I am pretty sure I mentioned this group before, but because the season of Christmas cards is upon us, I am going to repeat it again. The organization I have in mind today is:
AMILLIONTHANKS.org. This organization was started by a 14 year old girl here in Orange County, California. She wanted to do something for all the US military personnel wherever they were scattered around the world. She wanted to see if she could get people to send cards and letters to our service men and women and her goal was 1 million. She made it and now the organization has sent over 6 million plus letters and cards to our heroes.
What do you have to do? It’s very simple. Not going to use last year’s left over holiday cards? Found some cute ones while you were out shopping this past week? Want to spend time with your family, laugh, bond, and serve others at the same time? There is a way to do this in one joyous fell swoop. Here’s the scoop:
Sign a batch of unused Christmas cards as a family. (One year our women’s book club passed cards around and signed them.) Don’t forget to play the Christmas carols and have a mug of hot chocolate while you are doing this. No matching envelopes? No worries. A Million Thanks wants only the signed cards and letters. When you get some done, put them in one big envelope and mail to:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd.
Villa Park, California
Send as many as you like but the group asks you to bundle them with a rubber band in batches of 50, like sizes together. Be positive and creative. Little ones can draw pictures. Include your name and address if you wish as you may hear back from our brave women and men. Have fun! You can include a donation if you wish, but it is not required. This is a 501c charity so your donation is tax deductible.
There are just 3 don’ts: put each card in a separate envelope. Don’t send food. And please no cards with glitter or confetti as these can fall off into a wound.
Have a great time doing this. You’ll make someone’s day and enjoy your holiday better.