We all have left over holiday cards every year, so why not put them to good use and spread some holiday cheer. Nearly 1 in 4 of our men and women serving over seas receive limited mail from home. They sacrifice time away from their lives and family at home for YOU so that we can safely and freely enjoy our holidays.
Participation is easy and we encourage everyone to help. Get you friends, family, communities, school, churches etc, involved in showing our troops that they are loved and supported. Especially during the holidays when missing home is even harder.
What you need to know:
-We welcome cards of ALL faiths
-do NOT seal your envelopes (we read all cards)
-you may decorate envelope. We mail in bulk
-you may include email or address for response (no phone numbers)
-You may use stickers
-Please mail multiple cards in bulk
-The cards do NOT need stamps (just postage to get to us)
-no bigger than 8.5"x11"
-you may include photos (must be appropriate!)
While its great to say that we have sent 1 million cards in the last 4 years, this year we are striving to achieve more quality cards and less quantity. So while we will still accept store bought cards we are encouraging you to make home made cards. Everything you need is made by our sponsors EK Success Brands and sold at your local Michaels Craft Store.
Your cards MUST include the following:
-Spend time making sure cards are heartfelt and they are something you would want your loved one to receive.
-a MINIMUM of 5 sentences! This is a must! QUALITY over quantity! Pictures from young children are acceptable.
-If cards do not follow guidelines they will be thrown away.
OCC runs on your donations and those of our sponsors. Each box holds approximately 300 cards and costs $14 to mail overseas and $16 for those that we send to those stationed state side away from their homes. We again anticipate a record number of cards this year and need YOUR help. We anticipate $7,500 in shipping charges alone.
WE WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS!