It all began at a luncheon of retired ladies who used to work together in Annapolis, MD.  One of our ladies always did a great deal of charity work for our military.  So, we asked her, now that you are retired, are you still doing work for our soldiers.  And her answer was a resounding YES!  We offered to help.  She told us what was needed in care packages and also that they loved to receive cards.  Being a card maker, I jumped on the chance to make cards for our military.  But decided to make cards they could send back to their loved ones and friends. 

And so, it began……………

In 2016, a few crafty friends got together and made 300 Valentine cards for our service men and women.  Well, we thought that was fun and thought that was that. But God had another plan.  With a little nudge, we decided to make Christmas cards that year.  We gathered at the Elks Lodge in Edgewater, MD. for our first event.  We made 550 cards.  Well, by now, it was pretty obvious that we were going to continue to make cards for our soldiers.  So, we thought about how we could increase this number and smaller groups began making cards – sometimes with our help and sometimes on their own.  By now our group was six enthusiastic volunteers and we were geared up to continue making  cards and increasing our numbers. 

In 2017, we sent 2,010 cards overseas;

In 2018, we sent 5,324  cards overseas; 

In 2019 we sent 6,986 cards overseas and participated in 20 small events throughout that year. 

By this time, we decided we needed a real push to get more volunteers and more card makers involved.  So, we contacted Guideposts Magazine and pitched our story for their “Someone Cares” column.  And they liked it. So, in the June/July 2020 issue of Guideposts Magazine, our story appeared in the “Someone Cares” column.  (Just to give you an example how God is in charge of this program.  We had wanted the article to appear in 2019, but it didn’t work out that way.  Guideposts did, however, run our story in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic.  Folks were at home so card makers were happy for something creative and worthwhile to do. God at work here.)

Our email lit up like a Christmas tree and we were off and running.  

We sent 76,012 cards in 2020.  A banner year for sure. And we were more convinced than ever that this was God’s plan for us.  

Up until now, we did not have to worry about the cost of shipping packages.  The American Legion in Mayo, MD. took care of all of our shipping costs.  But now those costs had grown and we needed to help with those costs.  

A fundraiser at a local restaurant and social media helped us raise enough to send 69,820 cards to our troops in 2021.  

We continue to need funds to send our cards to our military, so if you can help in any way, please reach out to cardsfortroops2398@gmail.com.  We appreciate your support very much.  And just so you know, we are a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Annapolis, MD and all of the money we receive goes to support our program.  No one on our team of volunteers is paid. 

We are anxious to see what God has in store for us as we continue our mission to make and send handmade cards to our troops so they have cards to send to family and friends. 

Stay tuned……………