Wednesday, December 8, 2010

OWH Won 2nd Prize of $25,000 in the JoAnn Craft for a Cause!

Operation Write Home
Operation Write Home

Dear Sharon,

I am so proud to announce that you all have DONE it. We won the second prize of $25,000 in the Jo-Anns Craft for a Cause contest!!! Your faithful daily voting made it happen! Ciara was so excited she made a little video :) You can see Jo-Ann's official announcement on the CFAC page here:

We want to congratulate the other organizations as well - Project Linus (first place) and the American Cancer Society (third place). Both are fantastic organizations that do important work - and we're thrilled to be in their company! For a little org like us to even be in the finalists round, much less take home 2nd prize, is a great honor. THANK YOU to the voters who made this possible - and to Jo-Ann's for their incredible generosity!

What now? Our first purchase is new tape guns for our shippers - LOL! And our board of directors will be discussing the expenditure of the prize monies next year. My hope is that we will continue covering our shipping costs with the donations from our crafters and supporters - it's amazing what everyone's $5, $20, $50, and $100 gifts have achieved so far, keeping those boxes going out the door! With the prize, we have the chance to take care of some big ticket items - including attorney fees (for our trademark application), costs for the website and videos, and some professional help that is much needed to keep the org growing. What a blessing this is for OWH!

Celebrate with us! We know you want to cheer! So leave a message on our Facebook page, drop a comment on our Homefront Blog post, and then please send a thank-you card to Jo-Ann's! Wouldn't that be a lovely expression of what we love to do? Here's the address:

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
5555 Darrow Road
Hudson Ohio 44236

The best celebration of all will be redoubling our efforts to keep making those beautiful cards and getting them out to our heroes to write home on. Let's keep up the great work!

Thank you all so much for your support!

President, Operation Write Home

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