I can’t even begin to expressPosted by Operation Write Home on Feb 7, 2013 in Hero Blog, Hero Photos, Note from Afghanistan, Note from Soldier | 20 comments
Dear Sandy and Operation Write Home!
I can’t even begin to express the excitement and pure joy that receiving the huge box of cards from Operation Write Home brought me this past week!! It has been difficult to find tons of reasons to smile here, but your cards and organization as a whole accomplished just that! As I said in my request on your website, I am a crafty-soldier if ever one existed, and most of all I love to make cards! I had made some cards to bring out here with me to correspond with family and friends but was running low on my stock. I saw some of your donated cards at the USO here on Camp Leatherneck and grabbed a few as they were not only beautiful, but I was also needing to write some letters home! I saw the OWH stamp on the back and decided to do some research online through your website! And in some of the quickest responses I heard back through email from you and then received the HUGE box of cards I had requested! The day I got your package in the mail, I sat on my bed for about 2 hours just looking at and admiring the unbelievable cards the box contained. I was so touched, and so impressed that Americans back home would put so much effort and energy into supporting myself and other troops in such a unique way!
I am an Army ICU nurse serving here at Bastion Hospital on Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan. It is my second deployment and I wish I had known about y’all on my first…I would have been your biggest customer! I have shared your cards with lots of people from my unit here, but have thoroughly enjoyed writing lots of them myself. The first night alone I think I wrote out about 20 cards…valentines, over-due thank you’s, and just some thinking of you to those that matter the most to me! Although I know you usually replenish units every 5-6 weeks, and selfishly I would love another box of cards, I do not think that we will be able to go through another box that size again before we head home in late April. I have tons left still and would not want to hog all your beautiful cards to myself!
I seriously cannot thank you enough. If there is anyone out there who truly appreciates your cards and what your organization is doing…its me! As a female in the military, it is not often that you can enjoy some of the pleasures and hobbies of your normal “girl-life” while on deployment. But your cards did just that very thing! Keep up all your amazing work, and you know I will be donating some cards as soon as I get back home!!
***You might notice the card she’s holding…that one was made in the ICP (Interactive Cardmaking Project)!!!