HADDON Twp. (CBS) –– For American soldiers in war zones, sending a greeting card home is not always easy. Thousands of volunteers, including in our area, are helping troops get those notes back to the United States.

It’s called Operation Write Home. Crafters across the country have mobilized to make more than a million handmade cards so troops can give a little gift of home.

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Give Colleen Dietrich of Haddon Township a few pieces of paper, and she can make art. She’s a crafter who creates fancy greeting cards.

“I take a lot of pride in the cards that I make,” Dietrich said.

Now she’s making them for the troops. She is donating her favorites to Operation Write Home. Thousands of fellow card makers across the country are making blank cards for soldiers to choose and send home.

The idea was started by Sandy Allnock of suburban Seattle. She spoke to us via Skype from her home workshop.

“Behind me are all these cards,” said Allnock. “These have been made by crafters across the country for deployed heroes.”

The handmade cards come in various themes, “missing you” or “happy birthday” for example. They are shipped to three central locations, then shipped overseas to military bases.

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“Word has spread among the troops that they love these cards. It makes it really easy for them to write home,” said Allnock.

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For Colleen Dietrich, it’s just a way to say thanks for their sacrifice.

“It makes me feel good to help them in some small way,” she said. “I mean, it’s not enough. The thank you I provide in the form of a handmade card is just not enough for what they do, but it makes me feel good.”


Operation Write Home

Reported by Dave Huddleston

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