Friday, November 4, 2011

Operation Write Home

I recently received an email from an ODBD customer, Michelle Whalen, about an organization she has been volunteering with called Operation Write Home. Here is their mission statement:

OWH Mission Statement:
Supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans - and citizens of other nations too - who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007...and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!

Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating "eye candy" for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront.

Boxes are shipped through every week of the year, so join us anytime in sending your beautiful creations to help our heroes keep in touch with home!

Michelle says, "For me making cards for soldiers is a way to do a lttle something to give back".  Ironically, she learned about ODBD from the Operation Write Home blog.  You can visit their blog, Stars and Stripes,  for inspiration, challenges, tutorials and so much more!

As our soldiers are near and dear to our hearts, Our Daily Bread Designs is proud to be sponsoring a challenge starting tomorrow on the Operation Write Home's Stars and Stripes blog, and will continue with more monthly challenges! You can even win  $50.00 prizes from ODBD!!

The theme for the November's challenge is LOVE and VALENTINES!
Sandy Allnock, founder and president of OWH writes:
Yes,'s time to really turn our minds from the Christmas cards for our heroes, since the elves are already en route - but we always need extra valentines due to all the new contacts we get every holiday season. You can use any products aside from glitter and follow the other normal OWH guidelines.

We look forward to seeing your creation on the OWH blog!

Have a blessed and safe weekend!


Marsha said...

I am so happy to see ODBD get involved with OWH. I have been sending cards for several years (about 300 this year) and it gives me such joy. Thank you for coming on board.

Patti J said...

Hooray! Glad you see ODBD working with OWH. Thanks for sharing!

sandee said...

So I am a little confused, are we to post our cards on your site or on the Operation Write home's site?

Sherry Kushibab said...

Checked out the OWH guidelines and have ordered the free rubber they offer with their logo since they want that on the back of their cards. Looking forward to helping out.

Scrapmaniac 247 said...

This is such a great cause. Our military sacrifice so much to serve and protect us. Plus their families also sacrifice. Look how long they are apart from each other when they go to war racked countries. A BIG THANK YOU to all military.

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful organization to get involved with! I am especially grateful that ODBD is being so supportive of it! My son left this week for Basic Military Training for the Air Force.

I wonder if there are still regulations on using glitter or Embossing Powders and such. Does anyone know?

I thank God for all of our Military Members and for the freedoms we have as Americans...but even more the Freedoms we have in Him!

Thank you for doing this, Kelley and all of the wonderful ODBD Women!

He IS Able!
Traci S.