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Are you a military wife or a military husband? Is your spouse currently deployed? Do you have young children at home?
Would you like to have a life-size cut-out of your military spouse to incorporate into your daily life with your children?
Flat Mommies and Flat Daddies to the rescue!
Flat Daddies is the name of the organization providing life-size cutouts of deployed service members to their spouses, children, and relatives back home.
They are life-size 2-dimensional cardboard cut-outs that enable you to have your loved one around… even when he or she is gone.
Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies are life-size printed posters of parents who are actively serving overseas in the military. These posters are available free (plus $9.50 for shipping & handling) to the spouse of a deployed service person through the generous support of our sponsors. Source
According to the St. Petersburg Times: “An Ohio company, SFC Graphics, began offering free flat daddies to immediate family members of a deployed soldiers through a Web site, www.flatdaddies.com … A Sarasota company, LexJet Corp., joined the effort, providing raw materials.” (more here)
Read about the story behind Flat Daddies and how Flat Daddies got started.
Flat Daddies can ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, watch as children do homework, play on swings, visit the dentist, attend weddings & funerals, and even appear in photographs!
Check out this MSN video about Flat Daddies.
How To Get A Lifesize Cardboard Cut-Out Of Your Own
One free (plus $9.50 shipping & handling) Flat Daddy or Flat Mommy lifesize cut-out is available to the spouse who is directly affected by the deployment of a soldier.
Others affected by or interested in receiving or sending a Flat Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter, Sister or Brother can do so for a nominal fee.
Fun Flat Daddy Stories
- When Soldiers Go to War, Flat Daddies Hold Their Place at Home
- Guard Families Cope In Two Dimensions
- Video: Flat Daddies Provide Comfort For Military Families
- Flat Daddy Keeps Bonds Alive
- America’s Cardboard Army Of Flat Daddies Boosts Families
- NPR Audio Podcast: “Military Families Fill Void With Flat Daddies”
- Life-size Flat Daddy Images Help Soldiers’ Families Cope
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