Saturday, November 24, 2007

OPERATION: LOVE FROM HOME 2007

NOTE: THIS POST WILL STAY ON TOP UNTIL NOVEMBER 24, 2007. NEW POSTS WILL FOLLOW BELOW.


OK, here we go again..... time to collect cards for our Heroes overseas!! Last year, thanks to all of you working together, over 20,000 (yes, that's TWENTY THOUSAND) Christmas/holiday cards were shipped to our troops in harm's way. Let's do it again this year! I know we can!!! Our heroes need us now more than ever -- let's show them our love & appreciation!

OPERATION: LOVE FROM HOME


During this holiday season, let's show our troops we love and support them!

From OCTOBER 1 to NOVEMBER 24, I will be collecting holiday cards for troops stationed 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. [Click HERE to read what one of the soldiers who was a past recipient of Operation Love From Home has to say about how important it is to hear from us back home! :) ]

Send your signed, unsealed holiday cards to:

Mrs. Kathy Orr
OPERATION: LOVE FROM HOME
P.O. Box 1660
Loganville, Georgia, 30052

The cards can be handmade or store-bought. 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: LoveFromHome@Gmail.com

*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 troopsknow 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 LoveFromHome@Gmail.com. You can also join my Yahoo group to receive regular updates on the card drives --http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveFromHome


Also, please note: this is an individual effort done separately from any organization I may be affiliated with.
Here is a post about last year's Love From Home total: click here. Even after I posted this, I got a couple thousand more cards... so we hit and even exceeded the 20,000-card goal! :)

14 comments:

mrks said...

Hi, there. Came over from AD's blog. Having a 16yr old daughter who can hardly wait to enlist, she and I, both want to send a bunch of cards! She would like to know if there are specific names listed somewhere, or to just address them to "Servicemen & women". I'm going to get started writing right now!
Thanks for doing this....I know it means alot. My brother served in the first Gulf war, and he was touched by the people that wrote to him during that short time.

Kat said...

Thanks for coming by, mrks! :) To answer your daugher's question ~ just generic "to our hero" or "to a serviceman/woman" is fine -- i will divide the cards up amongst the soldiers our family has adopted, and they will share them with their units, etc. :) Thanks so much for your participation! :) Anything you can do to get the word out would be GREATLY appreciated!

mrks said...

Also, did you want them in envelopes?

Kat said...

Envelopes or not doesn't matter - they'll be bundled up in boxes, not shipped one by one. :) If you do put them in envelope, make sure to leave the envelope unsealed -- every single card is read before it is shipped. :)

Snigglefrits said...

Great thing you're doing! Like mrks, I'm here via AD's blog.

My kids are excited about doing this, especially my son. Thanks for the opportunity to give back a tiny bit to our heroes. :-)

Farmgirl said...

AD got me over here, and I'm going to be buying a few packs of cards to fill out and send. Thanks for providing the means to get them there!

I'll also be posting a few fliers and telling people about it, to spread the word outside of the blogosphere!

Snigglefrits said...

My kids pitched the idea of making this a school project to both their principals today. With a bit of luck and cooperation, we may be sending you over 500 cards.

Kat said...

Way cool! Kid-cards are the BEST! Keep us posted! :) I emailed one of my kids' teachers yesterday...never did get an answer. :-/

mrks said...

Hey Kat, Sent a bunch over yesterday (well, only about 15 or so) but didn't know we could put return addresses on them. I did put a return address on the big envelope they were sent in(Stanko family). Do you think if I sent you some labels with our address on it, you could put them on the cards? If not, it's ok....we'll send some more! My Air Force bound teenager would love to correspond with any soldier! Thanks for all you are doing!

Kat said...

mrks, awesome! Thanks SO much! if you send the lables like, NOW, lol, with a note re: which package they go with, I can do that. But don't wait too long, because once this thing takes off and I'm getting dozens of boxes in the mail a day (i hope i hope... please God! :) ) I won't have time to. But right now, yeah, I can do that. :)

YOU ROCK!

And, if your family is interested in adopting a soldier personally long term, I highly recommend checking out: www.SoldiersAngels.org, www.Adoptaplatoon.org and www.WebofSupport.com. :)

Detail Medic said...

God Bless! I'll be sending whatever I can. Keep us posted on how things are going. I think I can be pretty sure I speak for my firehouse when I say that we support our troops!

alison w said...

Hi, just wanted to let you know we mailed our package to you on 11/10/07. Please let me know if you don't get it within the next few days? P.O. said it should take approx 4 days but w/the holiday it may be delayed. Thanks for all you do....
Alison W.
Barnstable Co. Sheriff's Office

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