If you’re reading this, you’re one of my regulars, and I have a special mission. I’m not posting this on the OWH site since it’s a small project and we don’t need hundreds of these special cards……while you’re reading, click play on this video and listen to the Polish national anthem. (And yes, I’m Polish, so this request has a special place in my heart!)
See this email below from this U.S. Army Major – and in honor of my family’s Polish heritage, I invite you to join in the fun! PLEASE read the instructions carefully.
To Whom It May Concern:
I was wondering if I could request a few homemade birthday cards. I do not need an entire flat rate box however I work for a Polish General and he would like to send birthday greetings to our team which is comprised of approximately 50 personnel. I found one card from your organization which was donated to the Chaplain’s office and he loved it. Unfortunately I do not have any additional birthday cards. Please let me know if you can send me some cards.
Also, the Polish Soldiers celebrate their “Name Day” which is a bigger holiday than their actual birthday. I was wondering if you could ask your volunteers to make approximately 20 happy name day cards. I have googled it and found a couple generic cards with the Polish white eagle on it but they do not ship to APO addresses. Please let me know. Thank you.
L.E.A, Major, U.S. Army
I’d love to have 50 people each make two cards: one Name Day card and one adult birthday card.
|My “Name Day” card – eagle not required 🙂
PLEASE list your name in a comment on this post (Please NUMBER them, so we know when we hit #50) if you’ll do it this week, mailing it at least by Monday Nov 29th….I don’t want this one to drag out, we’ll need this box to go out and then it’s done. And if we don’t get 50, I’ll know who to contact to ask for an extra 🙂
About the tradition: Polish Name Day
Red and white for the Name Day cards – any colors for the birthday ones
Sentiments: These two are the popular sentiments for Name Day cards. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it. (OR see the pdf link below, to download everything at once)
|Translation: “A hundred years!”
|Translation: “All the best!”
Click to download a pdf of all the Polish resources
provided on this blog post.
This particular set of cards is going to be given from a general to his men and women – so please, nothing child-oriented. Think of it as an AnyPolishHero card (without a note inside!)….elegant, probably manly – let’s wow them with American crafting! If you want to use the Polish eagle from their flag, I cleaned up a coloring page I found online – you do NOT have to use this, just thought it could be fun. Remember it’s a WHITE eagle, yellow feet, red background. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it.
The regular birthday card
Please make it appropriate for an adult general to send to his men and women. Nothing funny or joke-ish, he may not be fluent in English and that could be weird! Just straight-up happy birthday, and lean towards the masculine side of the spectrum.
A bonus AnyHero project, if you speak/write Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter in Polish to the general or a Polish hero in his command, please send it along with the above cards. (You can also do that without making the special cards too…it’d be a kick to send the general his own mail!)
A bonus AnyHero project, if you do NOT speak Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter to the general, rock on! 🙂 Usual guidelines apply. You can even have your kids color this AnyHero coloring page….click to make it larger, then right-click and download the bigger image. It should say “Thank you, hero, from America”
Postmark on or before November 29th. Mail to: Operation Write Home, 35205 13th Pl SW, Federal Way WA 98023 – thanks!!!!