December 18, 2014


Thanks to YOU, the Operation Prayers and Letters Post Office Box is overflowing!!! I'm amazed at the volume of cards and letters we've received, but rest assured our volunteers are working hard on sorting and sending these wonderful messages of encouragement and well wishes to all the participants in the program.


I'm certain they will love hearing holiday wishes from all of you.


Thank you! Keep writing and praying.


Merry Christmas and God Bless!


Angie Regan

Volunteer Manager
Operation Prayer and Letters™, Inc.
Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!
At Operation Prayers and Letters, volunteers often spot check cards and letters written to ensure the messages written are not harmful. It makes me sad to think that people actually do that but I am happy to say that 100% of the letters we receive in the PO Box are able to be forwarded to the participants they are intended for.    
Of course, my favorite packages to review are from the school-aged children.   They can say the darndest things! However, adults can be quite humorous with their one-line jokes, funny stories, and anecdotes as well. In fact, we received an entire box packed full of hand made note cards from the United States Merchant Marine Academy Cadets this month!
I have to share with you one card in particular that gave me a chuckle! Maybe because I am a Mom of a Marine who understands what boot camp is all about, I can appreciate the meaning in what was written. In the letter, the cadet wrote about who he was, where he was, and how thankful he was for this particular veteran's service, but it is what he could NOT say that struck me as funny -- at the top of the second page, an entire paragraph was marked out with great care using a black marker. Written sideways in the margin was the following explanation: "My DI (drill instructor) said I couldn't say that, but that's ok, I'm getting pretty used to doing push-ups!" I can not imagine what the young man had to say, but I'm certain those of you familiar with the Corps will probably understand and hopefully get a bit of a laugh out of it too!
Participant Update: Cpl. Craig

Craig looking sharp for his doctors appointment.

I am very pleased to report to you all that Corporal Craig and his family celebrated his 2nd ALIVE DAY earlier this month! 


Craig is making steady progress in his recovery from a surgery in October to flatten his feet. Craig is out of his casts and able to wear shoes for the first time since April of 2013!     


Craig's mom told me about a recent physical therapy session he had as well.   Working together, his parents were able to get him to sit up right on the side of the bed with his flattened feet flush on the floor and press a little of his weight on to his feet. They also helped him do some side push-up by leaning his body over sideways where he would have to push himself back up straight with his arm.     


Vandi, Craig's mom, said he was "crushing it with his left arm - you know, the one that was supposed to be paralyzed!" That's AMAZING!  He was also able to hold his head up for quite some time, even catching himself as his chin started to move forward to his chest.  


Keep up the good work Corporal Craig!  We will continue to pray for healing for you.      


To learn more about Corporal Craig, please click here...  

Writer Spotlight:
A Message from the Heart
"Thank you for your service.  You are a Hero."


This heartfelt letter was written by another cadet from the Merchant Marine Academy and included a special note he received while walking through the airport in his uniform.  
The note was neatly written in crayon and was from a little girl who wanted to thank him for his service. The Cadet wanted to pass this message along to a veteran he felt deserved it more.
Cadet Andy may be too humble to consider himself worthy of appreciation for his service, but I'm sure you would all be in agreement when I say we are very grateful for his willingness to serve his country!  
Mission Statement & Thank You

The mission of Operation Prayers and Letters™ is to provide support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by people in communities throughout the United States.

Thank you so very much for keeping our wounded, ill, and injured service members in your thoughts when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated!
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