As you can see, we receive packages of all shapes and sizes. Mostly flat rate packaging (one price no matter the weight or distance), but many other types as well! So now that you’ve got your cards made with lots of TLC, go through this simple checklist, tape up that box, and label it with your shipper’s address!
Are they stamped on the backs? Operation Write Home (the full name, not OWH) needs to be on the back of every card so our heroes and their families can find us on the web. You can handwrite it, use a label, print from your computer, have your own stamp made, purchase a self-inking stamp, or request a free red rubberstamp. Text is fine, it doesn’t have to be the logo. Plus you can use your own personal stamp (with or without your contact info) on the backs as well as listing our name.
Got liners? If you’ve used dark card bases, white or a light color liners are needed! Our heroes may only have a pencil to write with – so even some Kraft paper needs a liner. Test it out to decide.
Sorted? Placing cards in a box by theme is a huge help to the shipper. Marking AnyHero mail is also a huge help! Some folks put a slip of paper between themes, a paper band around each group, or rubber bands to mark them for the shipper. Plastic bags are okay, however they make a lot of plastic for landfills. We can recycle paper.
Packed securely? Bubble packs, manila envelopes, and boxes are all fine ways to ship. Note that sleeves are not needed (and are removed) – just add a little bubble wrap, paper, or other packing material to keep your cards from bouncing around and crumbling in the package. Some folks put a paper band around themes to keep them secured as well. The best packing filler: AnyHero mail!
Tucked? Envelopes for A2 cards are required, and having cards arrive tucked and ready to go assures your cards can be mailed out quickly and saves the shipper hours of labor. There are two versions of a proper “tuck,” – and it actually shows both version of the tucks. Cards folding along the short side go entirely into the envelope. If the’re not stamped on the back, please don’t tuck at all, since they’ll need to be removed and stamped anyway….but with the free stamp listed above, you’ll be stamping, we know!
Completed your packing slip? To get credit for your tax-deductible donation of cards and funds, you must send along a completed packing slip. Even if you’re a ‘regular,’ we need to have the count of cards and all information for our records. Place any donation in an envelope and/or attach it to the packing slip so it doesn’t get lost! (A vlog in fall 2011 addressed the packing slips here! Prepare to giggle!) Tip: Keep a copy of your packing slips so you can track the number of cards made throughout the year. You’ll receive a year-end summary in January with the total number of cards and financial donations for your taxes.