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 [email protected] 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!

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