GroupCard Gifting (our feature which allows people to attach a collective gift to a GroupCard) is now live and already growing. We’ve heard many stories about real situations where friends and family rallied to send a powerful group sentiment in the form of a GroupCard Gift. For example, one early report came from a family in Ontario who sent a GroupCard Gift to their father, who in turn redeemed it for an Amazon.com ® Gift Card to buy a brand new snow blower.
I am proud to report that not one, but TWO of our early GroupCard Gifts have been delivered to US soldiers who are serving in Iraq. Their stories are a remarkable coincidence – each of the soldiers had recently been awarded a Purple Heart for heroism in separate tragic events. In both cases their families rallied to send a GroupCard Gift. Both cards gathered dozens of signatures and collected over $100 in contributions for the heroes. Both Tim and Steve (the recipients, who are both on active duty in Iraq) will actually be able to have their orders from Amazon.com® shipped to them overseas.
It’s a huge honor that GroupCard served as the means for these men to be recognized for their heroism. Below are the emails that I received from the card creators – Steve’s wonderful wife and Tim’s incredible mother-in-law. I hope you enjoy
Dear Mr. Anderson, First off, let me thank you for making up such a wonderful thing as “GroupCard” I believe that people like me and my family will use the program for years to come. I have spread the word about your program to friends and family. I especially love the opportunity to attach an Amazon gift card to the note! So far the process has worked well for my group. I am looking forward to when the GroupCard gets sent to my husband. My husband Steve is currently serving his second tour in Iraq with the Third Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA. This rotation has been quite difficult and challenging for all of us. In January his Hummvee was struck by an IED, wounding his driver, killing his gunner and leaving my husband with some shrapnel injuries to his neck, shoulder and face. By the Grace of God he was able to walk away from the accident and had minor surgery in country. He recently was awarded the Purple Heart. I wanted to surprise him with something special, and let him know how many people care about him. He has 10 more months left to serve on his 15 month tour. That’s the story behind the note! I know he will be grateful for the note and for the gift card as well. As of today there is $177 on the gift card and 24 signatures! Thank you once again. Lea-Ann Wadleigh
The card was for Sgt. Tim Klibbe. Tim is part of the 3ID, Unit is 1-30, Marne Task Force. He is stationed at F.O.B. Falcon, doing P.S.D. for his SGT. Major. Tim has won his Purple Heart. He was badly injured when his Bradley was hit with an IED. He dragged 2 of his comrades out of the burning vehicle. His original Unit has been decimated by severe injuries. But, Tim is still there, still serving. He credits his Chaplain for helping him get through the heartache of having his fellow troops so badly wounded. Tim is the husband of Regan, and father of 2 little girls, Aria and Lily (pictures attached). We were delighted to find the GroupCard so that many of us could encourage him all at the same time. Thank you for a great concept!! He loved it!! – Cher Nelson