Welcome to Freebie Friday! Did you know that tomorrow is Armed Forces Day? Since I hail from a military family, I felt like it was my duty to do some research on this special holiday. Did you know…
Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to celebrate the unification of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) under one department — the Department of Defense. And just like the first Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1950, the goal remains the same: to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.
These are the people in my life I’d like to honor and acknowledge:
From left to right: My grandfather, Robert H. Smith, was just 17 years old when he joined the Navy in WWII. My other grandfather, William A. Smith, was a major in the Army and served in both Korea and Vietnam. My father, Jeffrey A. Smith, was in the Air Force for 13 years and then flew for the Navy for 7 years. My grandmother, Norma S. Smith, was a U.S.O. performer during WWII, and to this day, this 89-year-old still enjoys dressing up and singing to crowds.
I’m sure each of you know someone who has served or is currently serving in the military. Even if you don’t have a direct connection, there’s never a bad time to show your appreciation and support. In Susan’s post yesterday, many of you said that you’re a collector of handmade cards, but you rarely give them away. I confess, I’m also a card hoarder. But I also enjoy giving them away, especially when I know the’yre going to a good cause, like a charity.
Have you heard of Operation Write Home? We partnered with them for our Creativity Heals campaign this year. Their mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. As of May 11, 413,112 cards have been sent to deployed heroes! Blog reader Linda Beyer left this comment yesterday:
“I was the person who sent our club’s cards to the military. Then our contacts came home. Then we gradually stopped sending them. I know for a fact how great it made me feel when I would get a thank you card from a soldier. One time I got a thank you note on a card I had made! I had a good cry because he said this was the only way he had to write home. Now that I know about Operation Write Home, I will be sending more cards to the military.”
Thanks for sharing your story, Linda! If you’d like to send some patriotic cards to Operation Write Home, here’s some inspiration from our book, A Card a Day:
And just to clarify, your cards don’t have to be patriotic-themed. Operation Write Home needs cards for all occasions, including birthday, hello, thank you, love, miss you, etc. The standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) is preferred and please don’t add glitter to your cards – this can make soldiers visible at night.
To aid in your quest to donate more cards to friends, family and charities, I’ve got three great prize packages, courtesy of Die Cuts With a View! Leave a comment telling me the best reaction you got from giving away one of your handmade cards. I’ll pick three winners to receive a Die Cuts With a View Stack, some coordinating stickers and box of blank cards (A2 size!). All comments must be received by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, April 16.
Happy Armed Forces Day!
P.S. If you happen to be in the Pulaski, TN area on Saturday, May 15, Operation Write Home is sponsoring a Free Craft/Cardmaker Day at the Pulaski Recreation Center. Click HERE for more information!
P.P.S. It’s time to announce the two winners from Brandy’s Pure Bliss post!
1. Maria Matter (May 11, 4:45 p.m.)
2. Queen Mary (May 11, 8:29 p.m.)
Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a copy of Quiltmaker’s new special issue, Small Quilts! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!