Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home “Make ‘Em Laugh” Blog Hop! We are proud and thrilled to be supporting Operation Write Home. It is such a wonderful organization and even more dear to our hearts as our design team members Tiffany and Latisha have husbands in the Army and Navy. Operation Write Home is an organization that sends blank handmade cards to deployed service members so they can write home to their families. As of March 2012, they’ve sent 1.5 MILLION cards! How amazing is that?!
Today we are hopping along to provide some inspiration to you all to help create cards for this wonderful organization with the theme of “Make ‘Em Laugh”! Don’t you love that? We have a giveaway and a contest at the bottom of this post along with some inspirational stories from some of our team members that are wonderful.
To start at the beginning of the hop make sure to go to http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org.
I am an Army Brat and now I’m an Army Wife. Often times we think of the effects that deployments have on the spouse or on the family as a whole and we often forget how it’s affected our children as individuals and as people.
Meanwhile, we continue to fight the longest war America’s seen and within that time frame, studies have shown that our Army Brats are more resilient. But, what does that mean? To me, that means our children are growing up faster- maturing faster. Our children are fighting their own war back home struggling with disjointed families and the real mature emotions that fester as a result. There are children whose father or mother have been absent the majority of their lives.
I strongly believe, our Army Brats need a good laugh! I remember talking to my Dad while he was away. It was always the serious stuff, “how are you treating your mom, how is school, how is orchestra”? All this seriousness and all this doom and gloom whenever we had a chance to communicate! This Make ‘Em Laugh theme is just what the doctor ordered! So, let’s band together and encourage more laughs within the Army Family! The family that laughs together stays together! Thank you Operation Write Home for hosting this cause!
As a spouse of a Naval Officer, Operation Write Home is such a blessing to those who are deployed, and lucky enough to get a box from this great organization. When my husband is deployed, he does not have a Hallmark or even a convenience store to buy a card from, there is nothing. So, if he wishes to send us a letter by snail mail, he has to find paper and sometimes makes his own envelopes, because they are not available. Getting a letter or card from a deployed loved one is so very special. It is something you can literally hold onto, especially when the blues hit. I have every letter and card he has ever sent me, they are something I will keep forever. My children keep theirs as well, and show them off proudly on their desks. To know crafters make cards for service members to send home, is just amazing. It makes my heart swell with pride and happiness to be part of such a great community. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
My dad was in the Army and served in Vietnam. He spent the last month of his life in a Veteran’s hospital. I spent almost every day with him and got to meet a lot of veterans along the way. I think meeting and talking to so many veterans gave me a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice they and their families made.
These cards are so wonderful, and we just know they bring smiles to soldiers’ families back home.
How can you get involved? Well, we are going to hold a little contest here on the Lawn Fawn blog. Make a card in the “Make ‘Em Laugh” theme with a standard 4.25″x5.5″ size with no glitter. Please see Operation Write Home’s site for more guidelines before you create. Post it on your blog/Flickr etc. and link it up below by April 20th. Then send your card(s) to Operation Write Home!
We will pick a winner for $50 of any Lawn Fawn product of your choice! You don’t need to use Lawn Fawn on your card if you don’t have any yet, we just want to get lots of funny cards to our troops! You may also enter multiple times.