I just learned about this organisationand couldn’t believe my eyes. This is a military-support group that provides home-made cards from volunteers like me to troops to write home with.
Basically, you’ve got a servicemember out in the field who may not have the resources to send something nice home to family, friends, or other loved ones – Hallmark stores might not be found in the mountains of Afganistan, on a submarine in the middle of the Pacific ocean, or in a jungle in Peru. So in comes Operation Write Home (http://www.operationwritehome.org) with this great solution.
I’m not gonna lie, I am TOTALLY jazzed about volunteering for several reasons:
- I love stationery, paper, embellishments, and my delightful new cricut machine
- I love making cards, writing cards, and receiving cards
- I think my family receive enough of them from me (oh, yeah, I’m THAT relative)
- I want to support Matt’s (new) employers
- I want Matt to know (in my indirectly direct way) that I support him and everything he does
- I want Matt to write me whenever he’s out in the field
One might think that the servicemember using one of the cards I make benefits them . . . well, it does . . . but it benefits me too. I get the rare opportunity to bring a little sunshine into someone’s day with my nerdy interests.
Operation Write Home
Each of our boxes of blank cards is topped off with a bag of “AnyHero” mail
These are cards and letters (or, with kids they can be coloring pages) from people across America with messages of gratitude and encouragement inside. We call them “AnyHero” letters because they’re going to be given out by our contacts to those who get little or no mail. If they were “Any Soldier” they would have to go to the Army, so we keep away from branch-specific language.
CHRISTMAS LETTERS need to arrive at our shippers by Nov 30 2012.
How long does it have to be?
These notes can be short or long; we get folks who write 2-3 page letters, others who jot a note in a storebought notecard, and kids who draw elaborate pictures or color downloaded pictures for our heroes to display. All are welcome!If you choose to use a storebought card with a sentiment inside, please jot a short note along with it instead of just signing it.
Who do I write it to?
You can start your letter “Dear hero,” “To and American hero,” or a variation – or simply start with “Hello!” We use the term hero instead of soldier because then the letters can apply to any branch of the armed services.
Can it be typed?
Handwritten really gives these letters a personal touch; you can keep it short if you don’t want to handwrite a lot!
Does it need to be stamped on the back or have an envelope?
Neither are needed, but you may do both; the letters are placed in a ziploc bag on the top of our cards. Please don’t seal the envelopes, as our shippers review all mail before it’s sent.
Can I get others involved?
Sure! Letter writing is a great community activity; we’ve had schools, corporate offices, holiday parties, all sorts of groups have had cardsignings. We’ve even had folks set up a table at a local store or art festival and invite people to write a note to a hero, and some have carried postcards on flights to ask other passengers to sign them. You’ll be amazed at how many people would enjoy writing a note.
What should I talk about in a letter?
Anything! Thank them. Tell them the freedoms you’re grateful for. Share your life with them if you wish – describe your family, community, hobbies. They love to hear that life is going on well here at home – so send them a news clipping about a happy story in your hometown, or a cartoon that will make them smile. Tell them your pet’s latest antic.
What should I NOT talk about in a letter?
Politics, negative news, anger about the war or society. Our heroes need positive encouragement, so save these views for the water cooler Please read the Schools and Scouts page if you’ve got children writing letters so you can help guide them.
Where do I send my letters?
Mail them to one of our shippers listed in the Mailroom. Click here to get your regional shipping address
Do I need to include anything else when I mail my letters?
Please be sure to enclose a completed Packing Slip, so we can let you know they arrived safely. Click here to download packing slipReposted via operationwritehome.org
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