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This self-taught quilter of more than 30 years heads up the Postcard Posse for the Troops. To date more than 19,266 postcards have been shipped to the men and women in uniform who are serving us overseas.


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Dear Friend -

 

Penny's Postcard Posse began Rounding up fabric postcards to send to the troops in Iraq for the 4th of July 2006.

After all, the 4th of July in Iraq is just another day unless it becomes something different by virtue of quilters' intervention!

Penny wanted to do something to let the soldiers in Iraq know that there were hundreds - even thousands - of folks here in the US who appreciated what they were doing.

That Posse Rounded up more than 139 tiny postcard greetings for the soldiers in Iraq.

Those fabric cards were sent through Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, and pictures of fabric postcards sent in the first Roundup are posted on this site.

You can read the first webpage with the original idea here.

After the first Roundup, Penny received emails from several quilters asking if she would please do another Roundup so they could participate.

And so the Thanksgiving Roundup was started.

Thanksgiving Turkey postcards for the Troops in 2006 was just as successful with 284 postcards collected.

And then, once again, quilters wanted to send more, and so there was a Christmas Roundup.

For Christmas 2006, one class of children at Kempton Elementary school, all of the children at Casa De Oro Elementary School (both in Spring Valley, California) made fabric postcards to send to the troops.

And families at Maryland Avenue Elementary School (in La Mesa, California) made cards at their Family Craft Night in December.

Including fabric postcards from our quilters, I stopped counting at 639 postcards, and am certain that we sent more than 800 postcard greetings to the troops abroad.

In all, during 2006, more than 1,062 fabric postcards were sent to the troops in Iraq.

And after the beginning of 2007, Penny was asked whether she would continue with the Roundups.

With so many people participating, and the heartfelt letters that came along with the cards, Penny pledged to continue the Roundups until the troops came home from Iraq.

And the next logical step was to create a schedule so quilters would know when the Roundups were and when their cards needed to be in.

This site is now dedicated to information about Penny's Postcard Posse, which came to a close as the troops came home from Iraq in December 2011.

 

Every once in a while, we receive notes from soldiers who have gotten cards. Last week, we received an email with these pictures and a note:

"Thank you for the quilts the guys liked them most say it reminded them of their moms and grandmothers. It gave them a feeling of home. They thank you and I thank you for keeping us in your thoughts it great to know people in the States think about you even when you don’t know them and the support Americans give the troops.  Here are some pictures of the soldiers, on patrol and our living area when we're out."

 

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Soldiers in Mud Huts in Afghanistan
Troops in the Snow

 

 

Penny's Postcard Posse sent more than 18,760 miniature quilts to soldiers abroad.

 

During the time Penny's Postcard Posse was active, more than 19,000 little fabric postcards were sent to troops in the Middle East.

Diane Malaznik, a dedicated Red Cross Volunteer, donated thousands of hours gathering, sorting and boxing up the postcards for shipment overseas.

Through her contacts, soldiers who normally didn't get much mail, received the gift of a hand made fabric postcard showing the support of the folks "back home."

Often school children made fabric postcards for the holidays and sent them to Diane to package up and send to the troops.

Diane counted on several equally dedicated volunteers to make the postcards.

My many and heartfelt thanks to those who contributed so much to this worthy project.

And, Welcome Home to the Troops!

 

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Penny Halgren Awarded Resolution from California State Assembly

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Joel Anderson honors Penny Halgren with Resolution from California State Assembly for her work with Penny's Postcard Posse

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Happy Quilting!

penny halgren

P.S. If you have any questions, please email me at: info@how-to-quilt.com


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Postcards ready to ship to Iraq for Christmas 2008

This beautiful poem was sent in by Charmaine Huffman from Texas.

A Poem for Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
He lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of
Plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney
With presents to give,
And to see just who
In this home did live.

I looked all about,
A strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents,
Not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle,
Just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures
Of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,
Awards of all kinds,
A sober thought
Came through my mind.

For this house was different,
It was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier,
Once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping,
Silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor
In this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle,
The room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured
A United States soldier.

Was this the Hero
Of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho,
The floor for a bed?

I realized the families
That I saw this night,
Owed their lives to these soldiers
Who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world,
The children would play,
And grownups would celebrate
A bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom
Each month of the year,
Because of the soldiers,
Like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder
How many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas eve
In a land far from home.

The very thought
Brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees
And started to cry.

The soldier awakened
And I heard a rough voice,
“Santa don't cry,
This life is my choice;

I fight for freedom,
I don't ask for more,
My life is my god,
My Country, my Corps.”

The soldier rolled over
And drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it,
I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours,
So silent and still
And we both shivered
From the cold night's chill.

I didn't want to leave
On that cold, dark, night,
This guardian of honor
So willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered, “Carry on Santa,
It's Christmas day, all is secure.”

One look at my watch,
And I knew he was right.
“Merry Christmas my friend,
and to all a good night.”

 

This poem was written by a Marine.

The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

Please. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.



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