February 19 , 2015


I recently found an article online praising the military base in Fort Benning, Georgia for not only meeting, but exceeding, its goal of 10,000 units of blood to be donated in 2014! In total, more than 10,477 units were given to the Armed Services Blood Program. In celebration of that achievement, an appreciation ceremony was held to recognize and thank the many donors and volunteers for their support. 


One of the special guest speakers at the banquet happened to be our very own Sgt. Tom! In his speech, Tom shared some statistics about the value of donating blood. He admitted that he didn't realize the need for blood until he received lifesaving blood transfusions after being severely injured in Afghanistan 2 years ago. I think he summed it up pretty well when he said, "When you donate blood, you save a life, and I'm here today to say that it's been a great life."


There are so many wonderful things that each of us can do to show our military service members how grateful we are for their service to our great country, and donating blood is certainly one of them! We are so appreciative of the time each of you take to write notes of support and encouragement to the wounded participants in our Operation Prayers & Letters™ Program. Your correspondence truly makes a difference in the recovery and morale of the wounded. Please continue to send those cards and letters.


Thank you!


Take good care,


Angie Regan

Volunteer Manager
Operation Prayer and Letters™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Card Writer Spotlight:
Saint Matthew School Students

One thoughtful student had this to say on the inside of his card!

A big THANK YOU to teacher AND Marine Mom, Ms. Elaine and her fellow teacher Ms. Terri,  who make it their mission to encourage their students to provide support and encouragement to those in need, including our military members. 


As mentioned in their letter to our staff, "We feel that this type of service is a valuable way for our students to actively make a difference in the life of someone who is experiencing a hardship at this point in his/her life. It is a way to help our students connect with those people who are really in need. We are always happy to do what we can for the Marines and all of our armed forces personnel. They have sacrificed so much for us. We always remember them in our prayers and intentions in school and at Mass."

Are you a teacher?  Learn more how you can involve your students in a letter writing campaign by following this link: Students Supporting Our Troops.

Card Writer Spotlight:
Cards Made Straight From the Heart

This beautiful batch of handmade cards recently arrived. They are sure to add a little smile to all the participants who received them.


Thank you Miss Katie! 


To learn more about how you can participate by following this link: How Your Organization Can Help.

Participant Highlight: Sgt. Tom

Sgt. Tom has been a very busy guy!  We recently found out that he was invited to attend the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. as an honored guest of Representative Tim Walz. 


Sgt. Tom had this to say about the offer,  "I'm really excited about this invitation and it's very humbling. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rub shoulders with our nation's leaders"


It has been over a year of operations and therapy for Sgt. Tom.  He continues to work on his recovery AND conduct Ranger physical training multiple times a day. 


For additional information and updates, please follow this link:  Sgt Tom's Story

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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