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Old 08-01-2020, 03:46 AM   #1
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Heart AUGUST 2020 MISSION - CARDS FOR A CAUSE

CARDS FOR A CAUSE
AUGUST 2020 MISSION
STAMPING FROM THE HEART


Group: W.H.E.A.T.


Group website: https://honortroops.org/http://


I'm really excited about this month's challenge and the group provided a ton of information so I'm just going to copy and paste her email so you can read through it...

A. Types of Cards:

  1. Sadly, we cannot send anything
    faith-based. It's not that we don't want to, but the soldiers we serve
    (most of them) are in the Middle East. For their safety, we've been
    advised/asked not to send anything that could jeopardize the safety of
    our soldiers, which includes anything with pork in it (like instant
    noodles), bibles, anything with a religious connotation to it. If the
    soldier's items were intercepted along the way, we can't risk putting
    the soldiers in greater danger than they already are.

  2. Please
    express our deep appreciation to the card members and let them know that
    we're following U.S. Government mandates that we NOT send anything with
    a hint of religion in/on it.

  3. Blank cards, birthday cards (for
    all ages), anniversary cards, are most requested. What we do with the
    birthday and anniversary cards is send the blank cards in pre-stamped
    envelopes with pens for each card. That way, a service member has an
    entire kit (a beautifully made card, pre-stamped envelope, and a pen) to
    write to a loved one back home.

  4. Blank cards: we also use this
    to handwrite personal messages to the soldiers. (We stay with a unit
    from date of adoption through their full deployment. If they get
    extended, so do we. For some of the soldiers, we've been with them for a
    year or more...sending care packages every two weeks or so. We always
    make sure that we have enough high-end, awesome items for the entire
    Unit in every shipment. We serve Units as small as 2 soldiers and the
    largest, to date, is 600 soldiers in one Unit.) We also serve K-9
    soldiers and their handlers. So, if someone loves to make cards with
    animals on them, that would be awesome! We will match each card,
    literally, to the perfect soldiers/Units.) I used to practice law
    (before retirement) and ran a multijurisdictional law practice in OR,
    WA, and CA. W.H.E.A.T. has a binder for each soldier/Unit and tracks the
    date of shipment, what we shipped, when it arrived, what they
    need/want/crave, etc.

  5. Signatures with messages in them: If
    cardmakers would like to make a card and write to the troops (cards can
    be from children, too!), we request that: a) the cards be addressed,
    "Dear Soldier" so that we can send it to any of the 5 branches of the
    military; b) the message be uplifting and positive, and/or; c) just talk
    about your life and what you're doing (e.g., I frequently write about
    our labrador retrievers daily activities with my free range chickens).
    There's no right or wrong to this...just say what feels comfortable.

  6. No restrictions: No restrictions on small items,
    moving parts (I LOVE cards like that) because we pack them securely into
    boxes. We developed a very fine-tuned system with the USPS so that are
    boxes (knock on wood) seem to hold up really well after being dropped
    from helicopters, loaded onto ships, you name it. (Troops have sent
    pictures to us.)

  7. Troop feedback: If we receive troop feedback
    (it may take a couple months, depending on where the soldiers are
    deployed), we would love to share that with your group. If you can
    provide me a channel to do that - through you or some other way - I'll
    be sure to update everyone!


B. Sending Cards:

  1. Please send to W.H.E.A.T., P.O. Box 304, Colfax, WA 99111;

  2. Anyone
    with questions (honestly, ask them to reach out to me with ANY
    questions!) can text or call me at 509-945-1314, or email me at [email protected];

  3. If
    card makers would like a tax receipt, no problem - The information that
    I need from them is: name, mailing address, email, phone number, tax
    value of the cards (we can't give a receipt for the labor part of the
    cardmaking process), but what would they sell them for? I need the phone
    number and email in case I have any questions, and;

  4. Volunteer
    time: W.H.E.A.T. tracks every person's volunteer time. It would be great
    for us (and the volunteers) to receive "credit" for their time. If the
    card makers would send a note with their cards letting me know how much
    time they spent both on making the cards and packing/shipping them to
    us, that would be awesome!


C. Card Count: I will definitely keep you posted and let you know the grand total of cards sent to us.


D.
Ongoing List: Do you have a list of nonprofits that accept cards on an
ongoing basis? I don't want to sound greedy or take cards from other
deserving organizations/individuals. We currently serve over 2,000
soldiers per/month. Their favorite item to receive, we hear, is the
cards/notes/letter.

We can't thank you enough! We're super excited and our soldiers overseas will be, too!

I hope ya'll enjoy making cards for this group. They are new for our group but I think they may just be a keeper. <> God bless you for you do!!!







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Old 08-01-2020, 09:46 AM   #2
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In the past, we have been told not to use glitter for cards to the military. Is that the case for these cards?
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Another great cause. Count me in.
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What a wonderful cause! Count me in!
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Old 08-02-2020, 06:36 AM   #5
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Great cause! Question...Do we need to send envelopes? The only mention of envelopes was the envelopes with stamps and a pen.
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That guidance seems to have been valid as recently as 2 months ago - so i would just go with it and assume Glitter that sheds is a No-No.
There is some paper where the glitter is encased...if you rub the paper on your shirt and your shirt is glittered - it's shedding. If your shirt isn't glittered the paper should be OK.

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My card stash is "banked" these days - lotsa cards from classes mixed in .... so box of 24 "Birthday", "Thinking of You" and Blank cards, with a few Love You types mixed in going postal today...
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This is a wonderful cause, thank you for bringing it to us. I will definitely be participating! Did we get an answer about the envelopes yet?
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Great cause and I am looking forward to participating!
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