With Olympic spirit running through my veins, I have two patriotic cards to share.
I also have a favor to ask of my fellow OWHers. So, I'll start with that.
"Making a Difference" for Operation Write Home
I don't know how many of you are familiar with a regular feature on NBC Nightly News called Making a Difference. It's actually my favorite part of the newscast.
In brief, they are about 3-minute segments at the end of the broadcast that feature individuals and non-profits making a difference in the world. They are amazing stories that often bring tears to my eyes.
On more than one occasion, I've thought it would be great to have a feature about Operation Write Home. When I came across an online application, I e-mailed Sandy. Naturally, she said, "Go for it!"
Then, I did a bit more research. There was an article about these features that pointed out that non-profits are only mentioned once or twice in a feature. The article stated that the focus is typically on an individual.Thinking back to features I have seen, this is absolutely true.
So, this is the part of the nomination that will surprise Sandy. I chose to make her the focus of my nomination submission. (Sorry, Sandy -- hope you don't mind too much. I figured it was better to ask forgiveness after the fact...)
Now comes the part where I'm asking a favor of fellow OWHers. There is an option to submit replies to the online submission. I don't know the criteria for selection. Nor do I know if a large number of replies would improve the chance of being selected. But, if you'd like to join in this cause, there are two things you can to help:
- Go to this site and share a first-person account of how Sandy has inspired your work for OWH and/or how she has made a difference for our heroes and their families. My submission is on page 5, under the name Sybrina K.
- Help spread the news to others who might like to leave replies. My blog doesn't reach a whole lot of people. But, all of our blogs combined -- now, that would be a lot of folks!
Now for the card portion of today's post. :)
"Making a Difference" for 2 Heroes: OWH Sketch #132
Julie is so right about the Olympics being the impetus to make some patriotic cards. Both of the following cards were inspired by today's sketch. In addition, both use a fabulous ribbon that I found at St. Marys Hobby Center in Northwest Ohio.
The first card is in response to this week's Midweek Throwdown challenge to make an Any Hero Card. The second is a generic, patriotic card for a hero to send back home.
|Paper: Core'dinations, Bazzill cardstock, AC Christmas collection cardstock; yummy ribbon; gems|
|Paper: Core'dinations, Bazzill cardstock; yummy ribbon; gems|
As always, thanks for stopping. And, special thanks to those joining the Making A Difference effort. Happy scrappin!
Go Team USA!