Birthday Bash 2011!


After the rousing success of the 2010 parties, we're about to start the fun again! September is the month we celebrate receiving our nonprofit status paperwork in 2009. September 12th to be exact. So we party OWH-style...by making cards! YOU can get involved too! Watch this short vlog to get the scoop:

1. Cardmaking parties nationwide
Set up a party during September and sign it up here - it can be at your home, your church, your local retailer. And one of these lucky parties that signs up during August will win 1,000 envelopes!! Woohoo! (Only in our world is that 'exciting,' eh?) When you sign up, your party will be added to our calendar, and others can find it and contact you about coming, too. What? you didn't know we had this feature on our site? Go see if there's a party near you!

If you do get a local retailer to join in and host a party, be sure to send them this link to a downloadable kit full of lots of goodies for their store - posters, bagstuffers, everything they'll need to promote a great event! You can also request a Skype or Google+ visit from Sandy if you've got a laptop and internet access at your party location!

2. Online fun all month
Here on S&S, we'll either host or link to someone hosting a challenge for our birthday bash that day—with blog candy you could win! Some challenges will be for that day only, so you'll have to keep up with the mojo; others may last a week or even til the end of the month. Email partners@operationwritehome.org with your challenge idea, blog address, and we'll get it set up.
Virtual Cardmaking party: We'll be hosting an all-weekend virtual party on Sept 10-11-12th (extending into Monday!) again. We'll link on this S&S blog to a new blogger every 2 hours - that means 8 challenges a DAY for Saturday and Sunday, and Monday's a free-for-all catchup! Submit one of YOUR ideas for a challenge for just that weekend to birthday@operationwritehome.org. Include your blog address in the email. Our blog team will pick the best challenge ideas, and we'll contact you with more info if your challenge idea is picked. You'll be given a time to post your challenge, and an Inlinkz code so people can join in. (If you hosted one for our 4th of July party, please sit on your hands for this one, thanks!)

3. Fundraising

And if you remember this post, you'll know we're expecting to spend $13,000 on shipping in September, October, and November. But - if we have 130 cardmaking parties in September, with 10 people at each one, and each person donates $10...we'll cover that bill! We could make a big dent in our goal.

You can also set up a Firstgiving page - and ask your family and friends to help out!


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Hope you'll stick with us all month - be inspired and motivated, and have a lot of fun! (Subscribe by email using the link at the right, and all the posts will be sent right to your in box!)

granny cindy  – (August 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM)  

Agreed. Operation Write Home has been in business since 2007. That's 4 years where I come from :)

Stamper in TRAINing –   – (August 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM)  

I second that motion, or is that third the motion? Well, at any rate, OWH is FOUR years old!!! YEAH!!!

Auntie Marg  – (August 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM)  

I agree 4, That is when your first box of cards went out thats when it all started.

Christine  – (August 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM)  

I say 4 ~ who cares if its only officially 3 in the governments eyes... they always were slow to the party =)

Rhonda Miller  – (August 14, 2011 at 1:35 PM)  

Yay, this sounds like fun. I can't wait to get mine organized.

campbelljudy1228  – (August 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM)  

I think it will be four years and going into five years soon!

Kathy V.  – (August 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM)  

OWH is an organization from the heart--NOT the government! So, I'd say we're 4 going on 5! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Anonymous –   – (August 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM)  

we are 4 of course.

Tami B.  – (August 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM)  

A birthday is a birthday- one time! and that means- at the first appearance, so 4 years is what it should be.

Rufus  – (August 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM)  

OWH is 4 years old! You only get one birthday and OWH's is 2007! I think I sent my first box of cards in either late 2207 or early 2008.
Sounds like Sept. is going to be a fun and busy month.
R/

Anonymous –   – (August 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM)  

2011-2007=4!!!!! We are so four--don't care what the IRS says!!!! Can't wait to start making cards again once everyone goes back to school!!!! Denise I. :)

AllisonG  – (August 14, 2011 at 6:53 PM)  

HAHAHAHA! I agree with everyone - OWH is 4 years old. (Would anyone even DARE to comment otherwise at this point...LOL?!)

Allison G in TX

Yolanda  – (August 14, 2011 at 8:07 PM)  

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Of course OWH is 4--Happy 4!!!

Joan –   – (August 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM)  

When the first box was mail was the start of Operation Write Home. So we are 4+ years old.

Patricia H  – (August 20, 2011 at 2:05 PM)  

If the first box of cards was shipped in April 2007, then OWH is almost 4.5 years old!

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