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Thursday, July 01, 2010

CARDS 4 OUR TROOPS

THERE ARE NO HALLMARK STORES IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ (YES...WE STILL HAVE TROOPS THERE) !

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I currently need Cards 4 Our Troops Kids by 07/01/11.... ! All Deadline Dates for 2011 are at end of post......Check FACEBOOK page for updates.

{PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CAREFULLY....I REALLY NEED THE CARDS TO BE DONE AS I HAVE ASKED....I DO THIS BY MYSELF & NEED YOUR HELP TUCKING THE FLAPS & CARD BACKS INTO THE ENVELOPES....I'M SPENDING HOURS DOING THIS & NOT GETTING TO MAKE CARDS MYSELF}. It would also be very helpful if you can put 2 cards in a ziplock...leave ziplock open tho so I can enclose a note plus 2 All Occasion Cards.

I am a Former Army Mom/a Blue Star Mom. My only son (our only child actually) is now a US ARMY Veteran. In March 2007 I started sending cards overseas to the troops in care packages. I have made arrangements to send the cards in care packages. All Occasion Cards (Love You, Thinking of You, Hello, Friend, Missing you, Birthday & kids, etc. ) for them to send to their children/loved ones at home/something they can personalize) are always needed .....I have been getting requests for Get Well cards that can be sent to injured buddies too....packages are sent monthly so send cards as you would like. I will be taking any store bought cards I get to the local VA Hospitals & Fisher House. Can also use donations of envelopes & cardstock always as well as card front from greeting cards you have received & aren't keeping so we can recycle into new cards. BIG NEED RIGHT NOW IS PRIORITY MAIL & REGULAR POSTAGE as I am getting alot of requests for more cards from the troops & always want to comply.

Cards should be blank inside for the service member to write inside to their loved ones (their words are better than anything you can stamp out usually), must be with regular envelopes...,
tuck the flap into the envelope
(no clear envelopes please),
then tuck the back of the card inside envelope too.
Also, if you use dark paper please put light color insert so they can write on that. We always want Thank you cards from you TO the troops....with a personal note inside (thank you for your service, you are in my prayers, hope you come home to your loved ones soon, etc, No hope you don't get shot, etc.). Due to security issues these envelopes (envelopes are not required for the thank you cards to them if you don't want to put them in one) must be unsealed. Must have Cards 4 Our Troops Kids for the next packing by July 1st as well as All Occasion cards (which I need year 'round). You may use your email address as your hallmark on the back of the card if you like. This would be a great way to use the swap cards you accumulate.If you are interested in participating please email me with any questions you may have or to ask for the address to mail the cards to: pfcrensmom-cardsfortroops at yahoo dot com (change the -at- to @ or click the link & PLEASE DON'T DISRESPECT THE TROOPS BY USING THIS EMAIL TO SEND SPAM!). This is a year round project.

2011 Card Deadlines....

7/1/11 Cards 4 Our Troops Kids (cards to send home to kids)
8/5/11 All Occasion (Thank you cards and letters of appreciation in observance of 9-11 (10th anniversary)
9/2/11 Halloween (no body parts or ghoulish PLEASE)
10/1/11 Thanksgiving
11/4/11 Christmas Cards (NO GOLD STARS)
00/00/11 Winter /New Years Cards

Thanks to the Troops are welcome all year....take a moment to let them know how you feel about them....also All Occasion Cards (as generic as possible)

10 comments:

Wanda. said...

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rpp said...

Debbi,

Sorry it took me so long to see your comment and respond (from my blog) but here is where I found that stamp. I bought them off of an ebay store/seller called crazy-mountain-stamps
The seller's name on ebay is crzystamps
Hope this helps-they had a few soldier "sillouette" type stamps.

What fun with sending cards to the troops! Good luck with everything!!
Robyn Bobbin Bobobbin

Totally Army Mom said...

I wish I had your talent at card-making.
Ben got his card from you the other day and just loves it. Thank you! Thank you!

Debbie said...

I found your blog through "flatfish". Can the cards be Hallmark? or do they have to be handmade? Debbie

Lisa said...

Hey Debbi

Like Debbie I found out about the card making through "flatfish".

I've made 63 Christmas cards (followed your instruction to a tee!) and would like to know how to get them to you.

Also is it ok to use something use besides our email address as our hallmark? That's one stamp I dont have and I'm not looking forward to writing my email on the back of each..hehe

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you!!!

Lisa Ogawa
lwebster at gmail dot come

Totally Army Mom said...

Hi Debbi,
Thanks for the website link. Very interesting stuff!

Ben is back in TX as of yesterday. I will post his address as soon as I find out what it is. lol!!

Hope things are well with your son.
Love,
Alicia :-)

Flatfish said...

Myt first set (100) are on their way. I hope to have another package ready to mail off in the morning.

Lisa

Clear Card said...

Thanks for the post and your cards are really nice. I think this is the inspirational stuff scene to be here. I am looking for some more cards from you .

ktek said...

I found your blog through the Pleasant Memories website. Although I don't know anyone in the armed forces I very much appreciate the sacrifices they make for us daily.

I don't know if I could make 100, like some of the ladies have posted, but I would like to make cards for the troops. I live not too far from you and could drop them off, if that is not feasible I can put them in the mail. Please let me know where I can send them.

Debbi (no 'e' on the end) said...

Ktek....when I click on your says profile not available. If you would like to participate please email me so we can make arrangments for you to get cards to me.

Thanks,
Debbi

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