Thursday, June 16, 2011

Helping a Hero with...

“Operation Write Home”

I wanted to share some information on a project I feel honored to help with. Check it out:

Reserve some time on Saturday, June 25, 2011. This Saturday will be a SPECIAL day with you, our customers, joining us to send some special handmade love to our troops.

A Walk Down Memory Lane is teaming up with international crafting supplies manufacturer, We R Memory Keepers, powerhouse magazine Scrapbooks Etc’s Craft it Forward program, and vacation company Cruise and Crop, to launch a major initiative, Operation We R Grateful, to bring cheer to active duty soldiers of the US Military.

Operation We R Grateful is a large campaign designed to collect thousands of cards to send to deployed troops, through the organization Operation Write Home. OWH sends blank cards to troops to use to send home. The Operation has multiple components to the campaign: card classes, album workshops, contests and events.

A Walk Down Memory Lane is sponsoring a full day for card makers at the store located at 1418Main Street in Rock Valley, Iowa. Starting at 10am there will be a card class for beginners to learn how to make cards. At 12pm the workshop/classroom area will be open for the public to come in and make their own cards, use our card templates or ideas to make cards, and there will be pre-made cards to send to the troops in appreciation for their sacrifices.

A Walk Down Memory Lane is also a collection center for people who already made cards, and just want to drop off their completed cards. The last day to drop off cards is July 5, 2011.


10 – 12. . . Join us for a free beginners class to learn how to make cards or some simple stamping techniques (PLEASE call by June 23 to register for the class)

12 – 5 . . . Our workshop/classroom will be open for people to make some cards to send to the troops. If you are new to card making, we will have some templates ready for you to copy and make some cards. All you need to do is purchase the paper/embellishments for your cards, we’ll provide the ideas! If you are a seasoned card maker, bring your supplies and make some cards for as many hours as you would like.

10 – 5 . . . Come in and sign a card to say thanks to a member of our military. We will have pre-made cards for the public to come in and voice their thanks in a handmade card.

5 – 11 . . . We have a scheduled workshop this evening. If you make or bring 5 cards to send to the troops, you can crop for free during this crop. Please call us to sign up for the crop so we can reserve a spot for you.


They are looking for all types of cards. You can make birthday, thinking of you, love, thank you, holiday or get well cards that are blank inside for the troops to send back to family and friends. These need to be blank inside, so the troops can write in their message to their loved ones. Also, if your card has a dark inside, please line it with a light color for them to write on. One more note…NO GLITTER on these cards please! Night Vision goggles can pick up a spec of glitter on a uniform miles away!

We will also be collecting cards for you to send your appreciation to the troops. Make any type of Thank You card with a short message from you inside.

Deadline for dropoff is July 5, 2011.


Our sponsors are giving away a CARIBBEAN CRUISE to one lucky winner! When you make your cards, bundle them up with an ENTRY FORM to be entered for the drawing. Each “type” of card needs an entry form. So, you can make 10 birthday cards but you only need one entry form. If you make 5 birthday cards, and 5 holiday cards, you need 2 entry forms.

Click HERE for a link to more details about the contest.
Click HERE for the rules and regulations

Thanks so much for helping us support the troops. I know they will love getting handmade cards from home, that they can send to their friends and family. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to call us at the store at 712-476-3443

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