Without a doubt, the most popular items in the care packages we send are the letters of thanks written by grateful Americans of all ages. Some messages are a single sentence long, some go on for a full page or more and others are little more than a sweet drawing and a heartfelt “Thank you.”
But each letter is cherished and greatly appreciated by the recipient!
There is no such thing as a “typical” letter — that’s what makes each one so very special.
Kids send cheerful drawings like this one, left, and the troops decorate their living and work spaces with precious reminders that they are not forgotten by all of us back home.
“Receiving support from home is always welcomed here and my favorite part of care packages are the letters and drawings from the kids. Those make my day! Thanks again! AM2 A.R.H.”
The troops love to write back when time allows:
“I’m always excited to receive a package! I’ve gotten great pleasure in reading the personal hand written letters and drawings from kids and adults alike, and I’ve got a few with addresses that I will be replying to today. SrA D.S.”
With our Fall “Holiday Drive” coming up soon, we thought now would be a good time to emphasize our on-going need for cards, letters and drawings for the thousands of care packages we send each year…not only to deployed troops, but to Veterans and Wounded Warriors as well.
Want to write some letters? Thank you! As you write, please keep in mind the following important guidelines:
–Since the cards/letters will be shipped in our care packages, please sort and bundle them by type (Troops/Veterans/Wounded Warriors) and send them together to us in a single package.
–”Thank you” letters not related to a specific time of year/holiday are most appreciated.
–No individual envelopes are needed, but if you do wish to put individual notes into individual envelopes, please leave them un-sealed. You do not need to put postage on the individual envelopes, however…just onto the package you send us.
–Please avoid glitter.
–Avoid politics entirely and religion in excess; it is acceptable to write “God bless you” and/or “I’m praying for you.” Keep the message upbeat and positive.
–Talk about yourself; ask questions (not about death/dying); express thanks.
–Please include your own contact information (mail or email) so recipients can choose to reply.
–Handwritten or hand signed letters or cards are most appreciated. Drawings are great too!
–All letters will be screened by Operation Gratitude; do not seal if placing in an individual envelope (unless it is the envelope to mail your one letter to us).
–Please allow us enough time to screen holiday letters – the earlier we receive them ahead of time (for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah), the better. Please note: It is difficult to give an exact deadline — for Thanksgiving, we should receive letters/cards by early October; for Christmas and Hannukah, by early November.
–If you do not receive a reply, please be understanding.
We have helpful flyers that you are welcome to download and distribute:
Letters may be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Questions? Send an email to email@example.com
THANK YOU for your support!