My husband, John, is in the Army. He's been in Medical School and now residency so he hasn't been deployed yet. Moving to Hawaii there are many military installations here and so I have met many families in various branches of the service.
My friend's husband will be depoloyed to Iraq in a few weeks, where he'll stay for a year. They have 2 boys, 4 years and 8 months (I think). She and I work together with our boys' Preschool Co-op, and she's become a really good friend. I just love her, a wonderful parent and strong woman.
I have seen many people in the stamping community coordinate making and getting cards to service men and women in Iraq and Afganistan. When I heard that my friend's husband was deploying I immediately thought of sending him a bunch of cards that he can use to send home for birthdays, special occasions, or just because.
I guess I put myself in my friend's shoes. I can't imagine how it would be for my little boys to not have Daddy around every day. My 4 year old loves to get mail and if it came from his Daddy far away I know he would love it even more. I feel that even though I can't do much to help my friend, at least I can do this.
I will be getting cards together for the next few weeks and if you want to help as well, send me your blank cards and I will send them on to my friend's husband. He will be responsible for about 25 marines, so if there are a lot of cards I know he would pass them on to his men.
With each card I make I'll also be including an envelope. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you my address. Pass this on to anyone who you think would like to help out. Thanks!!!