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#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:53:41 PM(UTC)
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Holiday Cards TO the troops
Oct 23 ~ Nov 8




Time for another theme. This one is a bit different and instead of cards for the troops to send home, we are going to make sure they have a card from home as well. We do not need large numbers, but enough for the unit leaders to hand out, pin on a bulletin board or place in common areas. Some may give them to the unit chaplain to hand out. If you have any questions please ask. In the past, I have typed a note and made copies to put in my cards. You can put the cards inside the envelope, but do not seal them. This is a great project for the kids to do.

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Cards should be mailed by Monday the 11th, so the shippers can get them in the mail that week. ****

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 .. 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 indicate 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 Afghanistan, Navy ships or other bases. Each time zone has at least 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 : Tuesday, October 22, 2013 8:25:14 PM(UTC)
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Tally sheet

EAST

Jean P - 30
craftymem - 25

TOTAL EAST: 55

CENTRAL

TOTAL CENTRAL:

WEST/MTN

Phyllis - 50

TOTAL WEST/MTN: 50

TOTAL ALL: 105

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#3 Posted : Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:38:10 AM(UTC)
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I am assuming that you want them all different if they are going to individuals?

I can probably make about 25 with maybe a few using the same design but different papers and/or sayings on the front.

Do we still leave the inside blank or do we add a sentiment and sign them?

I have some completed but haven't done anything to the inside yet.

Thanks




I am EAST

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#4 Posted : Monday, October 28, 2013 5:29:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JeanP Go to Quoted Post
I am assuming that you want them all different if they are going to individuals?

I can probably make about 25 with maybe a few using the same design but different papers and/or sayings on the front.

Do we still leave the inside blank or do we add a sentiment and sign them?

I have some completed but haven't done anything to the inside yet.

Thanks




I am EAST


Jean, I think it's OK for some duplicates. As for the inside, you would want to write a verse since they are going to a soldier. Same inside can be done for all. We appreciate whatever you choose to do. Thanks.

ETA: Yes sign them. Thanks

Phyllis

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#5 Posted : Friday, November 01, 2013 5:15:02 PM(UTC)
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I have 30 all ready to send you on MondayBigGrin
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#6 Posted : Friday, November 01, 2013 6:17:23 PM(UTC)
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#7 Posted : Saturday, November 02, 2013 11:17:46 AM(UTC)
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WHERE IS EVERYONE????????
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#8 Posted : Sunday, November 03, 2013 9:21:56 PM(UTC)
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WHERE IS EVERYONE????????


Jean, I guess everyone is busy but I'll try to bump this up more often. We lost one of our beloved fur babies last week and it took a lot out of my motivation but trying to get back to normal again.
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#9 Posted : Monday, November 04, 2013 7:26:50 AM(UTC)
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count me in for at least 25. Eastern

Pat, could you tell me if you received my cards from the last challenge. Thanks
Hope all is well.

Claire
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#10 Posted : Monday, November 04, 2013 2:11:57 PM(UTC)
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Claire, Pat is out of town today for a funeral so not sure when she can respond. I will get your numbers on the tally, thanks so much.
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#11 Posted : Monday, November 04, 2013 2:14:54 PM(UTC)
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, November 06, 2013 12:05:45 PM(UTC)
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, November 06, 2013 6:39:14 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: crafty mem Go to Quoted Post
count me in for at least 25. Eastern

Pat, could you tell me if you received my cards from the last challenge. Thanks
Hope all is well.

Claire


Claire, I did receive your cards. I thought I had mentioned it in the previous theme thread. I always enjoy how you re-purpose old cards.



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#14 Posted : Wednesday, November 06, 2013 6:45:57 PM(UTC)
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I have 30 all ready to send you on MondayBigGrin


Jean, your cards came today. Thank you so much. I peaked at one and they are perfect. Thanks also for the $$. I will put it towards candy canes and Santa hats in the boxes.

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Jean, your cards came today. Thank you so much. I peaked at one and they are perfect. Thanks also for the $$. I will put it towards candy canes and Santa hats in the boxes.



Sorry I didn't have time to do more.

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#16 Posted : Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:59:29 PM(UTC)
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Hi! Im new to the forum, but would like to participate! My sister lives in Florida, and has 32 and I live in Pennsilvania, have 20... where do send them?Confused
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Hi! Im new to the forum, but would like to participate! My sister lives in Florida, and has 32 and I live in Pennsilvania, have 20... where do send them?Confused


Myra, you will send to Imnchrghere, Pat, I'll PM you her address.

Phyllis
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#18 Posted : Tuesday, November 12, 2013 8:32:17 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: crafty mem Go to Quoted Post
count me in for at least 25. Eastern

Pat, could you tell me if you received my cards from the last challenge. Thanks
Hope all is well.

Claire


Claire, your cards "to" the troops arrived today. Thanks so much and also for the postage help.
~pat

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