Operation Write Home provides gifts of cards for servicemen
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BEAVERTON - About 40 volunteers, young and old, worked for several hours at Saturday's 'Operation Write Home' card making event, hosted by Beaverton's Village Baptist Church on Armed Forces Day, May 21.
They completed 898 cards and letters for the organization that will be shipped to service people stationed all over the globe. The cards serve as a valuable tool in helping families keep connected.
Though technology makes it easier for today's service men and women to keep in touch with their families, there's nothing that can replace the thrill of a piece of mail in the mailbox from a loved one. That's where Operation Write Home (operationwritehome.org) steps in. The nonprofit organization provides handmade cards for military personnel around the world.
'Our mission is to make sure deployed American service members have a steady supply of blank handmade greeting cards to help them keep in touch with home,' said Sandy Allnock, an avid craft hobbyist who began the organization when a small group of crafters met deployed service personnel on a message board and discussed sharing their creations. Allnock began coordinating shipments of cards out of her living room.
The organization has grown since then, supplying 486,000 cards in 2010, and has a total in-kind budget of $1 million of donated cards, postage funds and other in-kind contributions. Popularity among the deployed has grown, as well.
Says one solider serving in Iraq, 'The amount of joy that the soldier has in picking the card and writing the letter is matched or exceeded by the lucky recipient of that card,' said one soldier serving in Iraq.
On Friday, May 13, Operation Write Home send out its one millionth card in a package headed to the USS Carl Vinson.
Stories and testimonies of just how much the cards mean are what keep Saturday's event organizer, Marlene Fuller, coming back to create more and more.
Former service member Craig Bredemeier attended Saturday's event.
'I wish we could have had these cards when I was in Iraq,' he said. 'Many of our men didn't receive any mail, and this would have encouraged them a lot.'
Public invited to Adapted Liturgy
CEDAR MILL - The public is invited June 26 to the St. Pius X Adapted Liturgy, a Mass that celebrates the lives and gifts of all people, including those with physical and developmental disabilities.
Every effort is made to accommodate the inclusion and participation of each person. The church is accessible for wheelchairs, and listening devices are available.
The Adapted Liturgy is usually offered the fourth Sunday of every month at 2:15 p.m. at St. Pius X, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road. Call 503-644-5264 for more information. Future dates are July 24 and Aug. 28. A casual reception follows.
Art of Marriage seminar planned
BEAVERTON - Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., will host 'The Art of Marriage,' a 1½-day video seminar, on Friday, June 17, and Saturday June 18.
The seminar, presented by Family Life, is built on biblically based content designed to help couples develop godly marriages. It brings together some of the most respected and influential pastors and experts of marriage and family all in one setting. The seminar also provides a fresh approach to a video event by weaving together engaging stories, real-life testimonies, man-on-the-street interviews and humorous vignettes to help couples fully experience God's plan for marriage.
The cost is $47 per couple and $24 per person. The Friday session will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and the Saturday session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Child care will be provided without charge for children from birth through the fifth grade for those who are pre-registered and paid.
For more information contact the church office at 503-646-2151, or to register online visit bcc.org.