QUAD CITIES (KWQC) — On September 27, 2016, over 300 volunteers got together at the Rock Island Arsenal to help create rubber stamp art greeting cards for military men and women serving in the Middle East and Germany. The cards were sent unsigned, so the recipients can mail them back home to loved ones.
This year’s recipients, representing all branches of military, are located in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Qatar, and include wounded warriors at the Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center in Germany as well as Fisher House and USO, and the sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf.
Mary Sue Sipple, Cards for the Troops (Rock Island Arsenal) Founder and Coordinator, tells KWQC she recently received a ‘thank you’ message from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Greetings from the Mighty Ike. We received the cards and they are just what we need out here. We are passing them out and the Sailors are very appreciative. My Primary Assistant Chaplain has a daughter whose birthday was on November 7th. He was able to send her one of the cards you sent instead of just an email and I know this is not an isolated incident. We thank you very much for the cards and all the hard work you put into gathering them and sending them to us. They are much appreciated and well received!
Sipple says next year’s Cards for the Troops event is on September 19, 2017. Reservations will open in early May.