Would you like to help the Cards for Troops Drive? Would you like to enable Aussie Troops who can not easily access cards (let alone hand-made ones!) To send some handmade greeting cards to their loved ones?
Calling all you wonderful card makers!
Many of our troops are deployed overseas, where there are no local stations or card shops, and they really 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. So go ahead and make the cards you would like for all occasions, and send them on to me before October 1st this year.
Please Note: The only specification for cards made for the Australian armed forces is:
The USA 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.
Also, the cards have to be sent in those 2kg Australia Post boxes so the size of the cards cannot exceed the box size! The cards can be any shape, as long as they have an envelope to fit them.
Any card that you would send through Australia Post is a good card.
Thank you in advance for taking part in the 2019 Card Drive!
We will do our best to acknowledge receipt of your cards but if you have not heard from us, please do contact me about your cards.
The Cards for Troops drive to help our Aussie soldiers on deployment overseas is now completed for 2018.
"Lord, pray war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace".
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Good news! The amazing cards you all sent for this year's Drive were mailed out today, November 22nd 2018! While some areas have been supplied with enough cards for the year, we were able to mail ours out after all without waiting.
Here's our report on the mailing of the cards.
The Cards for Troops Drive 2018 resulted in 19 boxes of handmade cards being posted to our deployed Troops. Here they are stacked in the back of our car for delivery to the Post Office.
It took two shopping trollies for hubby and I to get all those boxed cards upstairs to the Post Office.
Here we are in the Post Office, lodging the boxes with them so they could be transported to our Troops.
Hubby gives the boxes a final pat before we left them inside the Post Office, safely handed over for delivery.
Thank you. Thank you to all who participated in this year's Drive.
I'll be letting you know when we start collecting for next year
The 2018 Cards for Troops Drive is now complete. I am in the process of checking with the military to find out when they would like our boxes of hand made cards to be sent. It seems it has been a bumper year for cardmakers from various groups to send Cards to the Troops, so they have well and truly enough cards to last over Christmas.(Yay! We could send them in November after all!)
Please hold any cards you are making for next year for now. It may be that our current consignment of cards won't be sent till January 2019. I will delay collecting more till I have heard that they want us to send more.
I'll announce to you all when our boxes of beautiful cards have been sent, and keep them all boxed up and high and dry till then!
In the meantime, I am sending out a huge THANK YOU to all the crafters who have generously given their time and supplies to the 2018 Drive. We have around 2000 cards to send thanks to you! I love your creativity! Here is a list of the first names or initials of this year's valued contributors:
Barbara (2 mailings received now)
I am going to add photos of some of your cards to this page and rotate through the stacks of shots. I have of all your beautiful cards! I'll change them out weekly or so till the end of the Drive for 2018 in October.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Susan, Shelia and Kim.
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.
Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
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:
as well as Christmas cards.
You are all amazing! ❤❤❤
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:
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.
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:
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:
FOR FEMALE TROOPS HYGIENE YOU MAY SEND THE FOLLOWING:
ENTERTAINMENT and Miscellaneous Items:
Other allowable sporting or recreational goods:
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 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
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!
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:
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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