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December 01, 2009

NEW Card Drive for Kids

I am so very excited to announce the start of our newest card drive - Cards for Kids.

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We are hoping to collect a ton of cards for EIGHT sick children and their families.  Cards of encouragement, love, cheer and hope.  We truly feel that cards can lift spirits.  And, in these rough times, it is an inexpensive way to make a difference in someone's life.

And, of course, there will be lots of prizes!

Now, about these amazing kids.  Here are the eight - possible others will be announced soon.  (Click on each name to learn more about them and their families.)

    CARDS FOR KIDS children:

  1. Kate - Age 5
  2. Gavin - Age 4
  3. Sami - Age 18
  4. Meg - Age 4
  5. Zach - Age 8
  6. David - Age 6
  7. Braden - Age 4
  8. Emily - Age 6

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A few details:
  • This card drive will be ongoing.  We have no end date set.
  • Cards can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc.  Anyone can send a card - even your children, scout troops, etc.
  • Cards can be for the child or for their family members.  Many parents mentioned that the ill child's siblings would really like the attention of a card.
  • All cards need to have a message in it for the child/family.  Please also sign your name and where you are from.  On the card envelope, write the name of who the card is for.  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as the parents might want to preview cards before the kids see them.
  • Please stick to just cards or stickers.  If you want to send anything heavier, please include a bit of money to cover the added cost.
  • Kids seem to really like jokes and silly cards - it lifts their spirits and helps them to forget their challenges.
  • There is no need to send money with your cards.  However, it is greatly appreciated as it helps with the cost of mailing the thousands of cards and many, many prizes.
  • All cards can be mailed to the following address:
                        Jennifer McGuire
                 
       Cards for Kids
                 
       PO Box 428612
                 
       Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
  • In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent and for which child/family they were for.  This helps us greatly in keeping track for prizes!  For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.  (See below.)
  • PRIZES! At the last day of every other month, I will pick EIGHT prizes to send out.  One prize will go to someone who sent in cards for Kate in that two month span.  One will go to someone who sent a card for Gavin in that two month span, etc.  So, if you really want a prize, it is best to send in cards for each child/family each month. We will keep track of how many you sent for each child.  (The first round of prizes - to be given at the end of January - will be announced soon.  If you are a company or individual who wants to donate a prize, please email me.)
  • If you want to do Christmas/Holiday cards, please mail them right away - they need to be here by the 15th.

I know I am missing some details, as there is so much to think about!  I will add more as we go, so be sure to ask your questions.

And, once again, a HUGE shout out to Jana and Kristina for all they do for these card drives.  I could never do it without them.  And to Mary Kay and Heather, who have volunteered to help with shipping of cards.  And... my dear dad who picks up cards every single day from my PO Box and gives them to me in huge bunches.  THANK YOU.  Love you all.

Thanks again for giving your time and talent for this. 

Hugs from Jennifer, Jana and Kristina :)

(Oh, and I will be back tomorrow with a prize... ;)

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Yay!! Your card drives are such a 'feel good' thing. Looking forward to participating. :)

So glad to see you organizing another card drive Jennifer...hope to get some in the mail soon :)

You're the best, Miss Jennifer! Thanks for all you do and your kind heart.

Jennifer

Oh my I better get started very soon. So many
little one needing smile.

Sandi N.


Yay. I already have holiday cards made that I can send them. I've been looking forward to spreading more love in this way. Thanks again for the opportunity!

You and Jana and Kristina have done a great thing starting up these card drives. hope you get an awesome response.

This is awesome! Thanks for allowing us to share a bit of crafty love and good cheer - not just for the holidays, either.
So - one question: should we send holiday cards? I know you'll have bunches of cards sent in, so just wondering if you'll have time to ship them off to the families before Christmas. Or - to play it safe in terms of shipping times...should we just send regular cards? Thanks for the info, and thanks for doing this drive!


if you can get holiday cards to be my the 15th, we can use them!

Jennifer- I really admire all of the work you put in to these card drives. It is so uplifting and inspiring to see you use your amazing talents to help others. God bless!

You are so kind, Jennifer. I will try to make some soon. Hope you are feeling better!

Jennifer may God bless you and Jana and Kristina even more than he already has!

I am so honored and blessed to be able to do this. My 5 year old and I made cards for Kate and we pray for her often. Special blessings and thanks to all who have made this possible. The Matley Family

What an amazing ministry! Thanks for the opportunity to include me!

You guys are doing such a wonderful thing for families in need. Glad I could participate in the past and plan to do more this time around!
Thanks!

I wish I lived near you so I could help w/your card drive. Will get going and send some cards soon. Thanks for doing this especially at this so busy time of the year.

Glad to see you are continuing! Good Luck!!

I'm new to your website/blog, and I must say it is AMAZING. I LOVE IT. Cards for Kids is such a nice idea, big motivation to get crafty!

I'm very excited to do more for more kids! Especially now around christmas. I will send you some christmas cards ASAP. Do you know of anyone doing a drive for soldiers this year? I have a bunch of extra cards I made.

hoping to get some sent out again soon!

What a great idea. Specially this time of the year.
Your the best.

You and your team are so awesome for doing this. I'm going to work on some stuff right now. Thanks for the motivation.
http://cre8ivecindy.blogspot.com/

Newer to this blog - what a fabulous idea. Haven't made too many cards before, but can't wait to send some.

Hello there Miss Santa's and God's Angel!
I'm going to get my kids to help.
And I'll check on my son's cub scout club, and see about both of their schools.
Hugs hugs hugs!

What a blessing to these families during their difficult time. THANK YOU Jennifer and TEAM for organizing this!

You are really blessed, Jennifer...

It is really amazing that you can do this for all those kids. THANK YOU!

Jennifer, you are so generous to organize & manage all this. What a blessing. I am eager to participate. Thank you.

Hey Jennifer,

Did you get my message about the little girl named Ally?!
I just wondered if we could add her to the list?!
Let me know!
Thanks!
Tara Pollard Pakosta


all4ally.blogspot.com

I love your giving spirit in organizing this. I hope that I'll be able to participate soon :)

What an amazing crew you have working with you! What you're all doing is fantastic and no doubt has brought a lot of joy to these families.

this is awesome, Jennifer!

I was just looking for activities to help my boys understand the true meaning of Christmas spirit. This is perfect! Thank you to all for putting this together, it is a wonderful cause.

I am so inspired by your thoughtfulness and your dedication to doing these card drives. I know that it takes a lot of work on your part. Thank you and God Bless!

It's so terrible what these little girls & boys and their families have to endure. I wish them all the best and hope that they'll conquer their diseases!

You are so thoughtful :) I've seen first hand how much a little jesture like a card can mean!

If you ever wish to pick a kid over in the UK I would be more than willing to help co-ordinate the onward sending of cards of here.

how wonderful!! so excited to do more cards! these kiddos are so beautiful!!

Jen: Thank you to you & your team for doing this. I'm sure that it means the world to these children & their families to receive such kind words from people around the country & world. It is nice to take a moment at this time of the year to think about how blessed we are & how making a few cards can really put a smile on someone elses face. My class will be working on cards this week.

You are so sweet doing all this! It`s so sad that there are this many children having to go through this. I so hope we won`t have to shed any tears this time!

This is an amazing effort, kudos. Would it be possible to pledge a prize as well?

Jennifer this is such a great thing that you do, it is so rewarding to know that something so small can help brighten the day for someone.

Such a good idea.
I'll be sending cards every month!!

I just want to say thank you for organizing and doing this. I love the fact that my blog "sisters" are not only crafty but generous and kind hearted.

Much love and blessings to you!

Jennifer, you are so generous donating your time to organized these card drives. I didn't have the chance to participate in the last one, but i got hooked to Kate's blog. I follow it everyday.
I'll be participating in this one, and I'll mention it to my friends,
thanks for doing this!!!!

What a wonderful thing you are doing to add a little cheer to these dear families.My heart goes out to them and I certainly will try to get some cards out soon.

I admire everything that you are doing for this card drive. It inspires me to do more! I have lots of cards to make!

Thank you for doing this!

And an especially big thank you to you for organizing these card drives!

Amazing!!! Can't wait to be a part of this too!! Did everyone see Kate's family on Dr. Phil? couldn't stop crying....this family needs cards for sure!!


yep! just email me.

I'm looking forward to being part of this card drive. I'll start working on my cards this weekend.
Thank you so much to you and your team for making this possible.

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