handmade greeting cards

There is nothing more thoughtful and personal than a handwritten note inside a beautiful handmade card. Every Care Package we send not only includes letters from grateful Americans, but also blank cards for the service members’ own personal use. We invite you to put your paper crafting skills to work making blank cards that our Deployed Troops can then use to write home to their loved ones.

During this time of social distancing, you don’t need to leave your home to mail your handmade items! Please use this guide to order boxes, print postage, and have your box picked up by the post office.




What should my card look like?

They should be blank inside with a beautiful design on the front of the card. We encourage you to use your talents in embossing, cut-outs, stamps, scenic pictures you have taken, or even your own artwork. Including a message on the front that the service member can use to convey his or her feelings to loved ones is a great idea. Some ideas include “Thinking of You”, “Missing You”, “I Love You”, or a simple “Hello”. Or have some fun and find some humorous stamps and sayings to put on your cards.

Each card should measure between 4.25″ x 5.5″ to 5”x7” and include an envelope so the card can be mailed home. Please do not put your card in the envelope, but instead, place the card under the flap. This makes it easier for our letter screening team to determine if the card is a letter to a Service Member/First Responder or a blank card our troops can send home. 

If you use any 3D embellishments such as ribbons, lace, bows, or 3D stickers, then please ensure those decorations are securely attached to the card. We want your card to be as beautiful as the day you made it when we send it to our troops, and when they mail it to their loved ones.

You are welcome to put your cards in a clear stationery card sleeve for extra protection, but it is not required.

What should I avoid using?

Please avoid using pearls or rhinestones as they almost always break off, and do not use any type of glitter. No matter how careful you are with your glue, glitter tends to rub off the cards covering the rest of the items in our Care Packages.

Please avoid religious icons and bible quotes on your cards.

Should I make holiday and event cards?

While we will accept cards that are holiday specific and/or event related, ie: Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, etc, we would appreciate you creating cards that our troops are able to mail at any time of the year. 

Should I include my contact information on the card?

You are welcome to include a small note on a separate piece of paper inside the card or put your name and email address on the back of the card. This will allow our Troops to send you a thank you note if they would like to. We cannot guarantee that you’ll hear from them, but we hope you’ll give them the opportunity.

How many cards can I send?

You can send one or you can send one thousand! Each year we send 75,000 or more care packages to our Deployed Troops and we need cards for every single package we send!



graphic design

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embossing & cut-outs


  1. Fill out our Donor Form and print a copy for each box/envelope that you send.
  2. Ship Greeting Cards to:
    Operation Gratitude
    9409 Owensmouth Ave
    Chatsworth, CA 91311

Or drop them off in person:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Email us at HWL@operationgratitude.com.