Troop Fan Mail

First, we would like to thank George Pappas for his years of service on this project. All cards and letters are due by November 14th, 2021. Donations to help with the postage would be greatly appreciated. We not only have to mail them to the organization, they also request around 20 cents per letter to defray the cost of mailing them to the troops.


OPTION 1 1. Using 8 ½ x 11 paper or light card stock, fold each sheet (individually, sharply) in half to form 8 ½ x 5 ½ folders. Colorful or pre-printed stationary with various themes may be used. 2. On either the front or the backside of each letter please place your name and return address. 3. Your message should be positive, upbeat, and cheerful (nothing such as “I hope you don’t get killed”) write about yourself, your hobbies, interests, job, classes, pets, etc. 4. The inside of the letter can be formatted as one page, or it can be set up as two separate pages. The writer’s personal message can be continued on the back page of the letter if desired. 5. Please note that all 8 ½ x 11 sheets MUST be folded to 8 ½ x 5 ½ size. Full size sheets will not work in their sorting/mixing process, and they are not staffed to do the folding. 


OPTION 2 1. Greeting cards which have been purchased may be used without envelopes. The senders name/address should be on the back of the card. Since the front and back of many cards are too slick to write on, it may be necessary to use labels. 2. Personal messages may be written on the cards as space permits. 


OPTION 3 1. Please use envelopes only if you wish to enclose letters with cards. 2. The senders name/address should be in the upper left corner of each envelope as well as on the cards and letters, as the enclosures are sometimes separated from the envelopes. Leave the remainder of each envelope free and clear of any writing. The individual envelopes must NOT be sealed: each flap must be tucked inside the envelope.


Do's and Don'ts

1. DO NOT: use cards that may have three dimensional items on them or glitter.

2. DO NOT: affix postage stamps to the individual cards or letters. 

3. DO NOT: use staples

4. DO NOT: address the individual cards/letters to Friends of Our Troops, etc.

5. DO: rubber-band your cards/letters in groups of 50 or 100 or less. 

6. Options 1 and 2 are the preferred methods of most. Cards and letters can be dropped off at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. There is a basket in the Narthex that is labeled TROOP FAN MAIL. If you can’t drop them off, feel free to contact the church to arrange a pick up. You can also contact Bob and Pat Smith for any further information or questions at 540-354-4133 or rsmith71399@rbnet.com.