Cards for Troops Drive 2018

The Cards for Troops drive to help our Aussie soldiers on deployment overseas has started for 2018.

"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace".
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


Would you like to help the Cards for Troops Drive? Would you like to enable Aussie Troops who cannot easily access cards (let alone hand-made ones!) to send some hand made greeting cards to their loved ones?


Many of our Troops are deployed overseas where there is no local stationer's or card shop, and they really do appreciate the efforts of people who are able to send them some special greetings.


We will need to send them early in order to allow those who are distributing the cards to get them to people in enough time for them to post back to their loved ones. The current drive is about Christmas, but the troops appreciate all sorts of cards as they cannot always find such things as birthday cards, thinking of you cards, I love you cards, anniversary cards, or even sympathy cards. If we receive enough of those before October 2018, we will send them on earlier in the year.


If you make some Christmas cards for the current drive, they need to be in the mail by the end of October 2018.


You can send them to me via my friend here (I am still traveling around Australia  myself so my friend who always helps with the Cards for Troops drive is collecting the cards you send for us until I return home):

Cards for Troops Drive 2018

c/- S McGee,

PO Box 1207,

Morayfield, Qld 4506

Australia

Here is a link if you would like some Christmas Card Ideas


Please Note: The only specification for cards made for the Australian armed forces is that they be handmade. The US armed forces say the cards should have no glitter on them, but the Australian armed forces do not prohibit glitter. I guess glitter is sticky and could interfere with impeccable inspections. I know it sticks to ME whenever I use it, sometimes for days! So I personally do stick to using heat embossing, bling and metallic ribbons instead of using glitter.


Thank you in advance for taking part in the 2018 Card Drive!


Cards For Troops Drive 2017


The Cards for Troops drive to help our Aussie soldiers on deployment overseas has ended for 2017.



What an amazing Cards for Troops event we had this year! Thank you so very much to those of you who sent so many beautiful handmade cards to us for distribution to the Australian Troops deployed overseas. Altogether, Shelia and I collected eight kilograms of wonderful cards! We could send them in batches of 2 kilos, so that meant we sent four large boxes of handmade greeting cards to them.



For much of 2017, I have been traveling on the road in a caravan, and my friend Shelia has been collecting cards for the drive. That means I personally could not see your cards before they were posted, but Shelia has remarked how beautiful they are and how amazingly talented the crafters are who sent them.


Shelia also took some pictures of the cards for me to share with you (thank you again, Shelia!) Here they all are, boxed up for the Post Office:




Before she boxed them up, Shelia also took some 'group photos' of the many cards we received on behalf of the Troops. I could see that the cards will be so appreciated by the Troops on deployment overseas who cannot purchase such things or carry enough craft supplies with them to make greetings themselves for their friends and family back home:


So many beautiful cards! They just keep coming:



See what I mean about the beauty of the cards?



Past feedback from deployed soldiers has always been so favourable and filled with gratitude, I can assure you that these cards will again be well-received.



For the crafters who made the cards, may we offer the most sincere thanks. I have made you each a card myself and have posted them off to you now, but I want to acknowledge the names of the generous contributors here too:



 
Julie Hoffman of South Australia

Desiree Johns of New South Wales

Patricia Donovan of Queensland

M. Clarke of Queensland

Rachel W of Victoria

E. Anderson of New South Wales

Mrs D. C. Byrne of Western Australia

Oedina Holmes of Queensland

Davina Rossiter of Queensland



I know some of you sent messages and cards of your own for me, and those have been packaged and sent to me by Shelia. I will receive them sometime in the next few weeks. Thank you for doing that, too!



May all of your Christmas and New Year seasons be blessed.



I look forward to the next round of making Cards for Troops beginning in January 2018. PLease do join us in 2018 so we can continue to supply our military with something personal and special, letting them know in a tangible way how much we appreciate what they are doing for our country.



By the way, thank you so much to all the people who contributed to the 2017 Mother's Day card drive. Those cards were sent off to the Troops at the end of March, 2017. Here is just a sample of the ones some people generously made and also a snap of a craft table in use one crafting day.




Cards for Troops Drive 2016

Thank you to the ladies of Bethesda Baptist Church for making so many beautiful cards this year. I liked that there was such a variety of greetings this year. We had feedback that troops appreciated more variety so ladies made cards with the following sentiments:

  • Thinking of You
  • Happy Anniversary
  • Happy Birthday
  • Hello
  • My Friend
  • Love

as well as Christmas cards.

You are all amazing! ❤❤❤


Cards for Troops Drive 2015

If you want to send me handmade Cards for Troops, here are some requests. These things really help the processing and make it a little easier for me and for the Troops:
  1. Please put all your cards in one Snap lock lunch bag, with your name and the number of cards in the bag on the front.
  2. Also, if you could please include an envelope with each card so that the soldiers can write on them to send them to their loved ones, it would be greatly appreciated.
  3. If you would like the soldiers to write back please also put your address on the plastic bag, or your business cards inside each card. (Otherwise I will put c/- my address for you as I have a PO Box).

If you would like to help, please contact me and I will send you address details. We will be joining a nation-wide effort to bring a little joy to our service men and women.

Thank you in advance for helping with my Cards for Troops drive.

Please do make some Cards for Troops. They are so appreciated. To inspire you, here is a very beautiful response I received from one grateful soldier who received some of our cards:

Dear ladies who made Cards for Troops,
I'm a Reservist currently deployed in Solomon Islands and I was lucky enough to receive some of your truly beautiful hand made Christmas cards.
I particularly loved the cards with the roosters. I come from a small farm and dearly miss my animals. So I selected the two rooster cards to send home to my husband and Mother and used your other cards to wish my family and close friends a very Merry Christmas from afar.
Without your generous and beautiful cards, I would not have been in a position to have been able to send any Christmas cards at all. Your cards were certainly appreciated.
All of us are away from our homes and families at the moment and it is pleasing and comforting to receive not just your cards but to know that we are in the minds of families in Australia. Although this is a rewarding deployment we look forward to being with our families again soon.
We feel privileged to be serving our country in the Solomon Islands and making a positive contribution to the future of this country. Our presence and the good work we are doing here is greatly appreciated by the people of the Solomon Islands.
Thank you again for your very thoughtful cards. It made a ‘distant from home' Christmas very, very special. Happy New Year from a very grateful Australian Soldier.
Yours sincerely
A Solomon Island Reservist

See what I mean? It makes everything worthwhile to receive such a heartfelt response.

If you would like to send things on yourself, here are the details for doing that:

Items which cannot be sent are alcohol, tobacco, perishables and pornographic items. Some of the things that are not accepted are listed below:

  • NO HOMEMADE food items unless you know the soldier as they get thrown away
  • No pork items can be sent at all
  • No alcohol
  • No clothing except socks
  • No aerosols
  • No cigarettes

Click here if you would like a couple of Mothers Day Card Ideas to try.

If you are sending liquid or store bought food products, place them in a snap lock bag first in case of leakage. When sending items please mark all items

"AUSSIE TROOPS PROPERTY"

in permanent marker on everything to help avoid theft.

Here are some items you can send:

FOOD ITEMS:

  • Two minute noodles
  • Biscuits (no nut or chocolate ones though
  • Coffee (Individual sachets)
  • Cups of noodles
  • Cuppa soups
  • Disposable forks/spoons
  • Dried Fruit
  • Drinking Chocolate (individual sachets)
  • Easy macaroni
  • Small individual cereal boxes
  • Individual pull ring cans of tuna or sachets of tuna
  • Lollies
  • Long life milk (small packs)
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Microwave Rice (seen at the Reject Shop for $2 a packet)
  • Oatmeal (individual sachets)
  • Pepper (individual sachets)
  • Powered energy drinks
  • Salt (individual sachets)
  • Sauces & Condiments like mustard etc (individual sachets are good, ask Macdonalds if you can have some and say why you would like them)
  • Spices to go with lamb or goat such as rosemary, garlic, thyme, or Greek spices
  • Sugar (individual sachets)
  • Tea
  • Trail Mix
  • Twisties (these are good to use for fill-in packaging in your care packages)
  • Wasabi peas

HYGIENE ITEMS:

  • Aftershave
  • Air fresher (Card style only. NO aerosols are allowed due to travel safety regulations)
  • Baby wipes (Bulk & Travel size)
  • Cotton Buds
  • Deodorant (NON AEROSOL only)
  • Foot Powder
  • Hair Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Inner Sole liners
  • Lip Balm (such as Chap Sticks)
  • Moisturiser
  • Mouth wash
  • Razors (Non disposables)
  • Shaving Cream (NON Aerosol)
  • Soap (Normal and Travel Size)
  • Socks (Black & White)
  • Talc
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper (1 roll per care package)
  • Tooth Brush and Tooth Paste

FOR FEMALE TROOPS HYGIENE YOU MAY SEND THE FOLLOWING:

  • Feminine Hygiene products: that is, Tampons, napkins etc.
  • Gel or Hair Spray (NON Aerosol)
  • Hair Ties
  • Hairbrush (one per care package)

ENTERTAINMENT and Miscellaneous Items:

  • Batteries
  • Blank Cards (for Troops to send home - this is where we come in with our Handmade Cards for Troops, right?)
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • Cheap DVDs
  • Drawing Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Footballs, Basketballs (and pump)
  • Magazines and Newspapers (NO explicit material)
  • Music CDs

Other allowable sporting or recreational goods:

  • Pens/pencils
  • Playing Cards
  • Poker Chips
  • Tennis balls
  • Writing Paper

REMEMBER: WRITE THE FOLLOWING ON ALL ITEMS YOU SEND:

"AUSSIE TROOPS PROPERTY"

Why not just send one care package this year to let our defense forces know that we care about them?

Thank you again for making any number of handmade Cards for Troops. Even one card will make a difference to someone!

Thank you for your Christmas Donations for 2013!

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Thank you so much for your donations to the Cards for Troops drive in 2013.

Thank you to all crafters who donated their time, skills and supplies to enable some of our dear Aussie Troops deployed overseas to write home to family and friends for Christmas 2013.

Before they disappear into postal boxes, here's a little video to show you just how many stacks of cards you all donated this year:

I'll let you know when we can start crafting again for 2014. Watch this page for updates :)


Thank You All for your donations in 2012!

It's past the time to make Christmas Cards For Troops in 2012 now. Christmas 2012 isn't too far away, (really! It's approaching fast!) and I am very glad many of you decided to make an extra few special cards for our Troops this year.

PS: A special big thank you to all who have sent their handmade greetings and decorations to me. Your generosity is always appreciated so much!

The total number of 2012 Christmas cards donated is 215! I received 18 from Ronnel when I first made the 2012 call, then 60 from Alz and 34 from Lizzy. I received another 40 cards from Laura in Western Australia along with some beautiful Christmas rosette decorations, cards from Sarah, Amanda, Anthea, Kelly, Leanne, Shirley and a local Cub Scout Troop (thank you, Trish!) Way to go, everyone!



Thank You to the 2011 Contributors!

I am sending a huge Thank You to all who have contributed to the Cards for Troops drives in the past. Our drives have made a difference to a lot of Troops. People have sent both Christmas and Mother's Day handmade greetings to our Troops before. As an example of your generosity, I am very happy to report that for our first drive (Christmas 2011), we made over 200 cards! They filled three big B3 bags and I was able to post a bag to Afghanistan, one to East Timor and one to The Solomon Islands, all thanks to the generosity of spirit of those who gave unselfishly for others. You can see our other drive results here:

I love to think of the comfort and joy we will be sending to our Troops in foreign lands. Many will surely know they are appreciated and remembered by those they serve.

When I packaged them up, the bags of Cards for Troops looked pretty impressive. Here's a picture of the three parcels right before I sealed them and took them off to the Post Office:

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PS: Details of the ongoing appeal appear below. In a nutshell, we can make Mother's Day Cards till March and Christmas Cards till October any year.


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