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.
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,” shown in the silly vlog below, at 1:34 – 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.