Received by a cardmaker:
Dear Ms C,
I wanted to write you a short note of thanks for your work with Operation Write Home. I am deployed to Forward Operating Base Union III in Baghdad, Iraq. I recently picked up one of the cards you made to send a note a friend. I appreciate being able to send a nice card rather than just a simple letter, and I’m sure my friend will appreciate receiving it as well. I know it will cheer her as she recovers from an upcoming medical procedure.
I trust you’ll have a blessed Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas. Thank you again for donating your time and talent to make these beautiful cards–they make it easier to stay in touch with family and friends while deployed.
Thank you sooo much for all the cards and support you have given to us here while deployed. You all put a smile on a soldier’s face every time I open a new box of cards. Please pass on our thanks to all the many volunteers that have given of their time, creating such great work.
We should be leaving here in about 90 days or so. I will be sure and pass on your card to anyone else that may be here in Iraq.
Once again, thank you!
I just want to let you know the guys here are loving the cards. I bet 5 go out a day! I’ve heard stories about how their kids look for them in the mail and get more excited about the cards than the phone calls!
It really is a great organization – thanks from all of us!
I wish I could have gotten on film the reaction of the 12 people in our office when your first box arrived at Balad, Iraq three weeks ago. Young or old, male or female, single or married – it made no difference. Everyone was so impressed (and grateful) for the gift we had been given!
It should be noted too that, of the 350 cards, we are down to less than 75!
Along with that box I also remember there being a note saying another box would be shipped in about six weeks. And that is why I am writing today.
Due to drawdown of forces here, we are being relocated by the end of October. Therefore, I wanted to ask if it would be possible to change the ‘ship-to’ address of the next box.
With much thanks,
Thank you for all the wonderful cards you have sent our clinic. They have gone to great use.
We will not be able to receive any more packages after this one so I just wanted to let you know how awesome it was to have the chance to use those handmade cards!
Your support is greatly appreciated by all.
I received the box of cards, and my unit loved them-thank you! I think the girls pick thru and hoard them, but as long as they are being used it is a great project!
Jason got his cards and even sent me one…what a great guy!
I leave Iraq around Thanksgiving and we have no back fill since we are pulling out of the country. Jason will remain in Afgah until late February and will have a unit replace him so I will be sure to get a name so you can keep the cards going to that location if you want. Maybe the Chaplain or something!
(Jason is Kristy’s husband.)
Sorry I didn’t get a chance to send this email earlier, I have been in the middle of moving to another base as our current office is closing in a few days. I want to let you know that the cards meant a lot to us here, you wouldn’t believe the rush to the box when I tell everyone the cards have arrived. The office has since been split up but I just want to say on behalf of all of us, thank you and your staff for giving us a piece of home. THANK YOU.
I’ve been on three deployments now and I’m finishing (hopefully) the last few months now. I have to say thank you SO much for the incredible cards your organization provides troops. We have email, skype, and phone services, but there is something irreplaceable to get something in the mail that a loved one touched and then sent home for the family to open. My girls are 11 and 13 years old and more tech savvy than my husband or I ever will be. Regardless, they still love getting something in the mail from me, especially since letters rarely come to them.
Please keep it up for the folks in Afghanistan. I’m leaving Iraq hopefully forever, but I know how much those servicemembers appreciate them because I know how much those cards mean to me.
LTC E.C.S, Baghdad
I just received another box and wanted to thank you for your support. These boxes are a big hit here in Al Asad, Iraq. I have lots of soldiers, sailors, Army, Navy, Air Force who go through it and use them up. Things are going well here. I’m on my 11th month and have 4 more to go.