We have a new shipper for our area for Operation Write Home, her name is Caro, and she will be at the shop on March 10, so we thought this would be a good time to ask you to get busy and make some cards for her to pick up and send to the troops. In the past we have had lots of cards, but we seem to have slacked off with our donations lately, so maybe now that the holidays are over we could get back on the bandwagon!
For those of you that are not familiar with this wonderful organization, here is a little background info:
Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.
This merry band of thousands of card makers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and in the spring of 2010 we passed one MILLION cards!
Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and card makers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the home front.
Boxes are shipped through every week of the year, so join us anytime in sending your beautiful creations to help our heroes keep in touch with home!
There are a few guidelines to keep in mind. It looks like a long list, but most of it is really common sense:
No glitter. It's a safety hazard for our heroes, so no cards with any glitter that will flake off the card are accepted. Read more.
A2 sized cards only. 4.25" x 5.5" - half a sheet of cardstock - fit the boxes most economically. Read more.
Line cards made with dark cardstock. If a pencil won't show up, add a liner. Read more.
Limit multiples. No more than 30 for holiday seasonal cards; no more than 100 for year-round cards. Read more.
Any quantity is ok. One, a bunch, or a box full; however we need quality, not quantity. Read this note about reduced quantities now that Iraq deployments are ending.
SOME lumpiness is okay. Our heroes don't have to pay for letter mail, but that doesn't mean we can go wild with layers and embellishments. Save the big vintage buttons and thick 3D embellishments for AnyHero mail that doesn't have to go through the postal system!
DO NOT handwrite sentiments. Neither outside or inside the cards. Read more.
Use quality supplies. Computer paper, foamies, itty bitty stickers, and glue sticks don't hold up to the rigors of the battlefront. It's ok to make fewer cards with better supplies - every card counts! :) (Children's AnyHero cards are the exception; foamies are just fine for those!)
Kids must make AnyHero cards ONLY. Most children have the want-to but not the able-to when it comes to making cards that our heroes will want to write home on. Read more.
Card themes. Remember who's sending these: adults. No cards to Daddy, no "wish you were here," or party invitations; no explicit images or sentiments. See the Needs page for a list of desired themes.
Absolutely no store bought. Neither complete cards, NOR cards repurposing parts of them. It endangers our trademark.
For more information and answers to any questions you may have, go to their website - OperationWriteHome.org - and we look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!