Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome to Three New Hospitals, One New Volunteer and OWH-ers Everywhere!

We are very happy and excited to announce we have a new volunteer who will be collecting and distributing your cards to the children in Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. Welcome Sybrina King! You can see her smiling face over there on the right and if you click on her picture, you will go to her new blog celebrating her new life in retirement. Here is the newest address you can send your handmade cards to:

SAS4Kids, c/o Sybrina King
11600 Huntington Way NW
Pickerington, OH 43147

We have more exciting news to announce! Janet Kay Bailey, our Illinois volunteer, has also added two more hospitals full of special kids who will receive your cards. The new facilities are Clearbrook in Arlington Heights, IL. and Streamwood Behavorial Healthcare System in Streamwood, IL. Janet and her family have a close connection to both of these facilities and your cards will help cheer kids with special needs in both of these facilities. How great is that?

Here is a reminder of Janet's address:

SAS4Kids c/o Janet Kay Bailey
11722 Parkway Drive Apt 6
Roscoe, IL 61073

I also wanted to extend a special welcome to all the card makers who have contacted us after Operation Write Home announced they were closing down. We are happy you have found us and our kids are going to love receiving your donated cards!

Can't believe summer is almost over! It is time to start making fall and winter holiday cards so all the kids in the 15 hospitals we now serve will receive one of each, and can also pick out some to send to special people they are missing on those holidays. We can always use thank you cards and some birthday cards and any day cheerful cards as well.

Thanks to all of you for your handmade cards and support.

Sending smiles 4 our kids, Karen

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Two More Hospitals Full of Kids to Send a Smile To!

Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing again! I am very happy to announce that we have a new volunteer and two new children's hospitals in Florida to send your cards to! LeeAnn McKinney is now accepting cards for the children who are inpatient in Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, FL and Golisano Children's Hospital of SW Florida, Fort Myers, Fl.

That brings the total number of hospitals we serve to 14!

We are grateful to LeeAnn for volunteering to accept your cards and distribute them to these two new hospitals. Both hospitals are affiliated with Ronald McDonald Houses so the children's families can stay close by and may use the cards we send too.

Here is the new address to send your cards to:

LeeAnn McKinney
128 Taft Blvd.
Clewiston, FL 33440

Currently, please send most of your cards to LeeAnn's address to give her a great start, or to Janet's address in Illinois. The other locations have enough cards for the time being. It is never too early to start making fall and winter holiday cards so that all the children in all the hospitals will receive one and also be able to pick out some to give or send to family and friends they are missing if inpatient on those holidays. All locations will have a need for holiday cards.

**Please include your name and email address in your boxes of cards so any of the volunteers who receive them can email our thanks and acknowledgement of the receipt of your box.**

Thanks to LeeAnn for volunteering and thank to all of you who send in your handmade cards to cheer the kids in the 14 hospitals we now serve!

Stamping smiles 4 Kids, Karen

Saturday, January 31, 2015

YEA- SAS4Kids now has 12 Children's Hospitals for Your Cards!

2015 is going to be a great year at SAS4Kids! I am excited to share with you that we have just added another volunteer who will be collecting your cards for three more children’s hospitals!  That brings the total of hospitals we serve up to 12! The new hospitals are in California and our new volunteer is NanaConnie. Many of you will know the name as she is on many design teams and has been in our top three several times with her gorgeous cards. NanaConnie has graciously volunteered to receive your boxes of cards, sort and label them and bring to three children’s hospitals close to her home in California. 

Here is the California address to send your cards to: NanaConnie Chapman, P.O. Box 80083, Bakersfield CA 93380.

Our other new location is in Illinois. Janet Bailey's address is: 11722 Parkway Dr. Apt. 6, Roscoe, IL 61073.

For the time being, please send all your boxes of cards equally to Janet Bailey’s address and to NanaConnie’s address so they can build up a supply and start bringing boxes to their kids in the new hospitals. Of course, we will accept boxes at the other locations as well, but the new sites need them more than we do in Wisconsin and Iowa. (As always, if you are in Canada, contact the Canadian SAS4Kids for their current needs and addresses.)

5/21/15 ***Updated to change: NanaConnie has been overwhelmed with your wonderful support and so we are asking that you wait a few months (until August) to send her any more cards. At that time all the sites will be looking for fall and winter holiday cards. We are anticipating opening up another location soon for you to send your cards to and if you would like to volunteer to accept cards for a local children's hospital, email me via the Contact Feature on the side of the blog.***

If you have a box ready to go now, please send  to Janet's Illinois address.

Our current needs are listed in the blog post below, but we accept cards for any holiday or occasion as long as they are appropriate for kids and follow our guidelines under the tab above.

Please join me in welcoming both Janet and NanaConnie and thanking them for helping us cheer more kids and their families. They are waiting for your boxes and cards, so can you make and send some cards to them soon?

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's a New Year at SAS4Kids and We are Cheering More Kids!

I am so happy to announce that we have signed on a new volunteer who will be accepting your cards for the kids who are inpatient at Children's Hospital of Illinois. Janet Bailey has volunteered to accept your homemade cards and deliver them to the kids at this new hospital! Here is Janet's address  where you can now start sending your cards to:

Janet Bailey
11722 Parkway Dr Apt 6
Roscoe IL 61073

Here is a wish list of cards and some info from the hospital: 

They have about 120 beds, and lots of kids from 5-12, but they also have a dialysis dept. that has "children" up to 20.  They have neo-natal with parents that could use cards of encouragement. Of course they have other children and cards for the youngest could just have colorful images, and teens. Because this is a Catholic hospital, they said they would accept cards with prayers, such as praying for you.

Wish list:
Well wishes
Have a great day
Thank you

CURRENT NEEDS: I am adding Mother's Day and Father's Day (FROM the kids) to this list for all our hospitals. Those two holidays and Easter and Spring cards are our next big holidays to make cards for. Please keep the older girls and boys in mind when you make your cards because we get the fewest cards for these age groups.

Please join me in thanking Janet for stepping up to help more kids. We still need more volunteers in different parts of the country to accept cards at their address, sort and deliver them to children's hospitals near to their home. Please contact me via the contact feature if you would be willing to help in this way.

Stamping smiles 4 our kids, Karen