Project Boomerang Achieves Milestone
The project’s mission began simply with an idea to gather unused greetings cards and create new blank greeting cards for military chaplains to distribute to deployed troops and others. More than 50,000 cards have been distributed at home and abroad since Project Boomerang’s beginning in July 2006. Recipients add a personal message to the recycled or new card and send them to their loved ones, thus the boomerang effect.
Most weeks groups of ladies called the Scrappy Ladies gather in Falls Church, Virginia and Chesterfield, Missouri to create greeting cards for Project Boomerang. Used cards and envelopes are donated and new card stock is cut to create new cards. These cards are designed using recycled cards, ink stamps, magazines, stickers, and ribbons. The Project Boomerang Scrappy Ladies mantra has been to recycle, restore and reuse with the goal of increasing communications between the deployed person’s family and friends.
The Scrappy Ladies have also led card-making workshops for youth at schools and churches. These workshops increase awareness of the deployed and the need for families to stay in touch.
Seed money was received from generous friends and organizations to cover supply costs and postage. Now the group sends its cards to Fisher Houses, the USO, jails, and overseas for the deployed.