. Jann L, Milwaukee WI
  46. Jean B, Meadville PA
  47. Jean D, West Valley City UT
  48. Jean M and Lasting Memories Carders, Mission TX
  49. Jennifer R, Citrus Heights CA
  50. Jill B, Hamburg PA
  51. Joanie K, Avon IN
  52. Joanne W and Sun City Carolina Lakes, Fort Mill SC
  53. Joyce G, Concord CA
  54. Judith M, Hudson IA
  55. Judy A, Upland CA
  56. Julie R, Greenacres FL
  57. Julie S, Edmonds WA
  58. Karen A, Staten Island NY
  59. Karen S, Huntington Beach CA
  60. Karen Y, Vancouver WA
  61. Katherine D, Clarkesville GA
  62. Kathy W, Laurel MD
  63. Kay C, Minnetonka MN
  64. Kristen C, Minneapolis MN
  65. Kristie M, Puyallup Wa
  66. Laura O, Cottontown TN
  67. Laurel K, Grand Rapids MI
  68. Leslie T, Willoughby Hills OH
  69. Lisa E, Taylorsville NC
  70. Lynn F, Cary NC
  71. Madonna H, Springfield VA
  72. Mardee S, San Francisco CA
  73. Marian J, Huber Heights OIH
  74. Marie G, Rochester NY
  75. Marietta W, Akron IA
  76. Maureen L and friends, Cedar Rapids IA
  77. Melanie G and Scrap N Fanatics, Pocatello ID
  78. Melinda F, Flagstaff AZ
  79. Melissa C, Avon Lake OH
  80. Meredith T, Zephyrhills FL
  81. Michelle C, Laguna Woods CA
  82. Monica Z and children, Santa Monica CA
  83. Nancy T, Katy TX
  84. Nancy Y, Campbell CA
  85. Nicole B, Richfield UT
  86. Pam M and Sunset Covenant Church, Portland OR
  87. Pat C and grandkids, Shalimar FL
  88. Patricia F, Hixson TN
  89. Paula S, Stamford CT
  90. Rita K and Kingsport Evening Civitan Club, Kingsport TN
  91. Robin and Steph G, New York NY
  92. Robin H, Onalaska WI
  93. Robyne B, Lees Summit MO
  94. Rosalie R, Macomb MI
  95. Rosemary D, Tacoma WA
  96. Rosey R, Astoria NY
  97. Ruth Ann G, Gilbert AZ
  98. Sandra G, Hillsboro OR
  99. Sarah L and Miriam Circle at NE United Methodist Church, Minneapolis MN
  100. Shelly R, Boca Raton FL
  101. Shirley F, Defiance MO
  102. Shirley G, Carbondale IL
  103. Sue K, Cannon Falls MN
  104. Susan A, Ridgewood NY
  105. Suzanne B, Myrtle Beach SC
  106. Teresa K, Vancouver WA
  107. Tricia T, Whitewater WI
  108. Trista C, Beaverton OR
  109. Virginia B, Lindenwold NJ
  110. Yolanda D, Warrenton MO

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mailroom Monday: January 3, 2011

This week 15,205 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $548.20!   What a way to send off 2010!!!

Have you seen the new website yet?  Go go go, quick like a bunny! http://operationwritehome.org




To  heroes in Afghanistan:
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
341 cards to an Army unit
346 cards to an National Guard unit
346 cards to an Army unit
346 cards to an Army unit
346 cards to a Marine unit
346 cards to an Army unit
242 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit


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



To heroes at sea:
350 cards to a Navy unit


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



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


Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 2,529
Number of hero contacts: 1,109
Total cards sent:  776,061


Deadline reminders:

Jan 7 - Valentines - that's this Friday! Hurry!
Feb 10 - St Patricks
March 18 - Easter
March 31 - Mother's Day
April 15 - Graduation
May 21 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day
July 31 - Back to school
Sept 16 - Halloween
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving
Oct 31 - Christmas

Current shipper needs: see here.