Hello and welcome!  Thank you for joining me today for the launch of the first 2017 Hug a Heart Card Drive!  The purpose of this card drive, which runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17, is to collect handmade heart theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as “Thinking of You”, “Hello” or “Just Because” cards to distribute to the Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during next month American Heart Month.Many patients do not realize they have heart disease and amongst these are patients who are born with defects called congenital heart disease.  Throughout the year, the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, like many other hospitals, care for many patients with various forms of heart disease.  American Heart Month is especially an important time to not only raise awareness but a time to promote healthy habits and improve patients’ health.  Patients with congenital heart disease are particularly at risk and American Heart Month is a great time to help lift the spirits of these patients who are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

    I hope that you will be able to join me in this heartfelt cause. The cards you donate will not only brighten a heart patient’s day during Heart Month, but will positively impact that child’s life beyond what you can imagine.
    Please see below for more information about congential heart disease and the complete card donation guidelines. Thank you so much for your generosity and gift of cards!



    “Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and results in sometimes very complex disease that require multiple surgery and prolonged hospitalization. The advance in medical care and surgical techniques have improved survival for many of these patients who are born with various forms of congenital heart disease. However, for some congenital heart disease there is no cure and only palliative procedures are able to be perform which though imperfect gives the patients a chance at life. The success of treatment for patients with congenital heart disease has allowed many to become adults. Despite the success, many patients still require many medications, procedures and revisions improve the prior repair. For some patients, the only option is to undergo a heart transplant. Although Heart Month which is occurs in February focuses on important adult onset disease such as heart attacks and stroke, it is a particularly important month for patients with congenital heart disease as they are also at risk of developing these same disease like any one of us. However, given their congenital heart disease the risk of having an additional acquired heart disease makes it even more important for these patients. We hope that the Hug a Heart Card Drive can give these patients some heart-warming messages.” – Dr. Kan N. Hor (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital)



    Please mark your calendar for a blog hop party on February 1st (with prize) to celebrate the Hug a Heart Card Drive and to help raise awareness about heart disease and promote healthier lifestyle changes.



    I would like to acknowledge and extend my heartfelt gratitude to Donna Ellis, Lori Kobular, Becky Partan, Sue Drees, Edwina Brown and Sybrina K for their help with organizing the launch for this year first Hug a Heart Card Drive.  I could not have done this without these amazing, talented and tender hearted women!  Thank you so much Donna, Lori, Becky, Sue, Edwina and Sybrina!



    • Hug a Heart card drive is opens to both U.S. and International participants.   Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including young children.
    • Deadline: This card drive ends on February 14th 2017.  Please have your cards to us by February 14th.
    • Card Types: handmade cheerful “heart” theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because cards for children between ages of 1 to 19.  As long there are hearts on the cards, it counts.
    • Greetings (Sentiments) on your cardfront is optional.  But if you do include one, here are some suggestions: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, hello and Happy Heart Day.  NO Valentine’s Day greetings please.
    • Inside of cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card.  Keep it completely blank so hospital staff may write a personal message to each individual patient.  If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message.
    • Card size: please try to keep it to an A2 size card (finished 4.25”x5.5”).
    • Back of cards: This is completely optional.  You may include a label “handmade by + your name + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card.  It can be a hand-written, stamped or small computer printout label.
    • Please include an envelope for each card. Do not seal the envelope.
    • Please do not use loose glitter as it will get on hands and into eyes.
    • Please keep embellishments to a minimum and avoid using any that might be unsafe for young children.


    Please package your cards in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged.  Please include the following information with the cards so that I may acknowledge your gift of cards and enter you for the “Thank You” prize giveaways below.
    Your Full Name
    E-mail Address
    Mailing Address


    P.O. BOX 517
    DUBLIN, OH 43017


    To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, we have several prize packages to give away. To be consider for the prize drawing, please be sure to include a form with your full name, email address and mailing address when mailing in your box/package of cards.
    • Heart Panda digi set by Christina Hor – everyone that send in cards will receive this pencil sketched Heart Panda digi set of mine.  The set also come with this gorgeous sentiment by the lovely Donna Ellis, made for the Hug a Heart Card Drive.
    • Craft Goodies – to two random U.S. participants.  Each a box of craft goodies, value at $25.
    • $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate – to two random International participants.
    • $50 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate: everyone that send in 30+ cards will be enter into this drawing.



    Please don’t hesitate to contact me (Christina Hor) directly at [email protected] for any questions or clarifications you may have regarding the card drive.



    Please help share with others about Hug a Heart Card Drive and brighten a heart patient’s day this February’s Heart Month by displaying the Hug a Heart Card Drive banner below on your blog’s sidebar as well on social media.  Please use hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing on social media.  Thank you so kindly!

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