A few special notes regarding holiday cards:
- With the reductions in overseas deployments, we need fewer cards. (We still need a lot, but much less than before.) Therefore please take your time, and focus on quality over quantity. We get a lot of cards tossed together as multiples – speed is no longer an issue, so we can take time to play and really get creative now!
- If you’re making a lot of cards for any season, multiples OR just a large number, remember to get your cards in TWO WEEKS BEFORE any posted deadlines; sending a couple hundred cards right at the deadline really makes it nearly impossible to get your cards mixed in the last couple boxes!
- Make “general” cards that can also be used for a holiday – those are the MOST useful to our heroes. Love cards during Valentines season, spring flowers at Eastertime, snowmen at Christmas. No sentiment gives the card a longer shelflife and makes it more flexible for our heroes’ use.
Valentines – due Dec 31, 2011
This is the 2nd most popular card to send…so let’s get lots into the hands of our heroes! It’s especially helpful to have LOVE cards – that don’t say “Happy Valentines Day” – then if our heroes don’t use them before the holiday, they can send them anytime. Please note your VALENTINES separately from your LOVE cards – that helps our shipper sort them into the right piles without opening every card to see what the inner sentiment might say.
St Patricks – due Feb 1
Though we do send out a few St Patty’s Day cards – we’ve never gotten one request for St Pat’s cards, and we’ve gotten some surprised comments like, “Wow you even send St Patty’s cards!” Please limit quantities to no more than 50. NO references to alcohol due to the local cultures these cards will be sent to.
Easter – due Feb 15
Bunnies and chicks, as well as religious cards are welcome! Please separate “spring” from “Easter” in your packages, as we want to be certain anything for Easter specifically gets mailed in time.
Mother’s Day – due March 31
It’s not too early to start thinking about Mom and Dad cards! Consider sending in a half dozen of these while sending in your other spring cards, just to get our stash built up for the first Moms Day boxes! Also – if you can separate your cards out so that the ones that say “Happy Mother’s Day” are separate from the ones that say “Love you Mom”, that helps us be able to get the Mother’s Day cards targeted to mail first, and fill in with the general ones!