Friday, May 21, 2010

{Cards for Soldiers, Part One}

The Internet is amazing. Anything you want to know, coordinate, learn about -- it's there.

I set a goal to make some cards for our troops in May. But you've gotta have a place to send
them once made, right? A Google search later, and I found this -- a blog dedicated to

This woman in New Hampshire makes and collects them for donation. Then, she sends them
-- on her own dime, mind you -- to our troops where they're stationed so they can write
home to their friends and family on homemade cards.

A quick visit to her blog reveals everything you need to know to join in:
* Her address (Cards for Soldiers, 5 Spicebush Circle, Litchfield NH 03052)
* Cards size and envelope requirements.
* Types of cards needed and the date by which she needs to receive them.
* NO GLITTER. (It can stick to the soldiers and give away their positions.)
* Postage money is welcome.
* Cards must be homemade.
* Please leave them BLANK INSIDE. You may include a personal self stick note, if desired.

So far, I've made 48 cards. I used a photo I took of an American Flag for the first two dozen.

Unfortunately, I can't send the other 24 with red, white and blue stars since I realized a little
too late that they have glitter on them. (Huge bummer.) If you know of a similar cause that
will take these, glitter and all, please let me know. I'd still like to donate them.

I'm excited to crank out a few more over the next week and a half. I plan to make the rest
general purpose (i.e., thank you, love you, miss you). What an awesome way to support our
troops and a woman in the community who is doing her best to coordinate that support. If
you decide to join in or you've done this before and have a story to share, I'd love to hear
about it. I hope you have a great day!


Lindsay Teague Moreno | 5ive Photo said...

Love the flag picture. I was thinking that the va office
might take your donation for cards or else a military hospital for injured soldiers not in battle. Very cool Sam!

Diane and Joe Baldo said...

good stuff Sam

Ale said...

I am so proud of you my friend!! What a great idea and they look lovely!
You know me, I always have a business thought. You should sell them to offices, HR always needs cards for their employees to award prizes and things like that...just an idea!
Ah! for example the Humane Society would welcome the cards, they can use them to thank donors for their support. I am super proud of you!

TruJen Phtography said...

Wow! So cool Sam! I glad you could find a special gift for that beautiful flag photo you took! It looks great.
Let us know what you'll do with the others. Total bummer but I'm sure you'll find something for them.


Killara girl said...

these are great...i wish we had the supplies to do something like this...takes a lot of coordination between 7 kids. there's also something online too...i used to have thee link

Pam said...

Hi Samara, thank you for the plus about CFS! I really appreciate it. Just an FYI on the glitter cards send them to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center with a get well/thank you note inside, that's where a lot of the injured soldiers go to heal. They will appreciate the kindness.

Thank you again for your participation and your help getting the word out!

Kristi said...

What a great project! That flag photo is spectacular

House of Foodies said...

You are truly so thoughtful!! You inspire me! Thanks for doing this and blogging about it!

carlene federer said...

good on ya Sam! love the flag pic!