Anytime is a great time to share your gratitude for our service members and veterans, but especially during the holidays.
The Owasso Foundation accepts cards from individuals and groups. If you’re interested in sending cards and letters, please drop them off to us at 308 8th Street North in Clanton, Alabama. Or give us a call to make arrangements to pick them up if you have large amounts of cards from your group.
We will ensure these cards are delivered to the Veterans Administration Medical Centers across Central Alabama.
Please review the Questions and Answers below and keep them in mind as they contain important requirements as you make or buy your card.
Question: How should I start my letter?
Answer: We suggest that you start with “Dear Hero”, “Dear Patriot”, “Dear Brave One”, “Dear Service Member”, “Dear Warrior”, “Dear Veteran”, or create a greeting of your own. We ask that you please do not use “Dear Soldier” or “Dear Marine” or “Dear Sailor” as those terms refer to membership in specific military branches, and we cannot guarantee those letters will go to members of that branch of service.
Question: Can I say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah”?
Answer: No! Veterans come from many different types of religious beliefs and we can not guarantee that your card or letter will end up in the hands of a specific religious belief. Please keep your cards and letters as generic as possible. Any card or letter that is religion specific will be discarded.
Question: Should I put every letter or card I write in a separate envelope?
Answer: No. We ask that you do NOT use individual envelopes for any cards or letters. Why? Because every letter or card that comes to us must be screened prior to being given out. It takes an undue amount of volunteer time to remove the letters from the envelopes, and then we do not include the envelopes anyway. This means that your envelopes might end up being discarded. (We hate to be wasteful!)
Question: Should I fold my letters?
Answer: If possible, please send them to us unfolded to save time for our letter screeners.
Question: What size paper should I use to write my letter?
Answer: We accept letters on any size paper or note card up to (but no larger than) 8 ½” x 11.” Please do not send oversized banners.
Question: Does my letter need to be handwritten?
Answer: No. Typed letters are fine, but we do prefer that you hand sign each letter.
Question: Can or should I write about my family members who served in the military?
Answer: Yes, as long as it is a positive story, and not about sad events. We ask that your letter be uplifting and serve to put a smile on the veteran’s face!
Question: Can I use colorful construction paper for my children to write letters?
Answer: Yes. As long as you stay within the paper size limit of 8 ½” x 11”.