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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.