Welcome to the Operation Write Home blog!
...here is where it (the bloghop) begins if you have just jumped in in the middle:
Full disclosure, I am not a normal cardmaker!
A little about me, I am a crafter/artist/soap maker/mother/gramma and wife, child of God type. The war and the active duty enlisted people have been on my mind and heart since 911 especially. Back then, I would read anysoldier.com and see the items that they would request and read their stories and pics and want to contribute in some way. It just never happened that I was able to coordinate with anysoldier but from their website I found anyhero.com, the forerunner to Operation Write Home.
Then there was Sandy, who was bending over backwards to help ME (EVERYBODY), she was supplying the envelopes so that I could save on postage, and taking cards of all kinds except the dreaded glitter cards, but even crayon drawings from kids. I felt comfortable to send in the proofs of my digital art mounted on cardstock, and...she even said Thank You!
Well, that was the hook, and I have to say Sandy's heart sort of glows, she makes it easy to be a part of this wonderful endeavor. I have progressed some, that is what happens when you hang out with really creative people, I love looking at the amazing cards that people come up with.
I know the other shippers are equally wonderful too, their's is a huge task to get these packed up and into the hands of somebody who wants to write home. But it's always Sandy who sends me that thank you email. So, thank you Sandy!
I could say I am jealous. Card making is so precise, it is such an art. This is my first attempt of actual stamped cards hand lettered, and as I look at the other cards in this bloghop I see the time and the patience and the precision that has gone into them.
But I feel welcome in the middle of all this creativity, mine being goofy or not, it takes all kinds to make a world, and I know there is a person out there who probably says "this looks just like my granny made it" when they pick up my card, and so it is good for them!
LINK TO NEXT BLOG: http:/www.owhheroblog.org This sounds so exciting, "We have one card for that blog made with an MRE package by a soldier in Afghanistan, and I'm hoping we'll get some more funny ones too!"
I am so new to this card making stuff, I don't even know what an MRE package is! That is so AWESOME... I will soon find out!
If you have just hopped over from Darlene's blog home (expressions by da, http://expressionsbyda.blogspot.com)I know you left her some love, she's an beautiful card maker! That is the wonderful thing about a bloghop... the nice things that people say. Y
Now if you are new here, and just stumbled into my blog, here's what they're all about...
"About us: Operation Write Home began in 2007 with just a few cards made by friends on a message board; what began as an outlet for a hobby has become a much larger mission to help heroes keep in touch with home - and the effort has been joined by thousands of cardmakers!
OWH receives handmade cards donated by crafters across America (and beyond!). Cardmakers range in age, location, and level of skill; cards are provided by individuals and groups, schools and scouts, companies and churches. All have one primary thing in common: a desire to serve those who defend our nation!
Cards are mailed to one of our volunteer shippers in quanities both small and large. The shippers process, sort, repair, and document each donation, and then pack and ship boxes of over 300 cards each to our contacts. Our heroes request cards (families may also request on their behalf; we serve all branches in all deployed locations.
Tax-deductible donations of any size keep this work going - from $1 to any amount - and can be included with card donations to any shipper, mailed separately, or via Paypal. Thank you for partnering with us!
Check out this page http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/p/about-owh.html for more info...but beware, you might take on a new hobby.
“Tax-deductible donations of any size keep this work going - from $1 to any amount - and can be included with card donations to any shipper, mailed separately, or via Paypal. “
You can send in a buck! …anonymously even. I love programs like this, sometimes our conscience whispers, ‘come on’ and we need to give the gift. I'm pretty sure It makes us better humans.