Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mother′s Day Messages To Our Troops

Did you know that there are approximately 10,000 mothers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Mother's Day is this weekend and for many of us, Mother’s Day means buying mom a traditional paper card, some flowers and hopefully spending some special time with her. Obviously, that's not possible if your mother is fighting a war thousands of miles from home.

However, we recently partnered with Qipit to help bridge the communications gap between home, Iraq and Afghanistan so moms (and service members all over the world) can stay in touch in a snap.

As Mother’s Day approaches here is how you can use Qipit to create a handwritten greeting with nothing more than a whiteboard or paper, some markers and your camera phone. If you're feeling extra fancy, you can even snap some photos of Mother's Day cards too.

Here's how it works in 4 easy steps:

1. Register for a free Qipit account.

2. Create your card, special message on paper, cardstock or a whiteboard. Don't forget, you can also use an already made Mother’s Day card and add your special message.

3. Take a picture of your Mother’s Day creation with your digital camera or a mega-pixel plus camera phone.

4. Turn the pictures into a Qipit Mother’s Day card by sending the pictures via email to color@qipit.com or send them from your phone as an attachment picture message (aka MMS) to color@qipit.com. You can also upload the images via the web interface, just like your favorite photo sharing site.

Let's face it, most military families are on a budget. Who isn't these days? What I love best about this is that families no longer need a scanner to capture and share artwork from the kids or important and meaningful documents. If you have a camera phone or a digital camera you've got everything you need!

Join us in our effort to make Mother's Day a little brighter this year for our service members. Give Qipit a try - and if you don't know a military mom, no worries. eMail Our Military will share your Mother's Day message with a service member far from home.

P.S. If you can't get involved in the actual project, help spread the word. Feel free to share this on your blog or website or even submit it to Digg or StumbleUpon etc.

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