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The 2016 Hearts and Heroes Campaign is "Mission Accomplished!" (and so much more!)

posted Nov 27, 2016, 11:34 AM by Hearts in A Box   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 8:13 PM ]
As we all rest from the whirlwind of activity over the past few months ... and as we all consider the many things for which we give thanks, our thoughts turn to everything we've done this past year, our first as Hearts in a Box. As a group of Type A, competitive, get-it-done kinds of people, we pulled some goals out of thin air last January and said "Let's do this. Let's do 175 boxes." This was more than double what we did the previous year...and 2015 stretched us and our resources to the max. We never once thought we couldn't do it. We just plowed forward and made it happen. And being quite new at this, we learned a lot along the way. We did so with the help of so many awesome people and organizations - from their financial and product donations to the gift of time and advice, we are so very thankful for everyone and everything that made this year super successful! For all that support and hard work we are very pleased and proud to make a final report about our Hearts and Heroes 2016 campaign!

COB Sheryl works with the Ypsilanti Post Office staff as they process customs forms and shipping for every box.
THE BOXES ARE ON THEIR WAY! Zipped up, shipped out, and heading to APOs, FPOs, and DPOs in all corners of the world. That 175 box goal? SHATTERED! Here are the numbers for you. 

Boxes Shipped        180
Military Branches Served  (out of 5)  5
Soldiers Impacted (based on total unit strength)  >5000
Number of childrens' letters in every box  min 3-4
Number of hours at the Post Office    >5
Total shipping cost  $3016
Total shipping weight     1651 lbs  
Length of shipping receipt from the Post Office 22 feet

All we can say to that is "WOW!"
As always, we hope to hear from some of the soldiers who are able to do so and we'll share any responses we get. It usually takes at least a couple weeks for them to get their boxes. We only wish we could see their eyes when they open them and know how much love and respect went into each box. 

Stay posted for more details on this year's effort and for news on our 2017 planning. We have a lot of new ideas in store and can't wait to get started...after a few days of R&R, of course! Thanks again to all our donors, volunteers, and others who make this work much easier than it would be otherwise ... and a special shoutout to Renarda and the rest of the staff at the Ypsilanti Post Office for cheerfully helping us again this year. You make the final step of this process a pleasure!