Hello and welcome to Cards for Little Hearts’ 2018 Winter & Holiday card drive!  I started this card drive back in 2016 and the purpose of Cards for Little Hearts is to bring smiles, hope and encouragement to congenital heart patients with handmade cards.  Currently we deliver the cards to two Heart Centers in Ohio – Nationwide Children’s Hospital Heart Center and The University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

The current card drive will run from October 1st thru November 1st with Winter-themed and Holiday cards collection.   The deadline to receive cards is November 1st.  Please see below or over on the  Cards for Little Hearts’ website for the complete guidelines.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and checking out about Cards for Little Hearts.  I hope that you will be able to join me in this heartwarming cause.  The cards you donate will not only brighten a child’s day, but will positively impact that child’s life beyond what you can imagine.  Even if you are able to get only one card made, please send it in.  That’s one child’s life that you will brighten and make a HUGE difference in this upcoming winter holiday season.  May you have a wonderful and blessed day ahead.  Take care.

TYPES of CARDS ACCEPTING

  • Winter-Themed design cards using general and/or winter related sentiments
  • Season Greetings cards and Happy Holiday cards.  [Please keep holiday cards non-religious specific (no religious symbols or sentiment like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa)]
  • “Merry Christmas” cards are acceptable.  But if possible, we encourage using “Happy Holiday” or make a few extra cards to say “Happy Holiday” as not all the patients & their family celebrate Christmas.  It also helps make it so much easier for the staff to distribute out the cards.
  • Acceptable Images: any winter and holiday images like woodland creatures, people, snowman, reindeer, elves and even Santa are acceptable.  Also acceptable are pre-colored images and die-cuts.  (For health safety of the children, we are unable to accept cards made in a smoking environment.)

Card Guidelines

Cards MUST be handmade

Keep cards fun and cheerful.  Use happy color.

AGE GROUP NEED CARDS FOR:  ages 1 – college grad.

CARD SIZE: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (A2), 5″x7″ and square cards no larger than 5″x5″

FRONT OF CARD: must include sentiment

INSIDE OF CARD: depending on WHO is making the card…

  • Card made by a child:  have the child signs the inside with his/her first name, city and age.  Example: Love, Sofia from Ohio, age 4.   Include a short message too if he/she wants to (this will make the patient receiving the card feel like he/she is receiving a sweet card from a pen-pal).
  • Card made by an adult – leave inside blank.  The staff will be writing a personal message to each child before signing.

If using dark colored paper card base, do please adhere a white or light color piece of paper to the inside to make it easier for patients to read the message from the staff.

BACK OF CARD (OPTIONAL):  You may include your full name (or nickname).  If you like, you may also download our card labels and adhere them to your cards along with your name.  Please do not include any other personal (as well business) information such as email, mailing address or phone number.  Hospital staff will not be able to distribute cards with these information.

PACK & MAIL YOUR CARDS

MUST INCLUDE Card acknowledge form with your cards so we have a way of notifying you that your cards been received.

DO NOT INCLUDE ENVELOPES.  We will be packing the cards individually into clear bag to keep them protected.

MAIL CARDS TO: 
Christina Hor
c/o Cards for Little Hearts
P.O. Box 517
Dublin ~ Ohio 43017
U.S.A.

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