Friday, September 29, 2006

Operation: Love From Home: First Public Event

Well, today, September 30, is a big day for Operation: Love From Home. Today is my first appearance at a public event for the sole purpose of gathering signed holiday cards for the troops! The local Elk's Lodge is having its annual bazaar today from 8am to 3 pm. The Greater Grayson Chamber of Commerce is going to have a booth there - a booth which they ever so graciously offered to share with me for Operation: Love From Home. :) So.... I'm finally ready to go. I made my display sign (using Christmas pictures "The Outlaw" sent me last year when they got their Christmas cards & goodies that I shipped over), printed up close to 250 flyers, and made about 30 more cards for folks to sign. Altogether I have about 150-something cards ready for signing (no, I didn't make all of them - a lady at church gave me some she made, too!). I'm also taking along some rubber stamps and my cardstock so I can make some super-quickie cards in the event I run low!

Anyway, I'll be getting up at like 6 a.m. (on a Saturday! Eeek!). I'm supposed to be at the Elk's lodge at 7:30 to set up. From 8 to 3, I'll be at the Bazaar. Then, I've got to run by the Loganville Verizon Wireless store & drop off some flyers, a mess of Christmas cards, and a festively-decorated collection box. Then, I have to run by The CoffeeHouse in Loganville and do the same... oh yeah - and get some COFFEE while I'm there! Then I'm going to come home that evening and theoretically, work on my huge geology project I have due, or take the quiz I need to take, or even study for midterms... naaahhh... who am I kidding? I'll do all that SUNDAY. Tomorrow night, I'm SLEEPIN'! ;-)

Nighty-night, all! I'll share pics and stories tomorrow or sunday! :) Info on Operation: Love From Home is below, for anyone who may have missed it:


During this holiday season, let's show our troops we love and support them!!!! From September 30 to November 30, I will be collecting holiday cards for troops stationed in high-combat areas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Being away from home and living in harsh conditions during the holiday season is especially difficult ~ they need to know we have not forgotten them!!! Mail from home helps to keep our troops' morale strong, making a very real difference in their lives.

Send your signed, unsealed holiday cards to:

Mrs. Kathy Orr
P.O. Box 1660
Loganville, Georgia, 30052

The cards can be handmade or store-bought... for that matter, they don't even have to be cards; a hand-written or typed letter is just as wonderful! This is a great opportunity to get your Scout troop, school, church and other civic organizations involved in doing something to show support for our troops.

If you wish to send an email greeting (which will be printed off and mailed along with the holiday cards), please send an email to:

**IMPORTANT GUIDELINES: This is not a "dating service" of any type. Please do not send suggestive or otherwise inappropriate cards or materials. Please also refrain from making political statements of any nature. I will be reading and screening every card received to ensure that the above guidelines are adhered to. Remember: This is strictly to let the troops know that we love them, we are proud of them and that we HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN them! If you have any questions, please contact me at


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