“My name is Diane Loughrey from Warren, MA. I thank God for giving me signs of how I am supposed to use my time with the talents he has granted me. I’ve been crafting as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I wanted to be able to make things for others. I never knew that crafting would not only become a passion in my life, but also a way to serve others along my life’s journey.
I am a former volunteer for Operation Write Home and would have kept going if the mission was not complete. I didn’t know that when I started this endeavor in September 2012 that it would lead me to make about 550 cards, many letters to our troops, a presidential honor and a wall full of thank you cards.
Over the years I have been a behind the scenes cheerleader for OWH and want to thank those who have supported me in any way with this endeavor…some have written letters for me to include in my package and there have been donations to help me along the way. I sincerely am grateful to all of you that offered their kind words and encouragement while I was involved with this organization. Bittersweet….the best way to describe the closing of OWH….I’m sad that my cards will not be going overseas for OWH, but I’m happy that our troops are making a return home.
However, I did find another organization that accepts cards for our troops. So I sent my first package this year to Operation Gratitude. I volunteer at our local animal shelter helping with the dogs and occasionally the cats. Along with helping with the dogs and cats, I make handmade cards for the shelter to use. So with the door closing on OWH, God has opened new doors and avenues for my continued work.”