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Old 10-21-2004, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Holiday Card-Troop Donation!

If I may be so bold as to ask an entremeley important favor.


I also checked w/Kerri to make sure its okay with her.......and she gave me her blessing...

I work for the government. We usually adopt families at Christmas time. This year we are adopting Troops! Being me....I offered to help with offering my stampin'services....Well....its a lot of troops. I was wondering if I could ASK you to donate 1 or 2 holiday (blank) cards so the men and women protecting us over in Iraq can send them to their families.....

Also we need stamps too!!
We will be getting a lot of donations for care pkgs from my office to send to them also!

I have a deadline of November 12th.....That is when we mail their care pkgs.

We are adopting the 2nd battalion 24th Marine Corp stationed in Iraq from Chicagoland!

We are also adopting 2 seperate gentlemen, also overseas....in the Navy and one is in the army.

Can you please help me! I want to REALLY tell them we care! It hits home!

If anyone is interested please send me 1 or 2 BLANK holiday cards, thinking of you cards, miss you cards...whatever!! Holiday would be the greatest though.....They need to have envelopes too!

Send them to me: Jennifer Uitto
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I would appreciate any help I can get.....
Just let me know if you will be sending anything.....so I can keep my eyeballs out for them!

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I also checked w/Kerri to make sure its okay with her.......and she gave me her blessing...
Just wanted to step in and say I am so glad you were sweet enough to ask me so that I didn't feel like you were taking the wind out of my sails with the on going card drive that I am running...it was sweet of you! And also just wanted to ask how many are in the squadron that you all have adopted? Thanks!
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Kerri-

It was your fantastic idea and patronage that I thought of....Its a total of 25 men and women...I'd like to get them a few cards a piece...if I can...

Thanks for asking.....
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I will send a few to you tomorrow if I can get some stamping time tonight once the babies are in bed!
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Keri,

Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it!

I will a be a busy stamper this weekend too....xoxoxojenn
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Count me in as well. I just moved this weekend but will dig into it this weekend and get you some cards in the mail. Did you say you need postage stamps too? What do I need to send?

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Count me in. Do you need First Class stamps? Laugh, my one track mind was thinking you needed rubber stamps. Its early, forgive me.
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I also would like to send a few how much postage is needed per card?
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Now someone correct me if I am wrong.....

But I beleive when the troops mail out stuff from Iraq its still just regular postage b/c its handled thru the military.....

So just the cost of stamps....I am assuming...

Let me do some checking.....and I will post either way


Thanks to all who have responded so far!!!!!!!

I really appreciate it! God Bless! jenn uitto
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Hey Jenn, I wasn't able to get anything done but a wedding invite last night that I had to have done by today....long story...anyway, I am going away this weekend...an entire weekend no stamping!! AHHH...so I will try to get those cards made and out by the end of next week...sorry it is going to be cutting it close!
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I am doing a Christmas Stamp camp this week. I will send my samples when it is done. It is on Wednesday night. I will send them on Thursday. Is this enough time?

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believe when the troops mail out stuff from Iraq its still just regular postage b/c its handled thru the military.....
yes, just regular US first class stamp postage on a regular sized card.
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I have some that we did at a "stamp-a-stack" that I will be glad to send you on Monday! My dad's a retired Marine, so the troops have a special place in my heart!
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Wow! This is great you guys! Im speechless......thanks! I'll be looking for them.........xoxoxo jenn
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I will send a few your way! This is a great thing you are doing for them!
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Jennifer,
count me in for a few.
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I'm doing some work with Books For Soldiers.com...sending books, cards, snacks, cds, etc, and when I called the post office yesterday and the guy told me that he was "pretty sure" that the troops get free mail service when they're sending something to the states. I was going to include some postage stamps with my packages, but didn't because of what the postal guy said. I'm not sure where you can find out if that's true or not, but if they don't need postage, that would save some of you guys some $. If anyone knows if this is the case or not, that would be very helpful.
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I too have heard that but I am not sure how to find that out...let me see if I can find anything out...
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OK My DH says that as long as the soldier brings an envelope to a base PO or a Dessert US installation it will be sent home for free...he is not 100% on it but he thinks that it was instated at the beginning of the Afghanistan war...I will have him check this out once he goes in to work tonight...he is in the USAFR...I will post again once I know for sure...
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Count me in for as many as I can mass produce...
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I plan on sending you some too. Thanks for organizing this!!!
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my husband is in iraq currently and they do get free mail service. don't know about packages etc., but his envelopes always come with a "free mail" stamped in the corner. hope this helps...
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The cards will be in the mail tomorrow.
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I am sending 3 Christmas and 3 Birthday cards your way. Thanks for doing this!

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Hi, I have already done a "Stamping for Soldiers" event at my church. It was Oct. 2. These handmade cards went out to my daughter's unit, 11 cards and envelopes plus a small notepad and pen to each 150 soldiers! It was a wonderful experience. Now the the student council of the elementary school I work at is helping me by having a greeting card drive. I am going to send these to a unit in Iraq. So far we have over 400 cards. This has become such a wonderful thing for these soldiers. Good luck and God bless to all who have these card drives. I know the troops appreciate it. Irene from WI
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My son is currently stationed in Iraq with the Marine Corp. They do not need stamps for their cards and letters that they mail home to their love ones. All they do is write "free postage" on the envelope were a stamp would go,

I think its great that there are so many people supporting our troops overseas.

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Count me in I will put mine in mail beginning of the week. It is the least we can do for our troops
Good job getting this going at your job also
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You guys are all great! Thank you so much! I can't wait to see them!

I made 10 cards on Sunday....5 holiday then 5 everyday cards. I hope to make some more this week!

Thanks again!

God Bless,
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I'm in! Keep me updated if you need anything else.

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My "baby" is in the Army (the avatar is my oldest baby - and my youngest baby)... and he loves his homemade cards, he says. He goes over in March... I will make and send out some cards to you today (send tomorrow)... I keep meaning to ask about the regular troops group too... Do they need more stampers sending cards???
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I will be happy to send some!
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Count me in! I am very friendly with the UPS driver (he frequents my house enough) and he has a son who is a marine in Iraq. I'd be glad to help.

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I was so excited to get my mail yesterday! I got the first of the troop donations! Keep 'em coming ladies....

Thanks again!

Keri - thanks for your brillant idea that I borrowed! I wanted to let you know that everyone who tells me what a great idea this is, I tell them its all your idea!!


Thanks Everyone!
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Jennifer,
I just wanted to let you know that I mailed a package out to you yesterday.
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I would love to send you some cards. When is the absolute deadline that you need them at your house? Very good idea Thanks, Heidi
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Thanks for all you who are sending cards! I have receive a couple of pkgs with GORGEOUS cards in it.....I have to say I am going to have to CASE some of these beauties

Don't forget I need them before November 11th! I have about 20 of them so far....then I made 24 myself....its going greatl....get those cards in!

Thanks again!

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Have a safe and happy halloweenie weekend! Be carefull.....xoxoxojenn
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I'll be more than happy to send you some cards! I'll work on them this weekend, and then have them in the mail to you on Monday. I think that should give them plenty of time to get there.

I'll talk to a few of my stamping buddies and see if they'll also make a few. I would LOVE to have a big package to send to you!

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I just saw this thread! I will send you some cards tomorrow, so you'll have them by Nov. 11.
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Just sent you some Holiday Cards in the mail today. So sorry they didn't make it into Saturday's mail, but you should still get them by Nov 11.
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