I got a message in my Facebook feed yesterday from a friend requesting surprise birthday cards for her sweet husband who was just deployed with the US Air Force to the other side of the world for one year. Of course, I was happy to make and send card for him:
This man has a great support system with family, friends and church who care about him, and he will always know that others are thinking of him while he is far away from home for a whole year. I started thinking, though, about other soldiers and military personnel who don’t have that same support – who may not receive much in the way of mail or outside contact.
Would there be a way to send hand stamped cards to brighten the day of military men and women who might be lonely or wonder if any of us back home really appreciate the service and sacrifices that they make for us?
There is – an organization called AnySoldier.com maintains a list of military contacts who have agreed to receive mail addressed to “Any Soldier” and will make sure it gets into the hands of someone in their units who could really use a handwritten note of encouragement from home.
I made another “companion card” similar to the birthday card that is going to my friend – Valentine’s Day is coming and maybe if I get it into the mail right away, it will reach “Any Soldier” by February 14th!
Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Basic Gray are the main colors in the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, from which I got the patterned paper used on my two cards:
Here are the supplies that I used to create both cards; the new Lift Me Up rubber stamp set and the coordinating Up & Away Thinlits dies are featured on page 10 of the Spring Occasions catalog. If you order the Lift Me Up Bundle in wood mount, you will qualify for a free item through Sale-A-Bration, and one of the free choices is a package of Carried Away Designer Series Paper shown on page 7, perfect for pairing with these stamps and dies!
According to the information on AnySoldier.com, it’s not necessary to send “stuff” to brighten the day of “any soldier.” The most requested thing is simply a letter. Will you join me this month by making a hand stamped card with a hand-written note, and put a smile on the face of someone who is far from home right now?
(I am making this challenge in honor of my father, Vernon Krause, who was a draftsman in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict, and in memory of my uncle, Richard Webber, who was a medic during the Vietnam War.)
Update: Captain Tony was overwhelmed with the many cards that he received for his 36th birthday on February 11th; one month down and eleven to go until he rejoins his beautiful wife and two little daughters!