Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We Did It! Love to Soldiers is Complete!

A few weeks ago I asked if any of you would be interested in gathering some items to send to a troop of soldiers in Kuwait. My hope was that we could send four large priority boxes. Well, we sent EIGHT boxes, 85 valentines, and made a $35.00 donation to the AnySoldier project!
 I should have known that my blogger friends would respond in this way!
You're a group of generous, kindhearted women!
Enjoy these pictures. :)
Jumbo valentines made by Maddie.
A box from Erica and Maddie.
 Another box from Erica and Maddie.
 Patriotic Valentines, and a big box of things from Lynn.
click to visit Lynn's Etsy Shop. It's so cute!
 Adorable Valentines, and a large box of things from Dorothy.
 A big box of snacks, and handmade valentines, from Chris M.
 Tons of DVDs, and assorted mini things from Shirley.
 Four beautiful handmade valentines, plus a generous monetary donation from Kim.
 The sweetest handmade patriotic cards, made by Marlynne and her Great Grandson Eli.
Candy, Mints, and Gum from Viv.
 Sweet vintage style valentines, from Sandy.
Pretty handmade cards and lots of fun things from Pam.
 A big stack of unused greeting cards for the soldiers to send home, from Chris L.
  Deb's handmade cards, and items she sent.
And Tammy (The Air-Man's Mom), sent these cheerful handmade valentines.
 My (kind of weird) handmade valentines for the soldiers.
Jackson Brown checks out my contribution. My Aunt Judy donated $20 toward this batch too!
In addition, Marci and Susan, helped by making a monetary donation, which helped to send some of the things in this picture!
Several of the gals above also sent money to help with shipping costs. And for those of you who sent cards, I can't thank you enough! Because of you, we were able to make our goal of sending exactly 85 valentines!
I don't know what I would have done without Deb's help on this!
We got together on two different days at her house. We sorted, labeled, and boxed things up. Then we would realize we did something wrong, and have to take it apart and re-box things. lol
There was a lot of laughing, and sighing (from me not her), and then we (me) needed a couple of drinks when it was all said and done! We learned a lot about how to do this! And it was fun!
Sweet Pea and Jackson Brown helped out too!
Sending a HUGE thank you to Deb, and Everyone who participated in sending love to this particular group of soldiers! Maybe we will hear back from some of them. Let me know if you do!
Hugs- Erica :)



  1. woohoo!! great job! Im glad I participated!

  2. You are so amazing to have put this whole thing together. We all got to do the fun part....shopping and crafting. You and Deb did all the hard work!


  3. Thank you for coordinating this effort. Please thank Debbie too! What an awesome task.

  4. Such a feel good project. I was happy I could participate. Thanks so much Erica! To you and your assistant Deb! ;)

    Now that you have introduced us to their website, I'm sure many of us will be doing this again, and spreading the word.

    xo, Pam

  5. THANK YOU, ERICA for thinking about the "Soldiers". It felt good to do something for them. I agree, our blogging friends are AWESOME! I also THANK our BLOGGING FRIENDS! Hmm...I wonder what our next "helpful deed" will be??!!

  6. Thank you for posting all the photos. I didn't know what I was going to make when I signed up but it was fun to do it! You and your assistant Deb did a super job in getting everything packed and gone!

    I'm sure the unit is going to be surprised to receive 8 boxes! Thanks again for organizing it and to the other gals who helped! Should I start making Easter cards LOL?

  7. My husband is a soldier who just barely returned from a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan so I thank you and all the sweet ladies who participated for your thoughtfulness!

  8. Maybe next time I will be able to make some cards as well. But I am so happy I had the opportunity to participate. Thank you, cute Erica!

  9. You are all amazing! What a wonderful project!

  10. You had a wonderful idea Erica!! And my thanks to you and Deb for organizing and shipping the Valentine packages!

  11. I am so impressed with the generosity and the crafty contributions! Thanks to you for the great patriotic effort and seeing beyond ourselves!

    The Airman's Mom

  12. Thanks for thinking of the soldiers, Erica. You and Deb did a great job! I loved all the ideas, the DVD's and Sudoku were great ideas! I'm glad I participated in this, thanks!
    and those furbabies helping out were adorable too!!

  13. Thanks Erica for putting so much time and heart into this project. I just know those soldiers will be thrilled. Glad I could help.

  14. Hip Hip Hooray for you Hostess Erica, Aide Deb and all you awesome guys! That's sooooo wonderful!

  15. Awesome, wonderful job! What a huge blessing for all the soldiers and people involved in getting this together. You all have a huge heart and, Erica, this was a wonderful idea!

  16. So glad to hear you went over your goal! Was fun to see the Valentines our great grandson and I made!

  17. What a nice project, WOW. Just came over from Holly's and I'm looking forward to looking through your lovely posts. Just started following.
    Sending blessings,

  18. Wow!! What a great turn out this was, and soo soo awesome!! I wanted to thank you again Erica, and still wished I could have participated!! So nice that you and Deb were able to box and go through things together! Aren't her dogs cute!! :) xo Holly


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