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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

Results: Over a million cards sent for heroes to write home on!

Target demographics: Deployed service members

Direct beneficiaries per year: approx 1000 units receiving boxes every 5 weeks

Geographic areas served: Worldwide, wherever heroes are deployed

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Community Stories

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home allows me to show my gratitude to our heroes who are serving me and our country. Our military are sacrificing their time and their lives to protect our freedom. Their families are also sacrificing having them at home. The cards I make for Operation Write Home help our heroes stay in touch with family and friends.

3 Sandy42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Operation Write Home and it is very rewarding. The cards that are made from volunteers around the USA are sent to our troops so they can write a note and send them home. Any Hero mail is also sent to the troops and distributed to those who don't receive a lot of mail while they are deployed. This is a great organization and I wish I could do more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for OWH has been very rewarding. I not only get to support and encourage our military but I am learning so much about making the perfect card. Having a son and daughter-in-law serving our country it is important to me to support them and all of our military. When they were deployed I only received 2 cards, not from OWH, and they meant the world to me. I am so glad I can help to encourage our troops to write loved ones at home. It is an honor to help them to connect to loved ones. Thank you OWH for the opportunity to be a part of your great organization!

4 Esther4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home, founded by Sandy Allnock, received it's non-profit status with the IRS on September 12, 2009. I started making and sending blank greeting cards to OWH to send to deployed service members to use to write home to their loved ones. Also wrote AnyHero letters of support and encouragement to boost morale. I helped start a card making group in my church and invited all crafters and card makers to write AnyHero letters and make cards. OWH has sent more than 2 million cards overseas. The notes of appreciation sent back keeps me motivated to make more cards and write more letters. A huge percent of the donated funds is used for shipping boxes and all that it takes to get them filled and packed. In the almost three years I have been a volunteer through my church, more than 20,000 cards have been sent to OWH. All the card makers are so special. Each one understands the mission of OWH: to send blank, handmade greeting cards and AnyHero letters of appreciation to our deployed heroes. Envelopes are included so our heroes can write to their special people and send them home. We feel we are part of wonderful outreach, even though we are on the homefront.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be consideratie and to be responsible. When I make cards for Operation Wrtie Home and write AnyHero notes, I am making something our deployed heroes want to send home. Cards I make are appreciated by those on the homefront you receive them. The AnyHero notes tell a deployed hero how much I admire their decision to serve our country and how I am praying for their safety. I also make card kits for card making meetings where card makers gather to fill boxes with handmade greeting cards. In this way, I know I am doing something that matters. My goal is to make a diffence in this world while I am here.

2 Laura133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"What can I do?"... it's a question asked often. We *want* to help our Heroes, but we're not sure how.
Operation Write Home has found the answer to this question: CARDS!
You can make cards, for our Heroes to write home in- a way for them to keep in contact with loved ones back home. You can write letters, to let our Heroes know we are thinking of them. You can donate money towards shipping the over TWO MILLION CARDS sent by OWH. You can get the kids involved, having them draw pictures for deployed Heroes.
This is a great way to show some love for the deployed and their families. A wonderful way to give thanks for those who give so much.
Their website has a lot of great FREE tutorials, to give you ideas... most important, their site has messages of thanks from the brave men and women who receive these cards. The best inspiration is hearing from those you have helped.

2 Suzy B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home is a great way to support our troops, by making and donating cards, by donating money to defray shipping costs, and by sending any hero cards to soldiers so they know we are thinking about them and we appreciate their sacrifice.

It is also a chance to spend time with your crafty friends, getting together to make cards!
~Suzy in Springfield, MO

2 Lee_21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While I do not have any family members serving in the military I felt strongly about giving back to those who serve us . Card making is my newest creative outlet and having a very small family so I am able to participate in my new hobby and give back at the same time. I can only imagine how it must feel to receive one of the cards from a loved one who is so very far from home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When found myself able to retire at a relatively early age, SO many people asked "What will you do....how will you keep from going crazy?" For me the answer was simple - first, spend more time with family and friends and then find a way to give back and express my gratitude for the blessings I've received in my life.

For me, Operation Write Home (OWH) is the perfect fit. It allows me the opportunity to do something meaningful for those who offer themselves and their talents to protect the life and freedoms that I and many others have so often taken for granted here in the great U.S.A. I love many types of hand crafting but, several years before I retired, card making became my craft of choice. One day, while looking for card ideas I came across the OWH website and knew this was an organization with which I wanted to be associated. After describing the organization's efforts and my intent to participate, several of my family and friends also wanted to give back to our service men and women. Now, twice a month, I host an OWH day where any who are available are welcome to come over and we spend the day making cards for those serving overseas in the military to use to keep in touch with their family and loved ones back home.

And so, once again I have been blessed! This one effort has helped me to achieve, in part, both of my retirement goals.

3 Heather96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this charity. From the weekly blogs, card sketches, card tutorials and time that is donated to ship cards overseas it is just amazing. I feel blessed just to be able to donate my card creations to a charity that supports and encourages our deployed military and their families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started using Copic Markers and was trying to find a way to practice and then wondered what to do with them when they are finished. I found this wonderful organization and was honored to be part of it. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and he was glad to help me support the organization. So he is the donor and I am the card maker.

One of the best parts about being part of this organization is that you get to hear what your contributions are doing. You hear weekly about how somone used the cards, honored a family member, kept in touch with family or some heart warming story to keep you motivated to keep making cards and sending much needed postage money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Operation Write Home while looking for a way to share my card making talent. This organization is top-rate. I have made many new card making e-friends. The support is incredible. Expert and accomplished crafts people share their ideas, expertise and resources.

Operation Write Home is a great way to give back to those who are risking their lives for our Country on a daily basis. Encouraging and providing a way for our deployed service personnel to connect to their families in a such beautiful and heartfelt way (a hand written card), is one of the main goals. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Aimee H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the look of my friend's handmade cards, but I am a terrible letter-writer, so I have not really been able to join in their hobby until I found this organization. Now I can make cards and know that they have an important purpose - providing quality cards for our servicemen and -women to use to write home on. I know several people serving overseas, and this is a way for me to do something for them to show my appreciation for their service and sacrifice for me and my country. Sandy does such a wonderful job with her website, Facebook page, and youTube tutorials, that this is something anyone can get involved in. I also love that she encourages us to write AnyHero cards TO the troops, which allows my children and their friends to get involved too.

Marsha12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The cards I make for our troops are made with love and it is an honor to have them sent back home to a loved one. It is a small gesture but has a huge impact. The people who organize allthe cards and ship them out are saints!

Carol98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home has been a way for me to do a small something in honor and appreciation for our deployed troops and their families, who are doing and sacrificing so much for us. Making and donating my very best cards as well as writing notes from the "homefront", keeps my focus on caring for- and remembering- these heroes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that OWH allows me to put my craft to good use. As a cardmaker I can never find enough personal need for all the cards I make and it is a wonderful feeling to share my cards with our Heroes knowing it will help connect them to their loved ones while they are away. As an added bonus, I love the tutorials, inspiration and fun times that OWH shares with their cardmakers. It is really a WIN/WIN deal all around!!

Tam Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking for a place to serve our military and yet one that fit with our busy schedule as a homeschool family. Operation Write Home fit the bill perfectly. They provide help for their donors (guidelines, tutorials, etc.) and they are transparent in all they do, from mailing packages, sharing encouragement/feedback and their financial end. It has been a blessing to share in bringing joy to military and their families through Operation Write Home. I like it so much that my craft group's service project for 2013 will be to get Any Hero cards created and sent in, as many as we can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Making cards for our troops to write home to their loved ones on....it is such a very small thing to do in comparison to the sacrifice they & their families make for me. It is my honor & pleasure to do this simple thing as a small token of appreciation to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OWH provides me a creative outlet that serves a double purpose in that it also allows me do a little something nice for others, and I can't imagine anyone who deserves a "little something extra" any more than the men & women of our military & their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a project for my Girl Scout troop to do. They made anyday hero cards, and I decided to use up some of my craft supplies and make cards for a good cause. I can make cards in my spare time and knowing they are going to the military makes it a win win situation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Am retired and found OperationWriteHome a couple of years ago. I send boxes to OWH about 3-4 times a year; it gives me such a good feeling to know that it will brighten the lives of someone waiting at home for their loved one to return, safe and sound. This org. is very well run and very active; love their live OWHTV show each Thursday eve.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know of no other group that meets this need better than OWH. Having the opportunity to have something as simple as a card to send home to loved is such a blessing. I've received many messages back stating their thanks and enjoyment in being able to pick out that special card for that special someone. To put it simply... I think OWH is a blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started making greeting cards to send to shut-ins who are members of my church, but soon had more cards than I could ever use. Making scrapbook pages didn't interest me, so when I found out about Operation Write Home, I felt it would be a perfect fit. So many recipients of my cards have said they love getting hand crafted cards with hand written messages, and I think family members of overseas military personnel must feel the same. Making cards that our heroes can use when they write home to family and friends gives me a sense of sharing in a very small way in the efforts of our military around the world. I hope it assures our heroes that our country is behind them as they sacrifice home and family life as they serve. Doing something I love for someone else is very gratifying -- I am receiving at the same time I'm giving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't tell you what OWH has done for me. Being retired, I was doing many things I wanted to do, but was just not totally satisfied with anything. I then found OWH which started me on the road to helping out, making cards for the wonderful hero's of our country. For the families left here at home and friends who keep in touch with them. This has been the most rewarding, fun, satisfying five years I have ever done and I don't miss a day that I'm not working on a set of cards.

Ann_60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a relatively new member of OWH. I have sent several boxes of cards and have gotten so much more in return. OWH is a great group of dedicated women (and some men too) that are so selfless on their giving. I have learned so much about card making from the tutorials and the Thursday night live sessions with Sandy are so funny as well as informative. The OWH website is very easy to navigate and easily outlines the guidelines that we cardmakers need to follow.

DeAnna7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this is my 3rd year making cards for Operation Write Home (OWH). I love being able to enjoy my hobby and make something that a service member can send home to a friend or family member. It is so awesome to get an email from the sender (or receiver!) letting me know that they appreciate the time and effort that I put into my work. This is just one way that I can say THANK YOU too all the brave men and women that serve to protect my freedom.

Judi6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a demonstrator with Stampin' Up. One of my clients sent me the information on Operation Write Home less than a year ago. We have turned our get togethers into Card making parties for OWH. I love that I can send something to the Men and Women that protect our freedom. It is just a small way of saying Thank You for all that they do for us!! My family has ties to just about every branch of the military and this is perfect.

pkinkaid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed being involved with this organization for the past couple of years. Being able to enjoy my hobby (card making) and benefit a good cause is the best of both worlds.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My involvement with OWH has been a very positive experience in my life. When we get a note from a hero or from their family member saying what the cards mean to them I am reminded that what I do makes life just a little nicer for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I "enlisted" with the Operation Write Home team in Feb 2012. My son had recently joined the National Guard so I knew how precious those cards and letters that I received while he was away were. I didn't hesitate to join forces with Sandy Allnock, Kris Allan and the thousands of volunteer card makers. OWH strives for the very best by offering tons of tutorials, videos, challenges and daily motivation free of charge!! I look forward to the live webcast on YouTube every Thursday which allows me to chat with fellow OWHers and learn what's going on this week in the OWH world. Sandy is the executive director and never fails to bring us a giggle or 2 during the webcast. Sandy is very interactive (is that the right word?) meaning that she reads all of the comments and requests our input on certain things that help OWH grow. It's fun, informative and very rewarding knowing that we help bring smiles to our Heroes' family and friends back home.

Verna A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always loved to make cards ever since my daughter introduced me to my first rubber stamp. And, after retirement I went into the card making full force, but I found that I made a lot more than I sent out. So when I read about Operation Write Home I knew I found a place to send my cards for a great cause. I remembered how much a letter meant to me when my soldier sent me his when he was in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. So I know the family and friends who get those cards with messages from their soldiers will be so blessed as well. This is an organization that does a wonderful thing to make the deployment of our soldiers and their families less tough.

Rose Marie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I love card making. Simple as that. But, I was making card after card and not using a lot of them. I then found Operation Write Home. Problem solved! And in such a wonderful way. I get to make all the cards I want and some wonderful people get to use them to write home to family and friends. I am happy to have found OWH and also soooo very grateful for our Troops and all they have done for our country.

Tommi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous organization and giving community. The overhead is unspeakably low to non-existent. Everyone, including international volunteers, spread the honor, gratefulness, and appreciate our service personnel. Further, the connections made to our service personnel last forever through the handmade cards OWH volunteers made for them to write home to love ones, family and friends. These cards remain as a piece of the service person and a memory that will last forever in their lives. All donations made to this nonprofit go to shipping boxes to our military installations, regardless of branch in the military. Without contributions of cards or monetary contributions, we would not be able to fulfill the volume of requests that have been made by our service personnel,

Debbie79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To be able to make cards for deployed military personnel to send home to family and friends is my way of showing respect for and saying thank you to our Heroes who sacrifice for and serve this great nation. I cannot tell you how heartwarming it is to receive a letter from the Heroes themselves telling us how glad they are that we provide these cards and how beautifully done they are. Or to receive a note from someone who received one of these cards from their deployed loved one and tell us how much it means to them to have "something" to hold with his or her own handwriting inside. It is such a small thing for me to do, but a very large priceless and important thing to them. One thought that always stays with me is one of our cards may be the last thing a loved one might receive...and that is why OWH is so important.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to make scrapbooks but that slowed way down when the kids and grand kids moved out of state, and most pictures are now stored digitally and easier to maintain. So I started making greeting cards, I found myself overwhelmed with them and wanted to do something worthwhile with my card making. I found "Operation Write Home" through Hero Arts on line, checked it out and was thrilled to find an organization that sent blank hand made greeting cards to our Hero's in service for them to send home to their loved ones. I cannot think of a more fulfilling way to use the talent God gave me. I have learned so many good tips on making better quality cards and have made many new friends along the way.
The art of the handwritten note is a dying one, but for these soldiers it is a way to send something back home to their loved ones that can be displayed and read over and over again. Like our president Sandy Allnock says, "Your card could be the last thing a Hero's family receives" What an honor and privilege to be a part of this organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I heard about Operation Write Home I thought I would just make a few cards to send to them. However, when I found their website was so full of ways to support our military, I became committed to their cause. Operation Write Home constantly strives to meet the needs of our heroes while at the same time providing moral support and encouragement. I appreciate that my donations to them help cover the cost of shipping a box of cards overseas to our hero's.

Debra29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started making cards for OWH after my son was on his first deployment, it helped keep the stress level down. He is home safely, but I still contribute cards to help other military families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last couple of years I have been donating cards to Operation Write Home. This is just a small way to thank our Heroes for their sacrifices. I was even able to sign up my son's unit when he was deployed. I have also learn a number of new card techniques thanks to the very talented OWH card makers.

Karen172

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed making cards for OWH! What they do is phenomenal! The returning vets I have talked with have nothing but high praise for this program!!!

kilodelta26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to be a part of Operation Write Home. Every card I make for the troops, makes me feel just a little closer to them and gives me the feeling that I am helping at least one soldier stay in contact with family at home. The women who take care of sorting and mailing the cards are the best. They are always there for questions, always helping with new ideas and techniques and do it all because they want to not because they have too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy I found this organization. I was making cards for friends and family, but there are only so many that I needed. I can now spread the joy and happiness from my cards to the soldiers who are defending our freedom and away from their families and friends. OWH has given me something to look forward to and to feel like I am, in a small way, helping our nation's bravest. I have told so many people about this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy making cards and am so glad that OWH has the contacts and staff to get the ones I donate to the troops so they can be used.

Not only does OWH provide me with an outlet for my cards, but I know the cards are sent where they'll be used.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking for a way to give a little back to the troops who sacrifice everything for our country when I found Operation Write Home. What a fabulous way to help troops keep in touch with their family! I am a card maker and am just ecstatic that I can use my God-given talents to brighten someone else's day!

Tery L.

Donor

Rating: 5

making cards and writing letters to deployed servicemen/servicewomen is a terrific thing in and of itself, but the incredible volunteer support and guidance with OWH tutorials, vlog, and crafting network makes it even more attractive an organisation.

plus, look at their financials. they have little/no overhead. they put their funds into direct community benefit. they are ALL volunteers. the facts lead to the conclusion that this organisation is an excellent investment beyond the philanthropic aspects of it's mission.

i originally started making these greeting cards to help me cope with hubby’s calling, but it turns out that this organisation opened a whole new world to me. not only do i feel better about him going into harm’s way every day, but i’ve added one more thing that brings some fun and adventure into my life. . . and i’m so NOT a crafty-type . . .

Cilla F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a scrap-booker gone card-maker. When I first started making cards for OWH I'm sure they weren't very good. The more I watched OWH TV and read their blogs the more ideas I got for making my cards much better. I appreciate all the time that OWH goes into helping us volunteers keep our minds reeling with ideas and inspiration. When my husband was stationed in Spain (1990) it would've been so great to receive these cards instead of notes on yellow notebook paper ( which I still have).

Bert B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to give back or "pay it forward". I cut and donate fleece scarves to the Salvation Army every year but that is only a winter time type of thing. OWH has given me the opportunity to give back year round! I had to retire 6 months ago to care for my husband and was finding myself at loose ends. My daughter got me into card making even though I told her I hated to make cards unless I had a reason for one. I now have a reason for each and every card I make!!!! I spend hours working on the cards and find so much joy in it! Not only does it give me something to keep my busy, it gives me a purpose and to be able to share that with our heros and their families means so much! Our troops give up big blocks of their lives away from their families. OWH cards gives them a chance to keep in touch with more than a plan piece of paper! Love making the cards, love knowing they have a purpose and love OWH!

1 Jean28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home is such a wonderful organization. How fantastic to help the members of our armed services stay in touch with their loved ones. Surely, this helps them to ease their minds and know that they are receiving the support that is due them. Sometimes little things like cards can make a big difference. Great job, Operation Write Home!

1 Andrea T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organization through a crafting challenge online. They are top notch and bring a lot of smiles to a lot of people. I get to paper craft, which I love. I'm learning new skills. My retired friends are enjoying card making parties with an activity they love. The cards that we make are going to deployed military and I think we put a smile on their face. They can then write home on our cards and bring special memories of them to their families. This is definitely a win, win, win, win.

Susan198

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have found no better way to combine my love of paper crafting with a way to support the men & women stationed overseas. I can't imagine what they and their families go through, but am so thankful for the opportunity to make life even just a little bit nicer for them!
Operation Write Home supports its volunteers as much as we do deployed military with sketches, challenges, and camaraderie. They are a win-win for everyone involved!

Cynthia2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired, I wanted to volunteer my time and talent to a worthwhile organization. I actually located Operation Write Home in a paper crafting magazine, checked out the web site, and immediately went to work on making cards.
This nonprofit is exceptional in every way. Our leader, Sandy Allnock, keeps an awesome web site with guidelines, card ideas and tutorials, messages of thanks from the troops, challenges, and more. Her weekly live OWHtv presentation keeps all of us informed and inspired. What I particularly appreciate is Sandy's emphasis on QUALITY cards. Rather than throwing together 20 cards at one sitting, she encourages us to take our time, use quality products, and make beautiful, unique, special cards for our brave troops throughout the world. They deserve our best effort.
Sandy's the greatest and I am proud to be a small part of this great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our deployed military are doing their best for us and they deserve OUR best. I am proud of the veterans in my family (husband, father, father-in-law, many uncles). And I am proud and delighted to create beautiful greeting cards for our deployed heroes. OWH is filled with loving, caring volunteers and the bestest President ever, Sandy.

Jen_14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband's son was deployed in Iraq, I would send his unit homemade cards from my rubber stamp group. When they returned, we didn't have anybody we knew to send cards to. With Operation Write Home, we don't have to know the "somebody"......We can make cards to our hearts' delight and know that there is someone appreciate of what we do. This gives us an outlet for our creativity, a deployed Hero the opportunity to send a card, and the recipient to receive something more tangible than an e-mail!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very high percentage of donations is used to directly benefit our deployed military.

The organization provides a way for the general public to personally impact both military personnel and their families.

I receive far more than I give to OWH. The group is truly worthy of your time and talents.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned SO much through the on line support, challenges, and tutorials. Our deployed military receive handcrafted cards to send home, and I get an outlet for my projects!! Win/win situation!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Operation Write Home for nearly 4 years now. It is a wonderful way to serve our hero's who serve our country and also use my craft of card making. Our troops enjoy getting our cards to send to their family and loved ones, and we enjoy making them. It is a total volunteer organization. All funds for shipping the cards overseas are donated. I have met many wonderful people through this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been making cards for Operation Write Home for about 2 1/2 yrs now. I love making cards and this is an outlet to send them to so that other people may enjoy them. It is very rewarding to hear the feedback of our heros and their families that the cards are so much appreciated. It's my little way to support our troops and the sacrifices that they make for our country.

1 Sandra37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OWH has provided my busy life an outlet to stop the hectic life for a little while and do something that is truly rewarding. I love making cards for my family and have learned to love it even more when I started making them for our deployed troops and their families! And thanks to OWH I have learned so much and continue learning and getting better with each card made. Thank OWH for all your hard work!!

1 Kathy234567

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely one of the finest organizations supporting our military who are deployed. Many awesome folks from the President through the shippers, cardmakers and board members. It is an honor to know these people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE Operation Write Home (OWH). It is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had. Volunteer cardmakers create blank masterpiece cards to send out to the troops, who send them back with notes to their loved ones and friends. I "met" the president of OWH online on a troop support site and she invited me in. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow as a cardmaker, in part by seeing the lovely contributions of other cardmakers, and in part through the tutorials that OWH has made to assist us. Reading the messages sent to OWH from the families who receive these cards from their loved ones is the BEST, especially the impact it has on their children and spouses!! And there is no prssure. You can create one card or a hundred, because we want each one to be truly worthy of our heroes. Folks who don't have that creative mindset can easily participate as well by sending donations for the postage to ship cards and by writing "hero letters" to the troops thanking them for their service (hero letters are enclosed in every box of cards that are shipped)! This organization creates a WIN (cardmakers. letter writers and donors), WIN (deployed service members who so want to stay in touch with folks back home), WIN (the familiy and friends receiving these cards) atmosphere and it doesn't get any better than that!

1 AnnetteH

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like to make cards but my family only has so many birthdays, right. Once I heard about Operation Write Home, I knew it was a perfect match. My skills as a card maker have improved so much with all the help OWH provides through blogs, tutorials, videos and newsletters. The president is so fun and enthusiastic, you can't help but want to get involved. I could go on and on but it stops me from making cards!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer cardmaker for Operation Write Home since June 2010. I first read about it in a national magazine and immediately visited the website, where I was impressed with the enthusiastic, informative and welcoming spirit of OWH! Dedicated leader Sandy Allnock has guided and grown this nonprofit into a national team and community of cardmakers. I am so proud to do my own small part for this fantastic organization, which enables our troops to stay in personal touch with their loved ones through beautifully crafted cards. And I mean BEAUTIFUL. I had no idea the extent of the world of cardmaking and the beauty that is created. It has changed my life and given me a new purpose and creative outlet to support this most worthy cause, where every single lovingly crafted card makes a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read about OWH in a magazine and immediately visited the OWH website. I was immediately impressed by the organization's website! It is a lively, informative and welcoming community, led by the dedicated and talented Sandy Allnock. I said to myself, "I could do this!" That was in June 2010 and I've been making cards for OWH ever since. I am always learning new creative techniques and amazed by the talented and hardworking volunteers across America! I am proud to be an OWH volunteer and happy that the work we do directly shows our soldiers and their loved ones that they are appreciated and honored.

1 Ginny Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found OWH through a crafting blog - I've already sent over 200 cards to my shipper that will be sent from an American hero back home to his /her family. it's an honor to be a small part of this phenomenal project- I'm amazed by all the hard work all the volunteers do to help our soldiers send their love back home -

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started a new hobby this past summer of making cards. (I am a school teacher, so I had the summer off. ) Before long, I was making more cards than one person could possibly use. I learned of Operation Write Home from a card making blog and thought it was the perfect solution. I can make cards and they would be put to could use. Operation Write Home allows me to feed my card addiction and make me feel good in the process. And even though the amount of cards I send is minimal I always enjoy the way OWH shares the sentiments of gratitude from both the soldiers and the persons receiving the handmade cards. OWH is a win-win.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have such brave men and women serve in our military. Making handmade greeting cards is one way I can show my gratitude for their service. Operation Write Home provides a way to coordinate our efforts. The commitment that each volunteer has for this organization should be commended and recognized with this award!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Write Home changes the lives of our Service Men and Women in combat. The lovingly made, beautifully crafted greeting cards made by volunteers come into the hands of the soldiers who want something special to write home on. The "Heros" still want to wish their Mothers a Happy Mother's Day and their children a Happy Birthday. They deserve a special card that will brighten the day of their loved ones. They normally have little to nothing to select in the way of greeting cards to send home so Operation Write Home is a Godsend. Their families are so grateful for the beautiful cards that are hand selected by their "Heros". The organization continually strives to improve the quality of the greeting cards sent by the volunteers by way of instructional videos and weekly vlogs. Volunteers also send letters of gratitude to ensure our Heros know they are thought of and appreciated. Volunteers send money for shipping. Volunteers "triage" cards that fall apart before reaching their destination and lovingly put them together again. Operation Write Home receives fund for envelopes to use on cards of volunteers who cannot afford to supply envelopes with their donated cards. Volunteers match up cards with envelopes when needed before shipping them overseas. The President of the company, Sandy Allnock is generous, committed and dedicated to providing the highest quality greeting cards for our Heros. Our Heros only deserve the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been making cards for Operation Write Home since 2009. We make cards for troops to write in to send home to their friends and loved ones. We also send "Hero Mail," cards, letters and kids' pictures thanking our Heroes for their service. These letters are given to troops who don't get much mail, or who are going through a particularly bad time. The driving force behind this organization is a group of dedicated people lead by Sandy Allnock. The tone is set by this group - there's no politics, no negativity - it's all about helping our troops. They work tirelessly, shipping, creating samples, tutorials, sketches, post to Facebook and Twitter, film videos, weekly tv shows, blogs and vlogs. In most organizations, it would take a small army to accomplish so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started making cards for Operation Write Home in 2009. It quickly became a passion for me. We send hand-made cards to deployed troops for all branches of the service. The organization is incredibly motivating. I learned everything I needed to know from the website. There's a Facebook page where they post notes from troops and family members. There are tutorials for new and experienced cardmakers alike. We also send "hero mail," which are cards, coloring pages, notes, etc. written to any hero. They are given to troops who do note receive much mail, or who are going through a bad time. I've been able to teach card classes at work since August of 2010, and have many happy supporters there.

1 Gayle6

Donor

Rating: 5

The volunteers of this non-profit work tirelessly day in and day out to carry out their mission. There is a mountain of work involved to keep this program running smoothly and they do it gladly. I've known about this organization for a couple of years, but have recently hopped on the bandwagon as a supporter and card-maker for our troops and their loved ones. Anyone can support this worthwhile organizaion - even non-crafters. Donations help to cover shipping costs. Every dollar and every card make a difference!

2 Kim_45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to be a part of OWH. We make cards for deployed soldiers to send home to their loved ones. OWH gets a FIVE STAR rating!!! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I don't support the wars we are currently fighting abroad, I do support the heroes who are there to keep us safe. Making cards for them makes me feel that in some small way I can let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through Operation Write Home I can touch the lives of our heroes and their families in a meaningful way. I have a niece whose husband has been deployed multiple times and that is so hard on her and their three children. One card that I make will encourage a hero to write to his loved ones and the homemade card may be kept as a reminder of that connection. This is also a reliable organization that is upfront with what they do and there is constant connection with the volunteers through Facebook, blogs, and OWHtv.

2 Linda121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Servicemen and women have enough stuff to worry about. Keeping in touch with their families/friends needs to be a welcome release, not another effort. Having cards readily available helps. Thanks OWH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm deployed to Afghanistan and continue to see the impact made by Operation Write Home. We don't have a lot of time to write, so these cards with a message on the front or images that convey feelings to family, with just enough space inside to remind a wife, kids, mother/father, or others that we're doing okay and a quick update is perfect. I try to use one at least every two weeks to let my wife and baby girl know that they're on my mind all the time and are the motivation for sucess, so I can be reunited with them after a year spent in this war zone. THANK YOU OPERATION WRITE HOME!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making cards for this organization for just a few months but it is such a wonderful feeling to be able to help our service men and women who are deployed overseas. They don't always have access to cards to write home to loved ones and this organization provides beautiful cards to those service people. Their loved ones get cards that they will cherish all their lives. My mother, who is now 95, saved all the letters that my dad had written to her while serving in WW II and what a wonderful thing that is for her children and grandchildren. This is the same that these families will have for years to come, the wonderful aspect of the written word in your loved ones handwriting. I'm proud to be able to help.

1 Susan137

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been making cards for Operation Write Home for almost a year now. It is a blessing to me to be able to serve and honor our deployed troops by making cards for them to write home on. There is a positive impact on everyone involved; those of us who make cards, the troops that can write a hand written card to their family and friends, as well as the people here in the US that receive cards from their loved one so far away. Thanks to the team at OWH for all their hard work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Making cards for the men and women who are keeping our country safe will be one of my greatest pleasures. These people do not have access to cards and this wonderful organization makes it possible for them to pick and send a homemade card to their loved ones, be it a holiday, seasonal, birthday, or thinking of you cards. Just thinking of the loved ones getting these cards from their son or daughter, Mom or Dad, or special others makes me want to try and make the best cards I can. I am new at this but will improve. Operation Write Home is a wonderful non profit where good will is spread throughout our country.