June 14, 2007 at 07:01 AM EDT
Troops Get Cards of Support From Greeting Card Universe & USO

From Memorial Day through Independence Day, GreetingCardUniverse.com (GCUniverse) is offering a special collection of Support our Troops paper greeting cards for only 50 cents each, normally priced at $2.49 a card. Simply choose a card, enter a message, it will be printed and delivered to American service men and women.

GCUniverse is the largest online paper greeting card store and allows freelance artists to offer their art on paper greeting cards. Launched in February 2007, GCUniverse has already attracted more than 300 artists and boasts over 8,000 unique direct from the artist greeting cards.

Participating artists have created patriotic cards specifically for this program and are generously waiving their commissions. Artists like Corrie Kuipers, Jen Cosgrove, Christie Black of Creations from the Heart, Catherine Noy, Christine Quimby, Lori DeLeonardis-Aman of Zachary Bear, Karen Owens of Rainbow Enterprises, Picture This!, B E Diczhazy, Eugenia Bacon, Cara Mitchell, Peggy Danley, Ernestine Grindal, Sunflower Mountain, Kats Kardz, Scarebaby Design, Valarie Wade, D & D Art Studio, and more. View the collection at http://www.gcuniverse.com/cards/SupportOurTroops

I didnt hesitate to participate in GCUniverses Support our Troops program. The thought of my artwork as a messenger of goodwill is truly gratifying, says artist Christie Black of Creations from the Heart.

Working with the USO, these paper greeting cards will be included in Operation USO Care Packages and shipped to uniformed men and women in need of comforts and support from home. The USO has sent over 1,100,000 care packages since the programs inception in 2001. More information at www.usocares.org.

According to Mindy Rosso, VP of Marketing at BigDates Solutions, We are elated to have the participation of our GCUniverse community of artists and honored to be working with the USO. This program is a real team effort. Rosso continues, Regardless of your political position, I think we all agree on the importance of letting our service men and women know that they are cared about, appreciated and that their safe return home is of great concern. We hope thousands of Americans will join us in sending cards of encouragement to service men and women far from home.

Contact Mindy Rosso at mindy.rosso@bigdates.com for program sponsorship opportunities.

About GreetingCardUniverse.com

A division of BigDates Solutions, GCUniverse connects freelance card artists with paper greeting card shoppers. BigDates Solutions, the leading provider in third party Reminder Service Solutions, powers the reminder services for: BigDates.com, Birthday-Reminders.com, DateBoxx.com, ReminderSpot.com, GreetingCardUniverse.com and licensing partners Barnes & Noble.com (NYSE:BKS), Overstock.com (NASDAQ:OSTK), Lillian Vernon, PersonalCreations.com as well as other leading retailers. Learn more at: www.GreetingCardUniverse.com and www.BigDates-Solutions.com.

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