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The OWH family has a big milestone to celebrate today: our ONE MILLIONTH CARD!
Since 2007, our faithful Operation Write Home cardmakers have sent in packages of cards of all sizes….from a handful in a small envelope to a full large flat rate box stuffed to the brim! It’s taken every single one of these cards to add up to reaching this amazing milestone….thank you all for your generosity, creativity, and love for our nation’s heroes! They love writing home on all these cards…just think of those million smiles at mailboxes across America! And as one of our Facebook fans said,
Finding the millionth card
During OWHtv episode 11, our president and tv hostess Sandy began opening packages on-air….to get to the millionth card, mailed on May 13, 2011 to the USS Carl Vinson, 100 more Father’s Day cards were needed to fill waiting boxes. The tension built as the count rose…which card would it be?? The viewers in chat were on pins and needles too, judging by their conversation! Watch the video episode below (first 30 minutes).
It takes a nation to make a card
The millionth card, shown here, was made by Seongsook Duncan of Sacramento, CA, one of our long time crafters and bloggers. Her blog is called Seongsook’s Creations: Show You Care with Handmade Cards from the Heart and that couldn’t be a more appropriate tag line for an OWH blogger! Each of her beautiful cards is made with great love and attention to detail, including this one.
This card sports a digi (digital stamp design – a computer file printed and used just like a stamped image) made by another of our longtime supporters, Paula Spagnuolo of Stamford CT, who blogs at Handmade by Paula: Creating Handmade Cards to help America’s heroes keep in touch with home. Paula has been very involved with OWH for years, and this digistamp design was created and posted by her on April 30th.
Another of our crafters had a hand in this card – that would be Julie Fountain of Shreveport, Louisiana, who blogs at Handmade by Julie: Up to my elbows in ink and paper! Julie posts our weekly sketches – these are design idea-starters that our crafters love to follow each Sunday! The sketch for this card was Sketch #67.
And, of course, the shipper sending this card and box is none other than Sandy Allnock of Federal Way, who blogs at A Colourful World!
Packing it up
The box to carry this millionth card had already been packed, for its trip to the Post Office! There’s a note inside on this Navy card for our Petty Officer serving on the USS Carl Vinson, telling her the story of the card and humbly requesting a photo of the card on board the ship. Our contacts don’t always have time to accomodate little requests like this, but we are hopeful the import of the millionth makes it rise to the top! The rest of the box contains 328 handmade cards to write home on, and 20 AnyHero letters in the ziploc bag – these are letters from citizens across the nation, expressing their gratitude and encouragement.
The USS Carl Vinson was selected to receive the millionth card because of the role they played in recent international events: the body of Osama bin Laden was respectfully prepared with Islamic rituals on board the ship, then buried at sea. We are so very proud of them for their part in doing this job with such respect, just like everything they do every day. Thank you, Sailors!
The box will be mailed at the Twin Lakes Post Office in Federal Way, Washington, to start its journey to the North Arabian Sea.
Please join us in celebrating the surpassing of this amazing milestone….watch our celebration video below, and leave a comment here – Please share what making cards for our heroes means to you – tell stories, link to your thoughts posted on your own blog, whatever you’d like! Share this blog post link and our video and spread the good news!