Well, it's November 1, so you know what that means? It means the deadline for mailing in Christmas holiday cards has passed. (Winter cards - no Christmas papers or sentiments please! - are ok through the end of December.)
Oh no, Kate! I have Christmas cards I haven't mailed to my shipper yet! Is it really too late? What do I do?
I promise your shipper has seen all the wreaths and reindeers she wants to see until next summer, but have no fear! I have the perfect solution for you. Any Hero Christmas Mail! Part of the fun of the holidays is sending cards to people you love, but another great thing is receiving mail. Many of our heroes won't be getting cards or letters this season, and this is where your wreaths and reindeers can save the day. Write a letter to a hero. Deadline for Any Hero Christmas mail is November 30, so you have time! (And we include non-holiday-specific Hero Mail in every box all year round, so it's always the right time!)
But Kate, I feel weird about writing Any Hero mail. I never know what to write.
And that's the reason for today's tutorial. Keep reading, and you'll see how easy it is! Let's start with some basics:
Ok, but really, I'm not that good with words. Can't you give me some suggestions?
Sure. Here are some suggestions that were posted in OWH chat. You can use or adapt these for use in your own hero mail:
This card brings you greetings,
This card represents care,
This card salutes courage,
This card carries our prayers.
This card gives our thanks
For all that you do;
Till the day you come home safe
May God watch over you!
You are a hero
Not because you wear a uniform
Or carry a gun,
But because you serve your country
Far from loved ones and home.
There are not many
With the courage to do what you do.
You stand in the desert
To protect the helpless;
To guard the future;
And to build a better world.
We salute you
For who you are and what you do.
May God protect you
The way you protect others.
May God lay His loving hands on you
And keep you safe from harm
Until the day you return home
And ever after.
Born to love
Trained to protect
Destined to be our hero.
—from an AnyHero letter by a child
Just a little note to say
That tho you may be far away
Friends and strangers for you pray
That God may keep you safe today
God & I thought about you today.
This I pray
God bless you
Your courage gives me courage
If I never said Thank You, I do it now
May God grant you Victory
Prayers are the way I visit you
Remembered always, never forgotten
is Fear that has said it prayers.
—added by Chrissi, found on a church bulletin
Thank you for who you are,
where you are,
doing what you're doing.
Be safe and come home soon.
Here are some other ideas:
Can I get the kids involved?
Of course! Kids are naturals at Hero Mail! We often hear from our heroes that they love to hang up kids artwork on their walls. Remember the number one rule, though, No Glitter!
You can download special OWH coloring pages for kids. Feel free to share them with your scout or school groups or sunday school classes.
If you'd like to solicit Any Hero mail from your church or civic group, check out the flyers here.
If you'd like to set up an Any Hero card-writing table at your next cardmaking party, check out this video for more tips.
Please take a moment to add any hints or tips you have for writing Any Hero mail in comments on this post.
Remember, if you have a topic you think would make a good Tuesday Tutorial, please please please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!