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I have many vivid memories of my time in the Air Force, but one of the most vivid is the hundreds of pallets of cards from American citizens that we processed and shipped to deployed service members during Operation Desert Storm. It was so heartwarming to see the concrete support of all those citizens. I know firsthand how much a simple card and personal message means to service members, veterans and their families. Let’s all get involved by sending cards to support our troops and you can use this free printable to make your cards.
Having seen for myself and when my husband was deployed how much it means to deployed troops to receive cards, I’ve often sent cards to deploying and deployed troops, troops in military hospitals and veterans in V.A. hospitals. I realize that not everyone has a craft room stocked with card making supplies, so to make it easy for anyone and everyone to make and send cards to support our troops, I’ve created a free printable of card designs you can print out and use.
Cards to Support Our Troops
You’re probably familiar with the idea of writing and sending cards to support military members, their families and veterans. There’s a second way you can create and send cards to troops by sending blank cards that they can use to send to their family members. I know this won’t surprise you, but there are no card stores in many deployed locations. Troops want cards to send to their families and friends, but don’t have a way to get them. Making cards for the troops to send to their loved ones is a truly helpful way to support our troops.
Why not make cards to send directly to deployed service members and make cards for them to send to their loved ones? I know, big smile, right?!
Did you know that Dollar General has partnered with the USO and Coca-Cola™ to “Share an Ice Cold Coke with military heroes?” Look at these Limited Edition Coca-Cola 16 ounce cans honoring military heroes. What a fun way to honor a:
- Service Member
- Military Spouse
- Military Mom
- Military Dad
You can gather family and friends to help you make cards and serve these limited edition Coca-Cola cans at your card making party to inspire and celebrate.
These military-themed cans are exclusively available at Dollar General. I love heading out to my local Dollar General because I take a ferry to get there. How fun is that?!
Once I got to Dollar General, I found the Limited Edition collectible Coca-Cola military-themed can display in the middle of the store. Of course, I had to get several of each of the five designs because they’re just so cool.
Once I got back home, I created these free printable card designs. You can print them out and use them to make your own cards. With these six images it’d easy to create an endless combination and designs.
How to Make Cards to Support Our Troops
White Card Stock Paper
Double Stick Tape or Glue
Envelopes – Invitation envelopes are the perfect size for these cards.
Step 1 – Cut card stock paper in half so that you have 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch sized paper. Fold the paper in half to make a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inch card.
Step 2- Print out the free printable card images. Cut out the images.
Step 3 – Lay out the images to create card designs. Be creative. The design combinations are infinite. You can also add solid colored card stock paper to layer and make designs stand out more.
Card Design Ideas
- Cards with the large heart combo design
- Cards with the large star combo design
- Cards with the flag
- Cards with cut out stars only
- Cards with cut out hearts only
- Cards with a mix of text and designs
- Cards with additional solid or decorative paper added
- Cards embellished with
- Washi Tape
Do not use anything with glitter. We all know how insidious glitter is and how it gets everywhere. Troops don’t need or want glitter on their uniforms for a variety of reasons.
In addition to making and sending cards to support troops, you can send thank you and supportive messages online to our troops through the USO. Dollar General, the USO and Coca-Cola have set a goal of sending 25,000 messages to our heroes that serve with honor and dedication every single day. It’s a simple way to send your personal thanks directly to service members around the world.
Once you’ve created your own cards, contact your local USO to donate the cards to service members. Why not donate ice cold Cokes, especially these limited edition military hero cans, to go along with the cards as an extra touch of Americana and way to say thank you. For even more ideas, be to check out more ways to support the USO and our troops.