Monday, October 31, 2011

Mailroom Monday: October 31, 2011

Creative new "storage area" needed!
This week 22,242 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $828.80! This coming week is the big push to get even more to the post office...be patient with your shippers, they're busy!

Today's the Christmas card deadline! We welcome your general winter cards...thanks! Plus - you can use any leftover ones that say "Merry Christmas" as AnyHero mail; we're still gathering that through the end of November.


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
355 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to a Civilian unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a Marine unit
355 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
670 cards to a Marine unit
670 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to n Air Force unit
670 cards to a USO unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a USO unit
335 cards to a USO unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to a Civilian unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
1067 cards to a National Guard unit

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









To heroes in Korea:
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit


To heroes in Japan:

350 cards to a Marine unit




To heroes in Kuwait:

355 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to a National Guard unit
355 cards to a National Guard unit
355 cards to a National Guard unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
670 cards to a USO unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit







Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 4,171
Number of hero contacts: 1,518
Total cards sent: 1,302,157



Deadline reminders:  Calendar is here
Sept 16 - Halloween - PASSED
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving PASSED
Oct 31 - Christmas TODAY!
Dec 1 - AnyHero letters for Christmas
Dec 31 - Valentines


Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spring holiday notes 2012

A few special notes regarding holiday cards:
  1. With the reductions in overseas deployments, we need fewer cards. (We still need a lot, but much less than before.) Therefore please take your time, and focus on quality over quantity. We get a lot of cards tossed together as multiples - speed is no longer an issue, so we can take time to play and really get creative now! 
  2. If you're making a lot of cards for any season, multiples OR just a large number, remember to get your cards in TWO WEEKS BEFORE any 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! 
  3. Make "general" cards that can also be used for a holiday - those are the MOST useful to our heroes. Love cards during Valentines season, spring flowers at Eastertime, snowmen at Christmas. No sentiment gives the card a longer shelflife and makes it more flexible for our heroes' use.
Valentines - due Dec 31, 2011
This is the 2nd most popular card to send...so let's get lots into the hands of our heroes! It's especially helpful to have LOVE cards - that don't say "Happy Valentines Day" - then if our heroes don't use them before the holiday, they can send them anytime. Please note your VALENTINES separately from your LOVE cards - that helps our shipper sort them into the right piles without opening every card to see what the inner sentiment might say.

St Patricks - due Feb 1
Though we do send out a few St Patty's Day cards - we've never gotten one request for St Pat's cards, and we've gotten some surprised comments like, "Wow you even send St Patty's cards!" Please limit quantities to no more than 50. NO references to alcohol due to the local cultures these cards will be sent to.

Easter - due Feb 15
Bunnies and chicks, as well as religious cards are welcome! Please separate "spring" from "Easter" in your packages, as we want to be certain anything for Easter specifically gets mailed in time.

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!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mailroom Monday: October 24, 2011

This week 19,792 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $749.10!

Be sure to read yesterday's note here.





To  heroes in Afghanistan:
670 cards to a USO unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
358 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
358 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a Marine unit
182 cards to an Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a Marine unit
358 cards to a USO unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Navy unit
335 cards to an Civilian unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Civilian unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Air Force unit
352 cards to an Army unit
352 cards to an Air Force unit
352 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an National Guard unit
355 cards to a Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
358 cards to a Marine unit

To heroes in Iraq:
335 cards to an Army unit


To heroes at sea:
355 cards to a Navy unit


To heroes in Qatar:
355 cards to an Army unit

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

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


To heroes in Kuwait:
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Army unit
352 cards to an Army unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 4,110
Number of hero contacts: 1,507
Total cards sent: 1,279,580



Deadline reminders:  Calendar is here
Sept 16 - Halloween - PASSED
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving PASSED
Oct 31 - Christmas NEARING!
Dec 1 - AnyHero letters for Christmas


Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Iraq deployments end; what does that mean for OWH?

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With the announcement from President Obama about our heroes coming home from deployments, my email inbox has exploded with questions - so I thought I should get a note out to everyone!

The facts:

  1. Our heroes in Iraq are coming home; they are NOT being rerouted to Afghanistan as far as I know. Our contacts are sending us the "I'm coming home!" letters - and we believe them 100%! Yeah!
  2. Our heroes in Afghanistan are STILL fighting, and more replacements go over there all the time.
  3. News headlines don't give full information in the few words they use, so read the entire articles you see.
  4. Heroes around the world also still receive cards - Kuwait, Japan, Kosovo, and many many other locations.
  5. OWH plans to continue supporting them til they all come home.

Some questions being asked:

"Are you still collecting cards?"
Yes, we are still collecting and sending your beautiful handmade cards! If you check our Mailroom Monday reports, you'll see we still send MANY boxes every week; our roster of contacts has nearly 200 units who get a box every 5-6 weeks. It's not as many as we had during Christmas season last year, but it's still a lot! (We may still get a sudden influx of requests...we're bracing for it!)

"With fewer heroes to serve, how many cards should I send now?"
Many of you have taken on the OWH mission with a passion, challenging yourself to fill a giant box monthly. While we don't want to limit what you give, we'd like to encourage everyone to dial it down just a notch. Some suggested changes:

  • Consider reducing the size of the package. Go for a medium box; if you usually send a medium, consider a flat rate envelope.
  • With reduced quantities of cards you have to make, you can also now use that extra shipping money to buy some way cool stamps to use on your cards, treat yourself to a sheet of that delicious 12x12 you've been eyeing, or splurge on a pack of quality, heavy cardstock for your bases! I know a lot of you have wanted some Copics - this might be your opportunity to save up for a set!
  • Instead of setting a "number" goal for your self - set a time goal. Decide what's feasible - crafting for 4 hours a week for our heroes, or 12 hours a month....then whatever you get done in that time is just fine, and you don't worry about not "meeting" a number goal.
  • Try out some fancy folds, new ink techniques, or other things you may have put off in exchange for trying to fill a box quickly. There are so many great challenge blogs - slowing down to think about what you're making could make your cards superfantabulous!

"Can I still make a lot of multiples of one card?"
No. It's going to get harder and harder to mix boxes appropriately when you send multiples - so we'd like you to limit them to no more than 30 unless you get special permission from your shipper. NOTE: "Multiples" includes really similar but not identical ones - changing the card base, patterned paper, or sentiment doesn't make it different, they still "look" the same to an untrained eye. We only put one or two of any same-looking card in any box, so help us get a better mix by varying your cards more. Don't worry, you have time to spend designing those cards now! :) *If you already have completed large amounts of multiples, it's ok to send them; just please don't do more new ones, thanks!

"I'm having a cardmaking party. Should I cancel it?"
No, not at all. We still need cards! But please relay to your attendees that a high quantity goal should be replaced by a quality goal. Consider a prize for the fanciest card, most perfect stamping, or increase the complexity of your kits to allow people to take more time and pour more love into the cards they make. Parties sometimes draw noncardmaking people who want to make a REALLY simple card and do a lot of them - and we want to avoid the lack of quality that goes with that "quantity" attitude. If you need supersimple/fast cards, then have attendees write notes in their cards as they make them.

"What happens if our heroes come home from Afghanistan too?"
We'll continue to serve anyone deployed - America always has heroes keeping the peace around the globe. As any changes come up, we'll update you as to our needs. Watch our blogs and Facebook as well as these semimonthly emails.

"Do you need different kinds of cards now?"
The more flexible cards we receive, the better. That's been true for a long time; anything that requires a specific occasion (a holiday, retirement, get well, baby, etc type theme) has a limited use. For example, instead of sending valentines, you can make beautiful love-themed cards, those will have a shelf life longer than a specific valentine theme...so if we end up with more than our heroes need for the holiday, they can use them any time of year. (Valentines are also welcome, but perhaps try to make your set of cards half for the holiday and half general.)

"Do we need to make Welcome Home cards?"
You can make some and keep an eye on your local paper - if you have a returning unit in your area, they'd love your Welcome Home messages! OWH however does NOT do this; we often have no idea what happens to our returning contacts - they just say they're on the way home and that's all we hear.
Holiday cards

A quick reminder: cards for Christmas, Hannukah, and New Years are due October 31. If you're still working and can adapt the remainder of your cards to be general winter cards, that would be a help; those can last longer, so if we get late requests for cards after our Christmas box shipping is over, we can send boxes full of winter cards that could be used for the holidays. Thank you!

PS: Friend-of-OWH Jennifer McGuire is hosting a card drive - if you have extra Christmas cards and want to write a note in them to encourage others, Jennifer's asking for "AnyHero cards" for the elderly! Click here for details.

Friday, October 21, 2011

We've taken all the nice out of the internet!

Here are your two-things-and-a-rant for the weekend!



Never seen the "welcome" page on our site? Could be because Sandy hasn't been updating like she hoped. But now you can get to it using the tab on the very far left on the website:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday: October 20, 2011

Many thanks to alllll of you who are keeping our shippers so busy at this time of year - that all means MANY happy heroes and families....God bless you!

  1. Alice P, Tucson, AZ
  2. Angela W, Dover, OH
  3. Ann M and Sandi F, Hutchinson, MN
  4. Barb H, Milton, WI
  5. Barbara L, Mission Viejo, CA
  6. Barbara S, Sumter, SC
  7. Becky L, Bethlehem, PA
  8. Bertie G, LuVerne, IA
  9. Beth G and Tome School Key Club, North East, MD
  10. Candy H, Portland, OR
  11. Carol L, Gilbertsville, PA
  12. Caroline S and Axtell Women's Club, Axtell, NE
  13. Carolyn F, Rio Vista, TX
  14. Cathie C, Clearlake Oaks, CA
  15. Cathy D, Louisville, CO
  16. Charles E, Eastpointe, MI
  17. Cheryl B and Women's Ministry at First Church of the Nazarene, Newton, KS
  18. Christina S and and Crew, Coon Rapids, MN
  19. Cindee N, Harrisburg, PA
  20. Cindy B, Marblehead, MA
  21. Cindy F, Scottsdale, AZ
  22. Cindy M, Normal, IL
  23. Cindy M, Pewaukee, WI
  24. Cindy O, Alameda, CA
  25. Connie C, Stockton, CA
  26. D&K H, Granite City, IL
  27. Dana M and Stampalicious, Blythewood, SC
  28. Danyse K, Charlotte, NC
  29. Darla B, Blaine, MN
  30. Dawn M, Charlotte, NC
  31. Dawne P, Cave Creek, AZ
  32. Deb L, Lismore, MN
  33. Debbie B, Kingwood, TX
  34. Debbie D, Oregon City, OR
  35. Debbie S, Crestwood, IL
  36. Debra K, Burke, VA
  37. Debra W and Rubberifics Rubber Stamp Club, Charleston, WV
  38. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  39. Denise W, Pueblo, CO
  40. Diana D, San Lorenzo, CA
  41. Diane S, Morrisville, NC
  42. Diane T, Nashua, NH
  43. Donna C and Royal Card Makers, Leesburg, FL
  44. Donna C, Port Washington, NY
  45. Donna K, Philadelphia, PA
  46. Donna M, Gun Barrel City, TX
  47. Donna S and The Door Christian Fellowship, Tucson, AZ
  48. East Woods Presbyterian Church , Vancouver, WA
  49. Eileen M, Chama, NM
  50. Elaine L, Lakewood, NY
  51. Elizabeth B, Westerville, OH
  52. Elizabeth M, Salem, Or
  53. Elizabeth R, Greenbelt, MD
  54. Ellen M, Alden, NY
  55. Emily W, Redwood Valley, CA
  56. Esther E and East Woods Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, WA
  57. Florence M, Lancaster, PA
  58. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  59. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  60. Gail S, Deport, TX
  61. Gayle B, Grants Pass, OR
  62. Ginny H, Hamlin, NY
  63. Glenda M, Farmington, NM
  64. Griselda R, Gwaynabo, PR
  65. Gwen S, Cedar HIll, MO
  66. Heidi D, Nampa, ID
  67. Helen L and Rivermont Ave. Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
  68. Helen M, Spring Creek, NV
  69. Holly T, Muskegon, MI
  70. Ina Lea P, Bakersfield, CA
  71. Jacqy W, Dardenne Prairie, MO
  72. Jan R, Akron, OH
  73. Jane C, Valdosta, GA
  74. Jane R, Phoenix, AZ
  75. Jane R, Phoenix, AZ
  76. Jane U, , WA
  77. Janet L, Stayton, OR
  78. Janet S, Astoria, OR
  79. Janis A, Orlando, FL
  80. Jennifer H, Laurel, MD
  81. Jennifer S, West Jordan, UT
  82. Jill B and Berks County Stamp Club, Hamburg, PA
  83. Joan T, Breezy Point, NY
  84. Jodi B, Roseburg, OR
  85. John V, Reading, PA
  86. Joyce B, Soap Lake, WA
  87. Joyce K, Balto, MD
  88. Joyce S, Hingham, MT
  89. Joyce W, Bartlesville, OK
  90. JPS D, Tampa, FL
  91. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  92. Judy K, Orfordville, WI
  93. Judy L, Edgewood, MD
  94. Judy P and Prairie View United Methodist Church, Ollie, IA
  95. Justine H, Colby, KS
  96. Kaki D and Scrappin' Yats, Lacombe, LA
  97. Karen H, Monticello, MN
  98. Katherine W, Pulteney, NY
  99. Kathi C, Hockessin, DE
  100. Kelli D, Sacramento, CA
  101. Khanh A, Inglewood, CA
  102. Kim H, Apple Valley, MN
  103. Kim S, Taylors, SC
  104. Kirstie H, Black Diamond, WA
  105. Laurel W, Oroville, CA
  106. Lee Ann D, Wilmington, DE
  107. Lee B, Dalton, WI
  108. Liesbeth V and Country Lane Crafters, San Jose, CA
  109. Linda F, Chavies, KY
  110. Linda G, Conestoga, PA
  111. Linda G, Simenill, OK
  112. Linda H, Spokane, WA
  113. Linda K, Indianpolis, IN
  114. Lisa K, Ft Wayne, IN
  115. Lori B, Marietta, GA
  116. Maggie J, Cranberry Twp, PA
  117. Marci C, Northern Cambria, PA
  118. Marcie C and and swap friends, Rathdrum, ID
  119. Margaret J, Mishawaka, IN
  120. Marietta W, Akron, IA
  121. Marietta W, Akron, IA
  122. Marlyn M, Fox Lake, WI
  123. Mary B and Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
  124. Mary J, Tucson, AZ
  125. Mary P, Mt Vernon, IL
  126. Maude B, Las Cruces, NM
  127. Michelle C, Laguna Woods, CA
  128. Missy M, Eden Prairie, MN
  129. Monica and Jessica L, Brentwood, TN
  130. Monica H and Hambo Stamps' Hambo Hoedown, Richmond, VA
  131. Ms H, Moore, OK
  132. Nadia K, Elkridge, MD
  133. Nancy A, Marietta, GA
  134. Nancy F, Trexlertown, PA
  135. Nancy K, Santa Monica, CA
  136. Nancy W, Milford, NJ
  137. Nanette B and Scrap4less Stampers, Colorado Springs, CO
  138. Pai M, Ann Arbor, MI
  139. Pam T, El Paso, TX
  140. Parrie B, Philadelphia, PA
  141. Pat C and Pacesetters Stamp Group, Shalimar, FL
  142. Pat H, Canyon Lake, TX
  143. Pat J, Woodinville, WA
  144. Patti R, Pittsburg, CA
  145. Peggy F, St Paul, MN
  146. Penny S, Las Cruces, NM
  147. Penny W, Peoria, AZ
  148. Phyllis Z and Lincoln Hills Paper Arts, Lincoln, CA
  149. Priscilla U, Mesquite, NV
  150. Radine R and Sherry B, Maysville, IA
  151. Rae R, Sauquoit, NY
  152. Renae C, Hillsborough, NC
  153. Reta M, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
  154. Robin F, Emerald Isle, NC
  155. Robin H, Onalaska, WI
  156. Ronni U, Peoria, AZ
  157. Ruth G and Scramping Divas, Bay City, MI
  158. Sallie T, Marseilles, IL
  159. Sandi M, Fremont, CA
  160. Sandra S, Lakewood, CA
  161. Sandra S, Lakewood, CA
  162. Sandy N, Eugene, OR
  163. Sarah R, Norfolk, VA
  164. Sharen J, Plain City, OH
  165. Shari B, Grand Forks, ND
  166. Sharon G, Seattle, Wa
  167. Sharon S, Pahrump, NV
  168. Shenise R, Hopewell, VA
  169. Sherry H, Arlington, VA
  170. Sherry V, Canal Fulton, OH
  171. Shirley B, Bay City, MI
  172. Sommer A, Jacobsburg, OH
  173. St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Elk Grove, CA
  174. Stacy G, Cincinnati, OH
  175. Sue H, Booneville, MS
  176. Susan B, Ormond Beach, FL
  177. Susan R, Stevensville, MD
  178. Teresa K, Vancouver, WA
  179. Terri M, Summerville, SC
  180. Theresa D, Kent, WA
  181. Tina C, Las Vegas, NV
  182. Trish C, Spring Valley, MN
  183. Wendy A, Minneola, FL
  184. Zuseth F and Zuleika and Diana, Vestavia Hills, AL

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mailroom Monday: October 17, 2011

This week 19,285 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $736.15! In one week - yes, 7 days!!!

Another amazing landmark: We reached one million cards on May 13, 2011...and as of this week, we've shipped over a quarter of a million cards more since then! Oh my! Thank you to everyone who makes all of this possible - cardmakers, financial donors, corporate sponsorships, retailers - it takes a nation to make all these cards!

These are the boxes shipped this past week:


To  heroes in Afghanistan:
335 cards to a National Guard unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an civilian unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to n National Guard unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to a Civilian unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Marine unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Marine unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Air Force 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
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to a USO unit
360 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to a Marine unit
360 cards to an Air Force unit
360 cards to an Army unit

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

To heroes at sea:
360 cards to an Marine unit


To heroes in Kyrgyzstan:
360 cards to an Air Force unit
To heroes in Qatar:
340 cards to an Army unit


To heroes in Greece:
360 cards to an Air Force unit
To heroes in Korea:
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Japan:
335 cards to an Navy unit



To heroes in Kuwait:

335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Navy unit
335 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit





Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 4,057
Number of hero contacts: 1,487
Total cards sent: 1,261,413



Deadline reminders:  Calendar is here
Sept 16 - Halloween - PASSED
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving PASSED
Oct 31 - Christmas COMING SOON!
Dec 1 - AnyHero letters for Christmas


Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Baby baby baby you're outta tiiiimmmeee......

That old Rolling Stones song has been running through my head...it feels like the behinder I get, the behinder I get! :) Here's your weekend vlog...enjoy ;)


A couple updates for you:

  • OWH Cardmaking Cruise -
    • Our secret Facebook group is a hoot! We still have some cruisers who haven't joined us there - if you want to be part of the goofiness, send me a friend request and I'll add you. Only if you're cruising with us though - if you still want to sign up, do it quick! You'll miss out on the pool tournament! 
    • Donations are coming in! Wahoo is this going to be FUN. Our sponsor logos are getting added to the cruise website; we're sharing a little more info in the secret fb group!
  • Christmas card deadline is COMING UP!! They're due October 31...so get them in quickly. Our shippers have a lot of processing to do...so please help out:
    • stamp the backs with our name (or use a label)
    • line dark cards - our heroes have no white pens!
    • tuck the cards in envelopes (tuck 1 or 2, either is great!)
    • doublecheck for glitter - it'll quarantine your whole box
    • include a completed packing slip! We have no extra time to count your cards for you.
  • CHA! It may seem early for January planning...but we've got some legwork ahead. We've been invited to have a booth in the nonprofit area of the CHA trade show....you can't imagine how excited we are! Last July's show brought forth a lot of great things for us...stay tuned for details in a few months as things start shakin'!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

AnyHero kids mail...sweet

By Girl Scout students in Elk Grove, CA....thanks to Seongsook for sharing!

Dear Hero,
Thank you for your service. There aren't many people in the world that will do what you're doing. Your so thoughtful. You are one of the bravest people I know. Be Safe and stay proud. Love, Sara from Elk Grove, CA

Dear Soldgiers,
You remind me of the autum leaves. Their trying to hold on and some do and some don't. I hope you hold on to that tree. Afhghanastan will lose. I know they will. Those Afghanastan meanies remind me of crumpled leaves. You are my hero. I wish I had a award to give you.
hopes and dreams,
Isabella J.
P.S. Good Luck! :)

Dear Soldlers,
Make sure you be safe. Thanks you fiting for our country. I hope you win. You are a hero.
from Sophia

I'm really glad you're at Afghanstan. Protecting us. Please be save and don't get hurt. :)
From Abby

Dear Soldiers,
always stay safe. Good luck and support America. I hope you like this card. I am 10 years old in Elk Grove California. YOU R A HERO!
Love, Arianna

Dear Soldiers,
Thank you for serving our country. I know you might be scared but you are doing a great thing for so many people. I know your family if proud of you!
Love, Eliza

Thankful Thursday: October 13, 2011

Many many thanks to all who are keeping our shippers BUSY! Woohoo!! This is a 2week report, since Sandy was a little busy on vacation last week :)

Some of the cards in the card hospital pictured may need to wait til after the holiday shipping is done — but we'll get to as much as we can. (Some may have to wait to be shipped to our heroes til next year.) You can order a FREE stamp for the backs of your cards here if you don't have one already...and if you send your cards also tucked, that keeps them from getting waylaid into stacks like these.
Here's our list of folks who gave in the last 2 weeks- THANK YOU! :)
  1. Adele H, Palm Springs, FL
  2. Adele M, Chicago, IL
  3. Alice and Jeffrey C, Gardners, PA
  4. Allyson G, Fort Worth, TX
  5. Alta H, Adairsville, GA
  6. Amber M, Goshen, IN
  7. Amy H and Hiland Park Baptist Church, Panama City, FL
  8. Anita O, SHell Lake, WI
  9. Ann C, Bonney Lake, WA
  10. Ann L, Orem, UT
  11. Ann M, Hutchinson, MN
  12. April C, Eugene, OR
  13. Ardeth T, Glendale, AZ
  14. Arlene S, Yorba Linda, CA
  15. Arlene Y, Mariposa, CA
  16. Audrey D, Riverside, CA
  17. Autumn G, Greencastle, IN
  18. Barb H, Milton, WI
  19. Barb T, South Jordan, UT
  20. Barbara M and Kaiser Permanente, Manassas, VA
  21. Barbara M, San Carlos, CA
  22. Bertie G, LuVerne, IA
  23. Beverly A, The Villages, FL
  24. Beverly D, Rochester, NY
  25. Bonnie K, Cary, NC
  26. Bud C, Lutz, FL
  27. Candi G, Riverside, IL
  28. Cari S, Tigard, OR
  29. Carla M, Mineral Bluff, GA
  30. Carole B and Salsa Rubber Stamp Club, Tucson, AZ
  31. Caroline K, San Jose, CA
  32. Cathy B and Employees and Family Members of Colonial Life, Columbia, SC
  33. Cathy B, Columbia, SC
  34. Cathy C-J, New Hudson, MI
  35. Cathy W, Wichita, KS
  36. Charlotte H, Lexington, KY
  37. Charne S, Boynton Beach, FL
  38. Cherie C, Tacoma, WA
  39. Cheryl B and Wells Fargo, Winston Salem, NC
  40. Cheryl B, Claypool, IN
  41. Cheryl B, Manchester, NH
  42. Cheryl P and Julie B, Temecula, CA
  43. Cheryl Y, South Pasadena, CA
  44. Chris F, Monument, CO
  45. Christine Y, Rensselear, NY
  46. Christine Z, White Lake, MI
  47. Claudia M, Goldendale, Wa
  48. Coni L, Citrus Heights, CA
  49. Coni L, Citrus Heights, CA
  50. Crystal W, Milledgeville, GA
  51. Cynthia T, Lemon Grove, CA
  52. Dana M and Stampalicious, Blythewood, SC
  53. Darcey W, Rochester Hills, MI
  54. Darla J, Austin, TX
  55. Darlene M, Ridgecrest, CA
  56. Dawn L, Schenectady, NY
  57. Dawn M, Eagan, MN
  58. Deanna L, Auburn, GA
  59. Deb B, Plover, WI
  60. Debbi M, Sparks, NV
  61. Debbi M, Sparks, NV
  62. Debbie A, Hoyt, KS
  63. Debbie D, Saginaw, MI
  64. Debbie H, Hodgdon, ME
  65. Debbie L and Peggy and Beverly, Goose Creek, SC
  66. Deborah B, Chandler, AZ
  67. Deborah F, Norfolk, VA
  68. Debra K, Naples, FL
  69. Debra M and Coventry Housing Authority, Coventry, RI
  70. Debra T-P, Allegany, NY
  71. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  72. Dee V, Gibsonville, NC
  73. Deedee A, Santa Rosa, CA
  74. Denise W, Pueblo, CO
  75. Diane B, Edina, MN
  76. Diane C, Los Angeles, CA
  77. Diane F, Floral Park, NY
  78. Donna B, Hollidaysburg, PA
  79. Donna B, Troy, MO
  80. Donna O, Louisville, KY
  81. Dot F, Culpepper, VA
  82. Elaine H, Keene, NH
  83. Elmira D, Brookston, IN
  84. Emily S, Port Allen, LA
  85. Erica C, Kenmore, NY
  86. Erica J, Manteno, IL
  87. Eunice A and Mount de Sales Academy, Macon, GA
  88. Eve U, Houston, TX
  89. Eydie G, Bonaire, GA
  90. Five Season's Senior Housing , Cedar Rapids, IA
  91. Frances M, Evans, WV
  92. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  93. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  94. Frances S, Silverdale, WA
  95. Gai J, Dallas, TX
  96. Gail B, Auburn, GA
  97. Gala B and St Peter United Methodist Church, Blue Springs, MO
  98. Gloria P, St Joseph, MI
  99. Gwen S, Cedar HIll, MO
  100. Harriet L, Vista, CA
  101. Helen C, Cottleville, MO
  102. Helen S, San Diego, CA
  103. Jamie S, Verona, WI
  104. Jane H, Moline, MI
  105. Jane R and World Cardmaking Day Party, Phoenix, AZ
  106. Janice J, Junction, TX
  107. Jayne R, Fortson, GA
  108. Jean D, West Valley City, UT
  109. Jeannie S, Upland, CA
  110. Jennifer K, Morrisville, NC
  111. Jennifer M, Marshfield, WI
  112. Joan J-F, Atlanta, GA
  113. Joan J, Lodi, CA
  114. Joan T, Breezy Point, NY
  115. JoAnn U, Knoxville, TN
  116. JoAnn U, Knoxville, TN
  117. Joanne M, Anaheim, CA
  118. Joyce B, Soap Lake, WA
  119. Joyce K, Hot Springs, AR
  120. Joyce L, Flushing, NY
  121. Judith H, Vineyard Haven, MA
  122. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  123. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  124. Judy B, Cleburne, TX
  125. Judy C, Mountain Home, AR
  126. Judy K, Orfordville, WI
  127. Judy N, Olympia, WA
  128. Julie R, Cottage Grove, MN
  129. Julie S, Ferndale, Wa
  130. Justine R, Marshall, VA
  131. Karen B, Old Saybrook, CT
  132. Karen H and and friends, Schofield, WI
  133. Karen L, Wasilla, AK
  134. Karen S, Huntington Beach, CA
  135. Karen T and Paradise Scrapbook Boutique, Paradise, CA
  136. Karen W, Savanna, IL
  137. Kathleen R, Rio Linda, CA
  138. Kathy F, Bemidji, MN, MN
  139. Kathy M-P, Hanford, CT
  140. Kathy P, White Lake, MI
  141. Kathy R, Wichita, KS
  142. Kathy S, Reedley, CA
  143. Kathy W, Columbia, MO
  144. Katie H, Chicago, IL
  145. Kelly S, North Port, FL
  146. Khanh A, Inglewood, CA
  147. Kimberley M-Y, Kennewick, Wa
  148. Kimberly M and Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, Brookings, SD
  149. Kristin C, PingreeGrove, IL
  150. Kristine W, Gilbert, SC
  151. Kristine W, Gilbert, SC
  152. Krystil H, Raleigh, NC
  153. Laura C, Park Rapids, MN
  154. Laura R, Brunswick, OH
  155. Laurie L, Battle Creek, MI
  156. Leigh E, Houston, TX
  157. Lesley T, Kirkwood, MO
  158. Linda E, Parkersburg, WV
  159. Linda H, Uncasville, CT
  160. Linda K, Grant, MI
  161. Lindy C, Seattle, WA
  162. Lisa H, Rockport, MA
  163. Lisa R, Lexington, TN
  164. Liz L, , WA
  165. Loretta R, Ottawa, Ontario
  166. Lori B, Marietta, GA
  167. Lori W, Katy, TX
  168. Lori W, Katy, TX
  169. Lori W, Katy, TX
  170. Louise D, Basking Ridge, NJ
  171. Lucia H, Norfolk, VA
  172. Lynda F, Glenaire, IL
  173. Lyonta K, ELYSIAN, MN
  174. Lyvonne G, Sun City, AZ
  175. Marcie C, Rathdrum, ID
  176. Margaret F, Baton Rouge, LA
  177. Margaret G, Stevenson Ranch, CA
  178. Maria D, Cambridge, NE
  179. Marian S, Lindenhurst, NY
  180. Marilyn G, Bay City, MI
  181. Marilyn P, Grand Blanc, MI
  182. Marlene E, Park Ridge, IL
  183. Marsha D, Everson, WA
  184. Martha M, Novi, MI
  185. Mary B, Ottawa, IL
  186. Mary P, Dassel, MN
  187. Mary S, Taunton, MN
  188. MaryJo A, Lake Orion, MI
  189. Melanie L, Everett, WA
  190. Merrie S, Leesburg, VA
  191. Merrie S, Leesburg, VA
  192. Mia O, Dyer, IN
  193. Michele R, Eldersburg, MD
  194. Michelle C, Laguna Woods, CA
  195. Mindy A and Ellicott City Rubber Stamp Club, West Friendship, MD
  196. Mindy O, Corinne, UT
  197. Miriam N, Atlanta, GA
  198. Ms J, Peru, IN
  199. Ms K, Clute, TX
  200. Nancie C, Sunnyvale, Ca
  201. Nancy B, Wesley Chapel, FL
  202. Nancy C, Hollister, CA
  203. Nancy G and Friendship Village Social Club, Bedford, PA
  204. Nancy K, Edmonds, WA
  205. Nicole M, Draper, UT
  206. Nora G, Santa Ana, CA
  207. Norma J, Arvada, CO
  208. North Country CDC , Antelope, CA
  209. Olivia M, Old Bridge, NJ
  210. Pam W, Cottage Grove, OR
  211. Pamela C, Schenectady, NY
  212. Pamela L, Mineral Bluff, GA
  213. Pat B, Stroudsburg, PA
  214. Pat G, Upton, MA
  215. Pat K, West Richland, WA
  216. Pat N, Raleigh, NC
  217. Patricia A, Brightwood, VA
  218. Patti C, Ruby, NY
  219. Paula R, St Charles, MO
  220. Peg S and Teachers Hospitality Club, Lawrence, KS
  221. Peggy B, Pacifica, CA
  222. Peggy C, West Grove, PA
  223. Peggy G, Fort Mill, SC
  224. Penny K, Longboat Key, FL
  225. Pierotte's P, Hanford, CA
  226. Polly R, Peoria, AZ
  227. Polly R, Peoria, AZ
  228. Rachel A, Waterloo, IA
  229. Rachel G, Central Islip, NY
  230. Rae R, Sauquoit, NY
  231. Roberta O, Lafayette, IN
  232. Robin J-B, Hanford, CA
  233. Robin M, Oconomowoc, WI
  234. Robin M, Oconomowoc, WI
  235. Rosie H, Florence, OR
  236. Ruth Ann G, Gilbert, AZ
  237. Ruth V, Apopka, FL
  238. Sally E, Tustin, CA
  239. Sandi B, McMinnville, OR
  240. Sandi B, McMinnville, OR
  241. Sandy D, Hanover, PA
  242. Sandy M, Bethany, OK
  243. Sandy S, Centennial, CO
  244. Sandy S, Jamestown, NC
  245. Sarah M, Winter Park, FL
  246. Sarah M, Winter Park, FL
  247. Sarah M, Winter Park, FL
  248. Seongsook D, Sacramento, CA
  249. Shari S, Lakeview, OH
  250. Sharla V, Topeka, KS
  251. Sharon B, Cahokia, IL
  252. Sharon B, Taylor, MI
  253. Sharon H, Commerce Township, MI
  254. Sharon M, Waterford, MI
  255. Sharron B, Royal Oak, MI
  256. Sheila G, Puyallup, WA
  257. Shelly N, Shoreview, MN
  258. Sherry M and Randy, Pam, and Debbie, Corvallis, MT
  259. Sheryl D, The Woodlands, TX
  260. Simply S, Bakersfield, CA
  261. Stacey H, Mechanichsburg, PA
  262. Stephanie K, San Diego, CA
  263. Stephanie L, Victoria, MN
  264. Sue A, Des Moines, IA
  265. Susan M and Girl Scouts, Phoenix, AZ
  266. Susan S, Cary, NC
  267. Susan T, Kansas City, MO
  268. Susanne T, Green Oaks, IL
  269. Susie M, Winterville, NC
  270. Sybilla G and and Eileen K, Gilbertsville, PA
  271. Sybrina K, Pickerington, OH
  272. Tammy Z, Madison, WI
  273. Teresa D, Centerville, UT
  274. Teresa D, Powder Springs, GA
  275. Teresa P, Osseo, MN
  276. Teresa P, Osseo, MN
  277. Tifany D, Roseville, CA
  278. Tiffany L, Baltimore, MD
  279. Traci O and Michigan National Guard, Lansing, MI
  280. Tracy B, Lemoore, CA
  281. Valerie B, Thornton, CO
  282. Verneta W, Anchorage, AK
  283. Vicki W, Reno, NV
  284. Victoria M, Carlsbad, CA
  285. Wendy S, Raleigh, NC

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mailroom Monday: October 10, 2011

This week 19,939 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $791.85! We have also reached an amazing milestone: 
Exactly 4,000 boxes shipped to our heroes!






To  heroes in Afghanistan:
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
355 cards to an Air Force unit
172 cards to an Army unit
172 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
172 cards to a Navy unit
172 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
172 cards to an Navy unit
355 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Marine unit
335 cards to a Civilian unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
335 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 Marine unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Civilian 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 Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to a National Guard unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
350 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Red Cross unit

To heroes in Iraq:
185 cards to a Civilian unit
185 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to an Army unit
172 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a National Guard unit
345 cards to an Army unit



To heroes in Bahrain:
355 cards to a Navy unit


To heroes in Qatar:
360 cards to an Civilian unit





To heroes in Kuwait:

355 cards to an National Guard unit
355 cards to an Army unit
172 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an USO unit
345 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Red Cross unit





Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: exactly 4,000!
Number of hero contacts: 1,466
Total cards sent: 1,219,974



Deadline reminders:  Calendar is here
Sept 16 - Halloween - PASSED
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving PASSED
Oct 31 - Christmas
Dec 1 - AnyHero letters for Christmas


Current shipper needs: see here.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cruisin', tshirts, and more

Goooooooood weekend to you all! Sandy here with a couple quick updates. It's been just a little crazy with having been on vacation this week, so I hope these thoughts come out coherently...I apologize for being scattered lately, but this happens every year during our heavy shipping season...I just seem to forget that it occurs yearly!



  • Cruise update! I am getting SO excited. (Even though on vacation I gained back a couple of pounds I had lost, lol!)
    1. Email - Later today I hope to get an email out to everyone who's signed up for the cruise with a survey - I want YOUR input on what you want to do, classes you'd like to have, all sorts of fun ideas. If it doesn't go out today, look for it later this week. I need to pick pumpkins with a sweet little girl, so it depends on what time I get back :)
    2. Stuck on GlueDots - We got an AWESOME donation of more GlueDots than we'd ever be able to use on one cruise - lol! LOVE being overrun by great boxes like those. Thanks so much, GlueDots!!!
    3. Signup - If you haven't signed up yet but are thinking of going, please let me know asap! Every time I ask, more people tell me they're still pondering, so I hope you all raise your muffins* soon! I'm recruiting donations and ordering OWH craft totes for us, so I want to be sure to get all that we need.
  • Patches! It's been brought to my attention that some people have thought that a donation of over $10 means they get a patch automatically. Nope. You need to let us know you do want one by sending an AnyHero card and a nice big clear note that you want a patch (so our shippers don't miss it when they enter your donation.) If you had thought you were getting one, you can request one with your next package.
  • Fundraising update: Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful response to the Jedi Kittens vlog a few weeks ago! You are rallying to help our heroes, and that is AWESOME. Keep up the great work!
  • TSHIRTS!!!!!! Yes, I've been telling you for a while I've been working on them, and yes, I finally got a sample in the mail yesterday! Still needs some tweaking and now we need to get the site set up, but stay tuned soon. Watch OWHtv this Thursday night (6:30pm Pacific) to see me sporting the first ever official OWH tshirt!!
And now...your weekly vlog:
*Don't know what raising a muffin means? Handraising. Yeah, I have weird phrases from my past that crop up now and again. LOL! You can thank some bizarre college friends for the muffins.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thankful Thursday: October 6, 2011

Next week we'll do a double report - sorry! Sandy flew in last night and her arms were tired.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mailroom Monday: October 3, 2011

This week 14,453 cards were mailed out - at a cost of $586.65!

A treat was received by Kris in our Kansas office:







To  heroes in Afghanistan:
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
350 cards to an Army unit
362 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a USO
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Marine unit
335 cards to an Army unit
670 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to a Civilian unit
190 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to a Marine unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to a Marine unit
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit

To heroes in Iraq:
362 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to a Navy unit
350 cards to an Civilian unit
190 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit









To heroes in Korea:
340 cards to an Army unit






To heroes in Kuwait:
362 cards to an Army unit
362 cards to an National Guard unit
335 cards to an Army unit






Other fun statistics:
Number of boxes sent: 3,937
Number of hero contacts: 1,463
Total cards sent: 1,216,494



Deadline reminders:  Calendar is here
Sept 16 - Halloween - PASSED
Sept 30 - Thanksgiving PASSED
Oct 31 - Christmas
Dec 1 - AnyHero letters for Christmas


Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

It's the most...wonderful time....of the year! Not just because of World Cardmaking Day, but because we're all having such a great time making holiday cards for our heroes to write home on!
The card shared below is yet another one by popular request - making a card with paper, no stamping. Ack! You all know how to strike fear in Sandy's heart by making requests like that :) But...here you go:
The snow people are made with simple punches, with handcut noses on dimensional adhesive and Pearl Pen for eyes and mouths. The fence is hand cut brown paper - there's a single strip of paper across the back that made it easy to assemble and add the Basic Grey brads. That's all popped on dimensional adhesive, and the snow was hand cut and glued to the front of the fence. Pretty easy peasy! And this card works all winter long, but could be used for a holiday greeting as well - more flexible than a "Merry Christmas" card.


So...have you been inspired today on the bloghop? We sure hope so! Ready to share YOUR creation? Use the InLinkz below to add your own link to a holiday card! There'll be a prize of a flat rate envelope full of all sorts of goodies from the OWH treasure box....join in the fun!