Generally when we think of sending cards to soldiers we imagine them filled with long and and loving notes, but what if soldiers want to send cards back to their loved ones? Unfortunately, most war zones are without cutesy card shops, and it’s a bit disheartening for a a supporting family member in the States to get a Christmas or Birthday card on plain paper. We R Memory Keepers, a major hobby and craft manufacturer, recognized this problem and set up a mission to gather greeting cards, and not just any old generic cards, rather unique handmade cards that would appeal to the receiver and the sender.
Check out We R Memory Keepers’ site here.
We R Memory Keepers, along with Better Homes and Garden’s Scrapbooks Ect magazine, Cruise and Crop, and Operation Write Home, managed to find 50 retailers to host the event. The operation was named “We R Grateful” and was launched in June. Retailers advertized to their customers about the need for handmade cards and set up “drop zones” for completed cards.
August 17th was the last day for dropping off cards to the We R Memory Keepers’ warehouse, and the grand total was a staggering 46,774 handmade cards! Each card had it’s own special touch. Crafters had fantastic ideas for making handmade greeting cards and used all their stamps, stencils, rulers and paper to make a card truly meaningful.
A complete list of participants can be found here.
Though it is always thoughtful to send a card to a loved one, a handmade one demonstrates a little extra care and creativity. I found a number of cards on the FaveCrafts site that would be lovely to make for any coming occasion.
They’ll know you care when they receive Birthday Wishes Card. It’s quick enough to make at home, but fancy enough to look like you paid for it.
Make a beautiful card for a special occasion using cardstock, ribbon, pearl embellishments and paper trimmer. This is great for a wedding or a special dinner date.
Make a card and envelope for your next party invites. These are really pretty designs that you and your friends will love. You’ll love the pearl embellishments.
Make this pretty card for for any occasion! It’s blank inside so you can write whatever you want. The sweet, delicate card will make anyone’s day.