SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- As the United States officially ended the war in Iraq Thursday, thousands of troops are still deployed in Afghanistan and other countries overseas.
One organization is helping the troops keep a connection to their homes and their families. Technology has made it easier than ever to keep in contact with people half way around the world--cell phones, emails, video calling--but there is nothing that warms your heart more or that is more personal than a handwritten card.
"We mainly are scrapbookers, but we like to make cards," said Janis Purves. It is a bit of an understatement. "We submit anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 a month--which is around 12,000-15,000 a year."
They make handmade cards for every occassion imaginable. "All kinds of cards," Purves said, "from get well cards to birthday cards to chirstmas cards."
They don't make them to keep or to sell. "Every piece of glue you put down, every paper you cut, everything you do you know it's going to somewhere to someone that is going to appreciate it."
These cards have a special destination.