Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Wanda Barrett spreads a set of note cards she has handmade across the table.
“I’d rather do this than eat,” said the NHC Rossville HealthCare resident.
Barrett is the coordinator of the community service project Operation Write Home. In an effort to support the nation’s troops, those involved with OWH create blank homemade cards for soldiers to write on and send to their loved ones. She said she is proud to support deployed troops and has done so for the past three and a half years she’s been at NHC.
She provides care and encouragement through the 1,100 cards she has prepared for mailing to soldiers in Afghanistan — this month alone.
“It lets them know we’re thinking about them,” Barrett said. “They’ve taken care of us, I’d like to help them keep in touch with their families.”
She and other NHC residents create cards for servicemen yearround. She said she cuts pictures out of books and magazines to create the blank cards that will soon carry moving messages home. She chooses pictures of birds and flowers to design her cards, saying they remind her of freedom.
According to the OWH website, 1,695,528 handcrafted cards have been deployed since 2007. OWH ships boxes filled with blank cards every week of the year and welcomes everyone to join in helping keep heroes in touch with home.
Those interested in participating or setting up community card-making events can learn more at operationwritehome.org.