One of my best friends in this world is Susan. She has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I’ve ever met. Susan is Olivia’s mom and Will’s wife. Will has already served one tour in Iraq and is up for redeployment again. Susan sent out the following request for Christmas cards for our troops today and I am doing all I can to help her make this a HUGE success. I’ve forwarded her message to everyone in my address book. I posted this on my mom’s forum. And now I’m coming to you, my dear bloggy friends. Please help me to help her to help our troops.
Check out the details from Susan below:
I know it’s only September but it’s not too early to starting thinking about Christmas cards! This is going to everyone in my address book so if you don’t want to participate, please delete the email and sorry for the trouble. If you would like to, please email me and let me know you’re a go for spreading a HO-lotta Christmas cheer.
You may or may not know that I’m on a NATIONWIDE request for letters for our troops. I have emailed every school system nationwide and am getting a lot of good feedback and commitments for letters. Well, when sending out my request, I did not specifically ask for Christmas cards due to possible religious issues. Some teachers have asked about it and I’ve told them yes, it’s fine. So, now I’m reaching out to all of you for some additional Christmas cheer. There are going to be approximately 150,000 troops deployed over the Christmas season PLUS those who are being treated at various VA hospitals throughout the country and overseas. If everyone I’ve sent this to will go to the dollar store and buy one box of 20 cards, sign them and send them to me, I will have received over 1600 cards! If you don’t want to sign any, that’s fine. You can still participate by sending me UNSIGNED cards to send to the soldiers for THEM to sign and mail back home. Better yet, do both 🙂
The note is simple: Thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas. The best thing: You can put the same thing in every card.
I will challenge you…I have 250 Christmas cards on order for me to sign and mail. If everyone sends me 20 plus my 250 that will put us at over 1,900 cards! That’s 1,900 service members who will have a special note at Christmas time.
Buying the cards at the dollar store will cost you $1, maybe $2 for postage and 30 minutes of time…how can you say no?
For UNSIGNED cards, I need them no later than October 10. It takes 2-3 weeks to reach the soldiers and then probably 3 weeks to get them back to the U.S. due holiday mail slow downs.
SIGNED cards I will need no later than November 10 to sort and get mailed by the end of November. Don’t forget to have your kids draw pictures, too! If you include your address in the card, you may get a reply back! I can’t guarantee it but it’s a possibility. It’s fabulous to get a letter back from them. Makes my heart skip a beat every time.
*No postage necessary on the individual cards. These are going to be included in care packages or will be sent in a large envelope to different units.
*You can seal them or not – it doesn’t matter.
*You can address them to “Dear Hero” or something along those lines. I stray from “Dear Soldier” because they go to Marines, airmen and sailors, too.
*No need to put an address on the outside of the envelope, unless you want to put yours in the return address spot. Like I mentioned, they will be shipped to groups of individuals in one large envelope.
Let me know if anyone has any other questions.
I look forward to a HO-lotta “YES, COUNT ME IN” replies.
Thanks in advance –
****Now, I deleted her home address from this post because I don’t want crazies showing up at her house. But if you’d like to help just leave a comment or email me and I’ll hook you up. Thank you so much! Y’all ROCK!