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#1 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:48:00 PM(UTC)
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General Use
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Mother’s Day
Now through March 15th




We are going to take another 3 weeks or so and work on Mother’s Day and more all occasion cards.
Let’s use some more of that never ending stash. Where does it all come from? Seems like the more we use, the more we accumulate.
These are the general use themes most requested by the troops. Birthday, Anniversary and Thinking of You cards for children, spouses and sweethearts

If you have questions about shipping, it is best to direct it to your shipper by pm. If you just need the address you can request that info on the thread. Several of the regulars are able to answer that and other general questions, sometimes faster.
East coast .. imnchghere (Pat)
West coast & Mountain … Phyllis
Central… RGK (Renate)

PLEASE keep the embellishments limited. If it makes a lump in the envelope it is too thick. Layers are ok, but use the thinner pop dots and try to keep it to one. Also watch the sizes of buttons and brads. Skittles are discouraged and NO glitter. Stickles and other glitter glues are ok.

* * * * For those of you who are new, let me explain how this works.

We have heard from spouses and family members of our deployed soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, how much they enjoy getting a nice card in the mail. Since there is no card shop in the neighborhood shopping center, we are the next best thing. We have been told the PX/BX/NEX run out of cards quickly and that having nice cards to send home to family is a great moral booster.

Make cards in any way that you want. All different, all the same, or a mix of both. Just leave the inside blank to give the soldiers room to write home in and include envelopes. NO stamp necessary, (soldiers get free mail when deployed.)
A2 size cards are the most efficient to package up and ship (300+ will fit in a box), however all sizes are fine and appreciated. Do what you are comfortable with and again have fun. Try not to have thick embellishments and glitter is discouraged for the safety of the troops. We are told it can get on their clothing and be seen with night vision goggles.

***NOTE there is a FAQ thread with answers in this forum. Please refer to it if you have any questions.

When you sign up you will sign up for how many you want to do 15,30,45,100. whatever # works for you. You will also tell us what time zone you are in. The time zone will tell us to whom you will ship your cards to when you are finished.

That shipper will then compile all the cards and send them to units on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other bases. Each time zone has 1 or 2 units (a unit is 120-160 soldiers) to ship to.

Shipping is an expense to us that all the shippers have taken on out of their own pocket. However if you want to donate a dollar or two for shipping expense overseas then we welcome that. All money donated goes to pay for shipping to the units. YOU DO NOT have to donate any money to participate in this project.

If you have any qualms or questions about what we are doing with Cards for Soldiers, please ask in the thread. There are several great ladies that help keep this going and are always around.

Thank you for joining us and for standing behind our troops.
~~ pat (imnchghere)
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#2 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 5:49:16 PM(UTC)
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Tally Sheet

EAST

bklynborn - 65
Nana22Nina22 - 50
Dbson - 25
CraftyOldBat - 47
Gramma - 100
Craftymen - 35
Debbie - 10
VictoriaFligstein - 130

TOTAL EAST:462

CENTRAL

RGK - 50
housefullofrotties - 30
crstartza - 17
MaryStillman - 5
chattycat - 34

TOTAL CENTRAL:136/b]

WEST

bettyburlingham - 50
Phyllis - 100
Shoz4me - 30
mommanj - 186
Pearl - 12


TOTAL WEST: 378

[b]TOTAL ALL: 976

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#3 Posted : Sunday, February 17, 2013 6:29:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CardsForSoldiers Go to Quoted Post
Tally Sheet


I'll make 50 cards as usual, already started working on them.
Renate
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#4 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 6:21:38 AM(UTC)
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i am in for the east coast. at this time not sure how many. have a crafty day.
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#5 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 12:43:38 PM(UTC)
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I'll aim for 50 for the East
Joanne
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#6 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 12:47:14 PM(UTC)
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Hi all, put me down for 50 cards for the West.

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#7 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2013 4:36:38 PM(UTC)
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Put me down for 25 to start, east.....
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:50:41 AM(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:08:06 PM(UTC)
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Just an FYI, I have approximately 200 Mother's Day cards that were returned to me last year from one of my units that had returned home. I can't add them to this tally as they have already been counted but just wanted to let you all know.

I will be doing approximately 50 for this theme, I hope to get more than that done but that's my number for right now. You ladies are doing a great job and I really really appreciate what you do. Thank you so much.

Edited to add, I've got 100 done.

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#10 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:39:43 PM(UTC)
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You can put me down for 30 East to start; it's likely I'll do more but will update later.
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, February 20, 2013 6:07:22 PM(UTC)
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Please put me down for 30/Central.

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#12 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:37:30 PM(UTC)
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#13 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:58:04 PM(UTC)
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Please put me down for 15 cards for the central time zone.BigGrin
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#14 Posted : Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:52:21 PM(UTC)
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I'll sign up for 5.

Thanks for doing this.

Mary
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#15 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 11:01:04 AM(UTC)
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I went with a love theme this time and a couple birthday...think this love card would be good for either spouse to send/receive.



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I would just like to get clarification on the date. Is March 15 the date they should be received by the shipper or is it the last date I can mail them out. I'm working on some cards and will give you the number when I have a better idea about the date. Thanks for your help!
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#17 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 11:58:16 AM(UTC)
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Pat & Phyllis,
100+/- cards shooting their way towards you this afternoon. An assortment of GP, HB, and MD.
Hugz,
Gramma

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#18 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 1:42:39 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Debbie Go to Quoted Post
I would just like to get clarification on the date. Is March 15 the date they should be received by the shipper or is it the last date I can mail them out. I'm working on some cards and will give you the number when I have a better idea about the date. Thanks for your help!


finish the cards by the 15th, then send to the shipper. Smile

~~ pat
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#19 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 2:18:31 PM(UTC)
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#20 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 2:20:34 PM(UTC)
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Deb and Gramma, love your cards. Thanks for sharing.
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#21 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 2:27:30 PM(UTC)
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25 for the east.

running out of envelopes. is there a online store. really would like to buy in bulk instead of small boxes. tia

have a crafty day

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#22 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 4:51:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: bklynborn Go to Quoted Post
25 for the east.

running out of envelopes. is there a online store. really would like to buy in bulk instead of small boxes. tia

have a crafty day


I order from:

Envelope Superstore online, 1000 is about $60, which for me is way cheaper...I know there are probably some others....

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Great cards Gramma.....
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#24 Posted : Monday, February 25, 2013 6:32:26 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: bklynborn Go to Quoted Post
25 for the east.

running out of envelopes. is there a online store. really would like to buy in bulk instead of small boxes. tia

have a crafty day


I also use envelope superstore.


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#25 Posted : Monday, March 04, 2013 8:37:46 PM(UTC)
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Tally is updated. And a little BTT for our soldiers.
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#26 Posted : Thursday, March 07, 2013 6:43:27 PM(UTC)
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Will be mailing out 35 cards. Add me to the tally please, thanks.
Eastern
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#27 Posted : Thursday, March 07, 2013 11:14:54 PM(UTC)
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I will send in 10 cards for the east.
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Just an fyi: I belong to a group for parents who have deployed service members and one of the Moms posted this this morning:

Hi all I got a card I got a Card a hand made looks like grade school CARD.. with a Moose and iceskates and a snow flake.. from my Son.... and it has writing on it too.... yep.. short He is having French Toast in Camp . hahhahha my son the Spc behaving at Scout Camp... will hold this with me forever.. lost all of this sort of thing when the house burned back in 1983... I am so proud of all of Our Kids.. hugs to you all on this Sat March 9 2013...... I promise this Blue Star will not Cry But hug everyone in sight..

It wasn't necessarily one of ours BUT it obviously made this Mom's day! Evidence of what a GREAT service you guys are doing for the families BigGrin

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#30 Posted : Saturday, March 09, 2013 6:17:05 PM(UTC)
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Hi, I received this email from the CPT of my unit. Thought I'd share it with you so you can see how much our troops enjoy getting our cards. Thank you for your support. Renate


***Hi Renate,

I just wanted to let you know that we received the final box of cards. They are amazing! We always have so much fun looking through all of them. Thank you very much for supporting us. Please extend our appreciation to everyone who helps you with the cards. You are all very thoughtful.***
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