I received the first box of cards this week from your group. Thank you to all of your organization that helped create them. Now my Airmen have no excuse to not write home to their loved ones.
Thank you again,
I received your package of cards the other day, and wanted to say thank you once again. Given cards are not readily available here and our predominately male organization typically waits until the last minute to acquire cards (hard to multi-task), Operation Write Home is a great concept to keep us out of trouble with our loved ones back home. This week is somewhat a bitter-sweet for me, as I re-deploy back home later this week. This does not mean the cards should stop however…my replacement will be at the same address, and will want to continue receiving them.
Again thanks for your support…otherwise we would fall short.
We just got our new box of cards…they go like hotcakes!! Every card you have sent has been claimed…We really love them!
Thank you for the Operation Write Home Box and card. They are placed in a high traffic area where the mail clerks for the Wing actually go in to pick up mail for their units and a customer service area for public affairs. We have a free mail drop right outside that office, so people will pick up some cards and use them. They are all so beautiful!
Thanks for what you do for our service members to have a nice way to keep in touch with families and friends back at home. I think it is truly wonderful!
T.M.T., Capt, USAF
I’ve given every card away you sent out the last time–people are actually asking for more. I can only imagine that with the holidays coming, folks will definitely use the next batch, too. The comments from back home are tremendous–such amazing cards!
Consider me your advocate–you’ve even inspired many to re-learn the art if writing in an age of instant communication. Thanks again and I’m happy for the oversight. Looking forward to the next batch.
Note: I’ve saved this letter for today, Thanksgiving Day. Please sit and read this note, hear his heart, and know that there are many who feel this gratitude for YOU, cardmakers and donors – be grateful they are out there serving, even today. I’d even suggest writing AnyHero mail with your families after dinner….just to remember what keeps our nation free. -Sandy
Ms. Sandy Allnock-
I would like to thank you for the box of cards that you mailed to me. As always, the cards are impressive. Also, the personal note and mascot was a nice addition to the package. In appreciation for you, and the Operation Write Home organization, I have a special gift that I will mail to you when I return home.
I am a Chinook helicopter pilot assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Drum, NY. In May, we flew the largest air assault mission that the 10th Mountain Division has flown during this rotation, 13 helicopters supported the operation. The mission lasted four days in one of the most dangerous locations in Eastern Afghanistan. On the first day of the mission–Memorial Day–I flew a few dozen American flags onboard a CH-47F Chinook. I would like to send one to your organization, and one to you.
Along with the flag, I will accompany a certificate. If you are okay with it, I would like to dedicate your flag to Ciara. I too have an old furry friend at home who is almost 11 years old. His name is Bear and he has been supporting my wife and children for over three years of me being deployed. My wife and I adopted Bear a few months before my first deployment to Iraq in 2004. The picture you sent of Ciara brought a huge smile to my face, and joy to my heart. It filled me with great memories of my ‘best friend,’ who is watching over my family back home. I have hung the picture of Ciara in my room to keep me company for the next few months of this deployment.
I learned of your organization by chance. During the first month of this deployment I was assigned to a remote outpost. I did not have internet and was unable to communicate with my family. It was the first time in my deployment history that I felt stranded. Not to mention, this was my first deployment with two little girls back home. To make things worse for me, our unit was receiving daily mortar and rocket attacks from the local village, and many of my friends were getting seriously hurt. It was a difficult time for me; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
One day, while sifting through boxes of donations–bath items, snacks, and books–I came across a few greeting cards. I immediately went to the chaplain, and requested as many cards as he could find. Miraculously he brought me a large box of your beautiful handmade cards. While assigned to this remote base, I wrote multiple cards home to my family every day. This may sound cheesy, or absurd, but sending those cards home gave me comfort and confidence during the hardest and scariest month of my life. If it weren’t for that box of cards, I am not sure how I would have made it through that tough time.
My time at that outpost ended shortly after Memorial Day. I was reassigned to a more stable location and now get to communicate with my family multiple times per week. For me, the flags I flew on Memorial Day are symbolic of the most overwhelming time of my life. They are a reminder of my two friends that were killed and the nine others that returned home with wounds in just 30 days. I hope and pray that you and OWH feel honored to have the flag on display.
I have been reassigned to Bagram Air Field and I now get to talk to my family on the phone and see them on the computer. However, over the past four months I have continued to send cards to my wife and girls every few days. My wife tells me that the walls of my girl’s rooms are covered with cards from their daddy. I know when I get home the cards will come down and find their way to a box in the garage. But I also know that someday my little angels will grow up and get to read the cards from their father, reminding them how much I missed and needed them during this deployment.
Please express my gratitude to all the volunteers that donate their time and effort to make these cards for Soldiers deployed. The cards are beautiful and the love and effort put into making them is evident. As for the box that you sent to me, I pulled out some of my favorites–to include a doggie card that I sent to Bear (his first)–and have shared the remaining with the local Chaplains to spread to Soldiers across the theater. In my heart, I hope that this box of cards makes it to someone at an outpost that is unable to call or communicate with their loved ones. Hopefully, they too can find comfort in writing home.
MAJOR A.B., US Army
I wanted to send a sincere thank you to your organization. I’m a military wife and my husband is on his 4th deployment currently serving in Afghanistan. This deployment is significantly different for us because we now have a baby daughter. To my surprise my husband has had the opportunity to send my daughter and myself hand written notes on cards provided by Operation Write Home. These notes are something she and I will treasure for years to come and as she gets older she will have tangible items from her dad’s time at war. He has already sent a Halloween, Thanksgiving and birthday card to her in advance since he is missing all of her “firsts” this year. Thank you again from a very grateful military wife.
I just wanted to write and say thank you for the cards. I run the Legal Assistance Office at Kandahar Airfield. We help Soldiers with both personnel and personal legal issues. In other words, people come to me because they are having problems either in the military or in their personal life. I always have a box of cards out and have found that they help cheer people up. The first box you sent me is gone, and I am sure that the cards have brought a lot of joy to family and friends of those Soldiers back home.
I just want you to know that I appreciate what you and your members do. You make being in Afghanistan that much easier and you help us stay in touch with our loved ones back home. In addition to putting them out for Soldiers at the Legal Assistance Office, I have also been using the cards to keep in touch with my niece. She is 5 and just learning how to read, so she gets the cards and then reads them (her mother wrote me an email and said how nice it is to hear her sound out the words).
I am out of Camp Lejeune, NC. It is always a pleasure to receive your box of cards! They are quite lovely. Thank you!
You cards are certainly a hit as folks spend quite some time going through them before making their selection.
Again, thank you!
A box of your lovely cards was shared with the members of my base. Thank you very much for your dedication, generosity, and love you put into each of these cards for us. Due to my frequent deployments, this year will be the second in a row that I’ve missed my wedding anniversary and my daughter’s birthday. But thanks to your beautifully hand-crafted cards, I’ll be able to send a token of my love home.
May god bless you all!
P.P., Major, USAF