(a special note to my friends in the U.S.)
There are many card drives during the holidays and throughout the year.
May I share about one you may have never heard of?
"HUG A HEART" CARDS DRIVE FOR CHILDREN
Our Blogging Buddy Christina Hor Designs has a very special Mission.
Her husband is a cardiologist at Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Christina tries to give parents of terminally ill children in the cardiac unit encouragement cards during the long process of procedures and care. If the saddest moment of loss happens, she provides a heartfelt sympathy card to the parents at the loss of their sweet baby or dear child.
She also tries to provide cheerful cards to the children in the cardiac intensive care and inpatient wings throughout the year.
Especially during Christmas she strives to deliver holiday cards.
This year, Christina and her children are creating mini 3D Christmas trees for each room in the intensive care and inpatient wings.
With so many rooms, Christina has never been able to have a card for every child spends Christmas in the cardiac unit.
This year, she is hoping to do that, but needs a little help from friends.
Would you like to create a simple, sweetly-appropriate children's Christmas card for those pediatric cardiac patients who will have to spend the holidays in the hospital?
If so, here is Christina's message
As these cards go to very young age children and of different ethnic background, I do have a few guidelines.
- use kid's friendly images. Kids love anything that is cute, cuddly and funny such as teddy bears, woodland creatures, reindeer, penguins as well snowman. Just to name a few.
- keep it clean with minimum embellishments. However, shaker cards and pop-up cards are welcome. So if you like making one of these cards and you know who you are, please do! But please make sure to use strong adhesive to ensure that none of the shaker/embellishment pieces fall out.
- consider keeping your theme more of a: winter scene, "thinking of you" as well just a general "holiday" theme since not all of them celebrate Christmas. Some celebrate Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapati and some just don't celebrate the holiday at all. So avoid using sentiment like "Merry Christmas" on your card.
Here are some sentiments i like to use: Let It Snow; Warm Winter Wishes; Thinking of you this holiday season; Sending you lots of hugs and wishing you a happy holiday.
If you are able to help, please have your card mail to me by December 10th to the address below. If you know of any crafty friends who would like to help, please forward the message to them or share on your blog post. It is safe to include the address in the blog post as it is my PO Box address and not my home address.
P.O. Box 517
Dublin, OH 43017
Thank you SO MUCH in advance for your help!
Christina suggested greetings to read something like:
"Sending you hugs and thinking of you this holiday season. From Ms. Christina of Ohio"
(only use your own name, of course LOL)
She will be delivering the cards and trees on Dec 15.
She is requesting cards by December 10.
NO GLITTER - NO ORNAMENTATION THAT
MIGHT FALL OFF OR BE PROBLEMATIC
FOR SMALL CHILDREN.
and a sweet thank you from me to my Sweet Friends!