Here it is Saturday morning, I’m eating my oatmeal and drinking coffee trying to find the words to write this post. And I have severe case of writer’s block. Or maybe should it be blogger’s block? (I’m not sure, but I do like the alliteration of it). Furthermore, why can I not remember how to properly use an apostrophe in a possessive use? Maybe I should go back to bed. Or find a bigger cup for coffee. Yeah, the latter is probably a better option.
Well, let’s get to it. The reason for Card Week here on ye ol’ blog was to build suspense for a challenge I’m going to throw down! Now, that’s a tv show I wouldn’t mind being on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I just need a signature dish, a restaurant and a friend to nominate me. However, since it’s not likely to happen, I’ll get off the tangent and back to the subject at card.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Despite our more shallow interpretation of it being the unofficial beginning of summer, it’s more than just a three day weekend, hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s a day of remembering our men and women who have died in service for our country, for our freedom. And I am so thankful to all the men and women who serve, have served and who have lost their lives. It is because of their service that I am able to have the freedom I do have. May God Bless them all.
Because of that, I thought it would be the perfect time to kick off this little challenge. I usually do it closer to 4th of July, but this year, I decided to start now and end the 4th of July. This annual event started a few years ago when I wanted a patriotic project for my kids to do. I found Operation Write Home, an organization that collects handmade cards to send to our service members so they can write home to their families. Now I know with all the modern technology a hand written letter doesn’t have the same necessity that it used to have in years past, but I do believe we all still find it very special too have a little handwritten note in our mailbox, imagine if it was from someone serving in a dangerous place.
So, here is the challenge!!
I am encouraging you to make cards for Operation Write Home. There are some basic rules we need to follow such as no glitter (it makes the soldiers visible under night vision). Please read the guidelines before making your cards.
If you want to make some cards, here is what you can do: Mail them to me – (all cards need to be stamped with the OWH logo and tucked. I have already requested a stamp, and I’m willing to do the work to prep them and save the time of the shippers at OWH). You can include envelopes, or not. However, if you do include envelopes, please just send the envelopes along (not cards in them) as I’ll have to remove the cards to stamp them.
I have a prize that will be given to a random winner who sends cards to me for this challenge! Here it is:
BUT, for every 100 cards I receive, I will add in another prize (up to 5 total).
I will pull a winner(s ) on July 5, so if you want to be entered, I need to have received your cards by then. For my mailing information, e-mail me at lovejoypaper (at) hughes (dot) net (remove spaces and replace the words at & dot with symbol).