Friday, December 28, 2012

The Cookbook Fundraiser 2013

You heard correctly, we're making a cookbook!

*Cookbooks are currently on hold due to some personal circumstances. Those who have ordered will be notified once they've been completed*
We took a vote on our Facebook page, and we are going to accept any type of recipes for our first annual cookbook. This cookbook will be a fundraiser for The Art of Encouragement. If you'd like to know what your money will be used for, please visit our Breakdown Blog Post

Annual Cookbook Cost and Fees
Cost of our Annual Cookbook - $10.
Submitting a Recipe - Your first recipe is FREE.
Each additional recipe will cost $2.

We will be taking recipes through February 2nd. Cookbooks will be available for pickup/delivery by the end of February.
*Cookbooks are currently on hold due to some personal circumstances. Those who have ordered will be notified once they've been completed* If you would like your cookbook mailed to you, an additional fee will be added for shipping.
Unless you prefer to pay with check or cash, you will be invoiced via paypal.

If you'd like to reserve your cookbook(s), please email the following information to
  1. Your name
  2. Your full address (for shipping)
  3. Number of cookbooks
  4. How you would like to pay.

If you'd like to submit a recipe, please email the following information to
  1. Your complete recipe
  2. Your name
  3. Your city and state
  4. If you are in any way related to a military member, please provide your relation, their name, their rank, and their branch of service. Multiple family members may be provided (up to 5).
    Please relay any pertinent information (for example, if the military member is retired, depolyed, deceased, etc,)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We're hoping for a lot of support on this new project, so please consider sharing this with your friends.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to try some of these recipes! Thank you for your willingness to help us honor those who have given the gift of freedom.

God Bless You,

Ashley Hyde-Fuhr
Founder of The Art of Encouragement

The Helpful Hint

What Can You Do to Give Back to a Veteran?

The Art of Encouragement’s purpose is to spread a little Christmas cheer and encouragement to the men and women who have so bravely sacrificed to keep our country free. Many of our nation’s heroes are bound to VA hospitals and state nursing facilities during the holiday season. It is our hope that a hand-written Christmas card will brighten their day and help them to remember the spirit of the season. Help us send over 10,000 Christmas cards to veterans who may not receive anything else during the holiday season. We also visit DFW aiport, once a year, distribute cards to military members who are traveling during the holiday.

While collecting Christmas cards throughout the year, we also send encouragement packages to heroes who may need a little help. We want to ensure that every hero knows they are appreciated and that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Many of you have been asking how you can help get this year's card count off to a great start. Our largest need is always signed cards, so swing by your local store to get some Christmas cards on clearance! Everything you need to know should be below, but you if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to shoot us an email. If you'd simply like to make a donation to help us buy and distribute cards, please click the DONATE button below.

Please remember that all veterans are located on U.S. soil, and veterans of all ages and all wars may receive your Christmas cards. Please be sensitive to the varying conditions of the veterans and avoid writing “Get Well” in your cards.

What Do I Write In My Cards?
1. Genuinely thank the veteran for their service and sacrifice to our country.
(Please write AT LEAST two sentences.)
2. Sign your name
3. Write what city and state you are from
4. Anything extra you would like to add is great. The veterans love to hear that someone is thinking about them during the holiday season.
5. Place your card in an UNSEALED envelope.
(all cards are screened for appropriate content before being sent to a veteran)

·         Thank you for your service to our country. Your sacrifices are truly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Merry Christmas! (Name, City, and State)
·         Your sacrifice to our country is a true inspiration. We owe you a debt that we can never repay. Thank you for your service. (Name, City, and State)
·         Your heroism is the reason that we celebrate the holiday season in freedom. Thank you for your service. Merry Christmas! (Name, City, and State)

When Are My Cards Due?
We accept cards all year long! If we do not receive your cards in time for the coming Christmas, they will simply be used for the next Christmas.
Please send cards to:
PO BOX 12922
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

How Can I Find Out More About The Art of Encouragement?
You can find out more about us on our website or our Facebook:
Or send us an email at

Freedom is not free, and we hope to make sure that EVERY veteran hears the words "Thank You" at least once in their lifetime.
Cards WITHOUT a genuine thank you will NOT be accepted.