Update: Hug a Heart Card Drive Prize Giveaways Winners

Hello and welcome everyone!  Thanks for joining me today for the announcement of the Hug a Heart Card Drive prize giveaways winners.  First, I would like to begin by acknowledging and extending my heartfelt gratitude to Donna EllisSue DreesKT Fit KittyEdwina BrownBecky PartanSybrina K. and Lori Kobular for all their help with organizing the launch of the card drive and the blog hop. I truly could not have done this without each and every one who contributed. 

What an incredible turnout we had for this Heart Month card drive!  We were able to bring smiles and heartwarming encouragement to 364 heart patients and their families at Nationwide Children's Hospital!  That's more than double from our first card drive in November!  Your generosity has made Heart Month extra special and lightened the hearts of many hospitalized patients.  For many patients, families and staffs the message goes beyond the amazing cards but gave hope and encouragement when they needed it most.  Words cannot truly describe the impact that you have had on these patients.  We would like to thank each and every one of you for the beautiful and inspirational cards and would like to share the power of your generosity from some of the families and staff.

"It was really kind and considerate.  It made me smile" - Kayla, Mother of Grayson.

"It was a really nice surprise. I showed Matthew.  I think it might be more meaningful to know that Matthew has had significant neurological devastation.  For him to look at something and it resonate with him is noteworthy" - Heather, Mother of Matthew.

"It brightened my day to be able to give them to our families." - Brittany, PCA.

"I thought it was so nice that someone took the time to make those for our patients and families.  They were very detailed and clearly made with love. I hope I will be able to give them out again if more are made in the future." - Julie, RN.

"I passed out the cards last Thursday to all the patient's on the floor.  It literally made the parents' day.  They commented on how beautiful they were, and how nice it was for someone to think of them.  I had one parent start to cry she was so touched. " - Stephanie, BSN, RN, CPA, H4A Program Manager.

"I would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to create such amazing and vivid cards that are so inspirational. I wish you could see the smiles and the impact your cards have on everyone. For many patients it made their day, while for others it went beyond that" - Dr. Kan Hor, Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

It's time to announce the winners of the prize giveaways.  There are four prize packages and the winners were randomly chosen, except for the first prize package which goes to everyone that send in a card.  We also decided to reward 4 instead of 2 winners for the Box of Craft Goodies prize package.  And finally, we added on one additional prize package.  Nancy Kalbach helped made this card drive extra special by getting her three grandchildren Lily, Maura and Declan involved.  We would like to thanks the children with a Special "Young Cardmakers" Recognition Award. :)

HEART PANDA DIGI SET:   This prize goes to everyone that send in a card.  Please check your Inbox as well spam folder. The digi set was send out last Thursday, February 23rd to everyone except for Julie Just

Julie, I've attempted to reach you at the e-mail provided.  But received a fail delivery message.  Please e-mail me at info@christinahordesigns.com and I will get the Heart Panda digi set over to you asap.  

BOX OF CRAFT GOODIES (4 U.S. PARTICIPANTS):  Bunny Hoyle, Migdalia Rodriguez, Pat Loar and Verna Angerhofer.

Bunny, Migdalia, Pat and Verna, I will have your goodies mail out later this week.  Thanks for your patience.


Jeanie and Sam, the gift card has been issued to you this morning and will be e-mail directly to you from Simon Says Stamp.  Please allow up to 48 hours.  If, however, you do not receive it by end of day Friday (March 3rd), please notify me immediately.  


Lenora, the gift card has been issued to you this morning and will be e-mail directly to you from Simon Says Stamp.  Please allow up to 48 hours.  If, however, you do not receive it by end of day Friday (March 3rd), please notify me immediately.  

SPECIAL "YOUNG CARDMAKERS" RECOGNITION AWARD:  Lily, Maura and Declan Cleary - grandchildren of Nancy Kalbach.

Nancy, I will email you later tonight with the details of the girls' prize :)

Thank you so much again to each and every one who contributed!  We hope you will be able to join us in the next card drive.  I will be hosting the card drive bi-annually during the month of January and July.  As soon as I have the details finalized for the next card drive, I will update it on the card drive page of my blog as well in a blog post.  So please stay tune!   :)

Thanks for joining me today.  May you have a lovely rest of your day.  Take care!


KT Fit Kitty said...

Yay! I see some of my friends' names! Congratulations to everyone! I enjoyed reading the comments from the parents and staff - they warmed my heart! I was so happy to be part of it! Thank you, Christina! I hope you will have more card drives!

Lori Kobular said...

Wow! 364 cards!! That is so awesome! It restores my faith in humanity! It was really touching to read the comments from the parents and staff, that makes it all worthwhile! Congratulations to all the winners!! I am proud to have been a part of this wonderful card drive!

Becky said...

Fantastic! That was a great response. And I loved reading the comments from the staff and patients. I would call this a great success. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of it.

Donna Ellis said...

You are so generous, Christina! I am happy to see so many familiar names who participated in your dear card drive. Christina, thank you for allowing me to participate, and be a small part of the incredible Heart-felt Journey so many must travel. I'm especially happy for the creators of cards, knowing that their loving kindness is being sent to places they would never have otherwise gone - touching lives of people they otherwise would never meet. THAT'S the true gift, is it not?

Thanks again, Christina, for your sweet friendship, encouragement, and for letting me be a small part of your card drive.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Thanks so much to all who organized this card drive. What an awesome cause and I so enjoyed reading the comments concerning the cards given out. I am glad I was able to join in on it and wish I had made more for it. But perhaps next time around I can make a few more. And, also a double thanks for picking my name as a winner. This is just icing on the cake as I want you to know that I had a wonderful time making those heart cards.

*Vicki* said...

That is awesome that all of these cards were sent! Wonderful card drive and I just wish I had the time to make some to send, but ran out of time...will have a stack for next time for sure! :) Congrats to the winners! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

Cara Malmrose said...

Great event! Enjoyed participating. Thank you again for the digi image and Congratulations to all the winners.

Bunny said...

I would be one of those people that passed out the cards and start crying. It made me cry just to hear that one of the parents started crying. I just love that they all loved them and how much they were appreciated. I'm so glad I could participate by making a few cards. Fortunately I heard about Hug A Heart through FT Fit Kitty's blog. What a blessing that the card count was bigger than in November. As the word spreads maybe we can make it bigger.

I see that I won a prize and it's so exciting to see that. Thank you.

Fiki said...

this is so nice gesture!
I would love to send cards but this time I was late.
I have always many cards!
congrats to winners

Migdalia said...

Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful cause and to everyone who participated as well. I really enjoyed reading their comments..Happy tears right now...Congrats to all of the winners and thank you again for picking my name as one of the winners. I can't wait for the next card drive. Thank you again, Christina!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting with Creative M

Janis said...

What a beautiful thing this card drive is! It just brings out the best in everyone, doesn't it? THANK YOU for all the work you put into it. The responses by the parents and staff made my day. Congratulations to the winners of the special prizes.....and congratulations to everyone for participating. Thank you for the privilege of being a part of this.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Lois Wyche said...

Congrats to everyone for doing an awesome job!

Megan J said...

Hi Christina, WOW so many cards and children, families and staff happy to be thought of, it is nice to hear how well the cards went with them all. Congratulations on a successful card drive... have a wonderful week... Megan

stampfoldandrepeat said...

Thank you Christina for organizing this card drive and sharing the comments from the families and staff. I am so happy I discovered this card drive while browsing one of the team's blogs. Unexpectedly happy to be a winner as well! Yay and thank you! I can stock up on a heart-themed product in preparation for next time!

stampfoldandrepeat said...

- Jeanie :)

Sue said...

Love reading the messages from the nurses and families. Amazing that such a small gesture can result in a bright spot in someones day. Proud to have been a part of this fabulous card drive and would like to say that Christina is so dedicated to this cause and works so hard organizing and offering prizes. Congratulations to the winner. So excited that more folks participated this time and hope it continues to grow.

Sue Drees

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