Friday Foto: Cards & Heroes + Giveaway

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

-John F. Kennedy

"I miss my Daddy like Nemo," TJ, my three-year old, uttered to me after watching a Finding Nemo scene.  Gill, the Moorish Idol with a scar, had asked Nemo, "You miss your Dad, don't you, Shark Bait?"  and Nemo replied, "Yeah."  I was taken by surprise when my son made the relation, and it completely broke my heart.  As the kids get older, it gets harder to watch their father leave for a temporary duty, deployment, or whatever reason the military sends him away from us.  It may be a few months, weeks, or days, but no matter how long it is, it's always a difficult time for our family.  I try to keep things as normal as possible, but they seem to always notice his absence.  Whenever they hear a plane fly over or see another man in a flight suit, they look up to see if it is him.  A day doesn't go by when CJ points out Daddy in every picture we walk past when we're descending the stairs or TJ is asking for Daddy to come home.  I tell them that Daddy will be home soon—and I pray that he will, but I cannot tell you the number of times my mind runs wild with horrible scenarios—and the moment Daddy walks through our front door is priceless.  Everyone, including myself, starts shrieking and jumping with joy.  TJ usually says, "Daddy, you came home!"  and Daddy will reply, "I did! I told you I would!"  Daddy is home with us again...until the next mission...and I am thankful and proud of everything he does for us and our country.

Today, I cannot help to think of all the families that are separated from one another as fathers, mothers, sons, and/or daughters are serving our country.  To make things easier, Card Gnome, an online greeting card store, would like to thank the military for their sacrifice and service by creating a program, Cards & Heroes:  Greeting Cards for and from Our Military.  It is a two-fold holiday program that is focused on sending holiday greeting cards (the old-fashioned paper kind that's slipped in an envelope, stamped, and placed in the mailbox opposed to a click-and-send email) to our military as well as allowing military members to send cards to loved ones if they cannot be home for the holidays.  For active military members who would like to participate, they must register with an email address ending in .mil, and the first 10,000 cards will be free, including postage (limit one per military member).  The other great part of this program is Card Gnome's support of the American Red Cross's Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.  Individuals can send a holiday greeting card by selecting "Send to a Hero" at check-out, and Card Gnome will relay the greeting to the American Red Cross whom will distribute it to a member of the US military, veteran, and/or their families.   

With the Cards & Heroes program, individuals will be able to send greeting cards from now until December 7, 2011 to our heroes, and military members will be able to send one free card from now until December 31, 2011.  For more information about the program, please click here.

In addition, we are giving away a coupon code for 10 free greeting cards at Card Gnome (a $49.90 value!) to one lucky winner.  To enter, please leave a comment answering the following question:  What does Veterans Day mean to you?

You can also earn extra entries in this contest by doing any or all of the following:

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4)  Follow us on twitter and tweet about this giveaway:  "Giveaway: Win 10 free Card Gnome greeting cards from @traviews.  Enter at"

This giveaway will be closed on Friday, November 18, 2011, at 7:00 am PST; and the lucky winner will be announced on Sunday, November 20, 2011.

UPDATE 11/20:  Congratulations, Iraida Pisano!  Hope you enjoy your 10 free greeting cards at Card Gnome—just in time to send holiday cards to your family and friends. 

Disclosure:  Photo of greeting card and prize courtesy of Card Gnome; and I was not compensated for this post.  I simply think any appreciative act for our heroes deserves an honorable mention.

2 Comentarios

  1. When I think of Veterans Day, two words come to mind: appreciation and pride. I am filled with appreciation for those who have served and those who are currently placing their lives on the line for their country. Appreciation for the sacrifices made not only by the military member, but by their families, especially their spouses and kids. It's appreciating all the missed anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays so that the majority of America can celebrate those same special events care-free. I am overwhelmed with pride to know so many people who willingly choose to live the lifestyle of constant sacrifice. And for the opportunity to serve beside them. You'll never be a part of a greater fraternity than the US military where we all have a common bond and a common goal of protecting our nation no matter what the price. And yes, that cozy blanket of freedom you sleep under every night, it isn't free...

  2. Every time I see any U.S. military, I swell with pride that there are so many Americans willing to lay their lives on the line for our freedom and those of others. AND, it is not only their lives that they sacrifice, but those of their loved ones who are waiting for them to come home, who love, support and pray for them each and everyday.

    Through this simple greeting card, you can do the same. Our nation is at a critical point where military service and support are being questioned. Honor our heroes - send our men and women a card and give them a chance to do the same. Click on Cards & Heroes: Greeting Cards for and from Our Military.

    Thank you, Maricel, for sharing this information!



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