This is an awesome email received this week:
Just a quick note to thank you and all your volunteers for the wonderful handmade cards you have been sending our way -- to send back to our loved ones at home!
I have been making use of them in three main ways:
1. To send to my own loved ones. My son and daughter will soon receive to very fun and wonderful Halloween Cards. Never could have found anything like that out here without you!
2. As the Navy Central Command Chaplain for Afghanistan, my task is to travel throughout the Area of Operation seeking out not only Sailors....but along the way having strong interaction with Soldiers, Airmen, Marines...and believe it or not...even a small number of Coast Guardsmen. As I go...my pant cargo pockets almost always have a number of your cards in them. As I meet service members I often ask...have you written home lately? Then I laugh..pull out some cards and say...pick one and send it home today! To your wife...to your mom...to your dad...to your kids...to your sweetheart.
3. In giving people a hard time about writing home, while handing them the gift of your cards...I am also able to engage them about their families back home...their concerns and worries both about things on the home front...and at time...about things they are experiencing here but could never share back home.
So, thanks for all you do to help us keep our home fires burning...and to care for all our service men and women here in Afghanistan.
LCDR CHC (FMF) USN