This news hit many of us hardy card makers very hard. And it's taken many days to process what this means for all of us. This has been our passion and obsession for the last 5, 6 or 7 years. Sending hand made cards to our troops in harms way and has been the thing driving many of us to continue to make lots of cards, to have gatherings with friends to produce many cards and write letters and notes to the service men and women, and frankly, justify our need to buy more card/art supplies! But it was inevitable and really, we have to remember that the reason is a good one. I just wish all of them could come home and we didn't have to send them overseas in the first place. But I suppose there will always be a need to have a US presence in other countries. We have embassies everywhere after all, and the military bases in friendly countries. Someone has to stand guard. God bless them all and protect them.
So, this last week, our local group associated with East Woods Presbyterian Church has had 2 more meetings where cards were produced to fill those last few boxes we will be sending to Sandy. I went to this week's group at an LSS, Molly's Craft Shack. Molly, the owner, opens up her crafting room for us to make cards and has even helped out with a lot of the assembly of card kits. I hope we can continue to go there for fun gatherings. She has said she hopes we continue as well. It's good for business after all. LOL
Here are some cards I made into kits for our meeting on the 18th. Esther says they are all packed up and on the way to Sandy now. I brought in 56 already finished cards and 15 in three kits that we put together. With others contributing, the box contained 248 by the time we were done, and 132 Any Hero cards. Esther says she has a bunch in another box already and we hope to fill that before the deadline. We have one more meeting planned at my friend Mary Benson's Assisted Living home, Brookdale at Fisher's Landing, on Monday the 25th. Then next month, I think we're still planning on meeting at Ellen's on the 2nd Tuesday evening, and at Molly's Craft Shack on the 3rd Monday of the month.
These first five are Any Hero cards that will be used to write encouraging notes of thanks and appreciation to our troops. Those go in the boxes with the blank cards Sandy sends.
These three were kits that I took to the group on last Monday that were made up into cards and put in the box Esther mailed out.
This one is a card design I put together after I got home Monday and several of these will go out in the next box to OWH.
But I digress. I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts about OWH closing and post some of the cards I've made recently that will still go to the troops. Now, what am I going to do with all those patriotic stamps I have stock piled? :)
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